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Freshman Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • High School GPA - It is recommended applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core courses listed below.
  • Test Score(s) - An ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1100 or higher (evidence-based reading and writing + math combined score) is also recommended. If you have not achieved this score, you are strongly encouraged to re-test. The writing component of the ACT is not required.
  • High School Core Coursework - Students applying for admission for Fall 2017* should complete the following 14 high school core courses:

    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
    1 unit from existing core subject area or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages or American Sign Language)

Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower test scores, or conversely, lower GPAs and higher test scores will also be given consideration.

*The current guidelines of 14 core courses will remain in effect for students seeking admission for the fall of 2017 and increase to 15 core courses for students seeking admission for the fall of 2018. 

NDSU will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing in 2014 or later, a minimum score of 170 must be presented. Applicants with GED scores prior to 2014 must meet prior requirements for successful completion of a GED. 

Freshman Admission Procedures

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to complete the application process 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 final deadline to apply for admission for fall semester is August 1. The final deadline to apply for admission for spring semester is December 1. Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date all materials are received to make an admission decision. You can expect an admission decision by mail.

To be considered for freshman admission, students must submit the following:

  1.  Online Application for Admission.

  2. $35 nonrefundable application fee. The fee can be paid online at the time you apply or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.

  3. Official High School Transcript. An in-progress transcript should be sent to make an admission decision. In order to be considered official, your transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from your high school and signed and dated by a school official. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts. A high school transcript with final grades and a graduation date is required upon completion of high school. The deadline to provide final transcripts is August 1.

  4. ACT or SAT scores (unless applicant is 25 or older). The ACT writing test is not required.

  5. Official College Transcripts. Students taking course work at colleges or universities while enrolled in high school must send official transcripts. To be considered official, the transcript must be sent directly to NDSU from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be sent at the completion of all college course work and are not necessary to make an initial admission decision. Students with substantial college course work (more than 24 earned credits) may send official transcripts at the time of application for a preliminary evaluation. The deadline to provide final transcripts is August 1. NDSU honors suspensions from other institutions. Admission will be rescinded from students suspended from another institution, even for course work taken while enrolled in high school.

Safety & Security

For the safety and security of the NDSU community, all students making application to NDSU must answer safety and security questions on the application for admission. An affirmative response to any of these questions does not automatically prevent admission, but you will be asked to provide official criminal documentation before your application can move forward. A personal narrative explaining the nature of the offense(s) and the surrounding circumstances assists the committee in making decisions. Applications will not be reviewed until all admission and criminal record information has been received. All documentation must be received 30 days prior to the start of each term. Please contact the Director of Admission with questions you may have regarding this process.



The admission application fee supports recruitment, admission and outreach activities and includes, but is not limited to, direct mail, publication printing, office supplies, computer software and other recruitment and admission expenses associated with the Office of Undergraduate Admission at NDSU. 

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2832 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Courier address: North Dakota State University Office of Admission
                         1301 Administration Ave. / 114 Ceres Hall
                         Fargo, ND 58102
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Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2016 1:49:45 PM
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