Incoming freshman are encouraged to complete the application process sometime between September and January for the following Fall Semester or by November for the following Spring Semester to ensure other applications and paperwork can be completed in a timely manner. The priority application deadline for Fall Semester is August 1. The priority application deadline for Spring Semester is December 1. (Exceptions include students who have answered Yes to any Safety and Security questions, students who are required to participate in the Intensive English Language Program, and Pathway Program applicants. These groups all have other deadlines prior to the start of classes.) Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date all materials are received to process your application. You can expect an admission decision by mail.
Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. Admission decisions are based on your total high school record. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits.
Applicants must complete the following high school college preparatory courses (one unit equals one year of study):
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)
- 3 units of laboratory science
- 3 units of social science
Completion of the core courses does not guarantee admission to NDSU.
In addition to fulfilling the college preparatory courses, grade point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT scores are considered in evaluating an application. The ACT writing test is not required. The general guidelines used in making admission decisions include a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) with strong consideration given to grades earned in college preparatory courses. An ACT composite score of 21 or higher or SAT score (math and reading) of 970 or higher is recommended. Students who do not meet these guidelines will be considered if other supporting factors show potential for success.
NDSU will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing prior to 2002, an average of 45 and subject scores no lower than 40 are required. Students testing between 2002 and 2014 must present an overall average score of 450 with no subject score lower than 410. Students testing after 2014 must present scores of 150 or higher on each of the four content areas.
Freshman Admission Procedures
To be considered for freshman admission, students must submit the following:
The Completed Application for Admission. The application is available online.
A $35 nonrefundable Application Fee. The fee can be paid at the time you apply online or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid. SBHE Policy 805.3 mandates the undergraduate application fee of $35. This fee supports recruitment, admission and outreach activities and includes, but is not limited to, direct mail, publication printing, office supplies, computer software (i.e., ImageNow) and other expenses associated with the Office of Undergraduate Admission at NDSU.
An official high school Transcript. An in progress transcript should be sent to make an admission decision and a high school transcript with final grades and a graduation date is required upon completion of high school. Transcripts must be signed and dated by a school official. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts.
Scores from the ACT or SAT (NDSU code number is 3202 for the ACT and 6474 for SAT). The ACT writing test is not required.
Official college Transcripts. Students taking course work at colleges or universities while enrolled in high school should mail official transcripts. To be considered official, the transcripts must be sent directly to NDSU from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be sent at the completion of all college coursework and are not necessarily required to make an admission decision. Students with substantial college course work (more than 24 earned credits) are encouraged to send official transcripts at the time of application for a preliminary course evaluation.
Admission materials should be mailed directly to NDSU Office of Admission, Dept. 2832, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.
International Student Admission
International Student requirements for admission differ from U.S. students.
Applications are evaluated based on English language proficiency, academic achievement and financial resources. You can get the application and more details regarding requirements and deadlines from the Office of Global Outreach.