ACT/SAT Frequently Asked Questions

NDSU’s ACT/SAT requirement has been waived for applicants applying for Fall 2020-Spring 2022. The limited availability of tests and testing site closures during the spring of 2020 and beyond may prevent students from taking these exams. NDSU will rely on the high school grade point average (GPA) to make admission decisions.

 

Why is NDSU waiving the ACT/SAT?

NDSU’s ACT/SAT requirement has been waived for applicants applying for Fall 2020-Summer 2022. The limited availability of tests and testing site closures during the spring of 2020 and beyond may prevent students from taking these exams. 

How long will this change be in effect?

Students applying for terms starting Fall 2020 through Summer 2022 will not be required to provide a standardized test score to be considered for admission to NDSU. 

Who does the change in admission requirements apply to?

Any first year or transfer applicant for the terms of Fall 2020 through Summer 2022 will be exempt from the test requirement. International applicants should refer to specific requirements online.  

How will you make admission decisions?

NDSU will rely on the high school grade point average (GPA) to make admission decisions for first year students. NDSU’s guidelines also include completion of minimum requirements in the core subject areas of English, math, social sciences and lab sciences. See our admission requirements for details. 

Admission evaluation for transfer students will be based on a high school GPA and grades for any completed college-level coursework. 

If I don’t provide a test score what are my chances of being admitted?

If you don’t provide a test score, we will evaluate your GPA and grades in core courses with more weight given to grades in core classes. NDSU recommends students have a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA. 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.

What if I plan to take an ACT or SAT later this year?

We can evaluate your high school grades and make a decision for you before a test score is provided. If you feel it may be an advantage for you to take the test, you can wait to apply for admission. 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.

Can I ask to have my test score considered as part of my admission review?

Yes, you may elect to send scores if you feel they may help provide a more complete representation of your academic abilities.

How do you know if I want my test score used in an admission decision?

Please carefully answer the questions on the application for admission. Your responses will determine which criteria and information are used in your evaluation, including test scores.  

Who should provide a test score?

If you are applying for admission and you have a test score and feel an ACT or SAT score demonstrates your abilities better than your GPA, provide your test score. 

All students who would like to be considered for scholarships that require a test score, should submit an official score. NDSU awards several scholarships that do not require a test score. Please see https://www.ndsu.edu/admission/financial_aid/first_year_scholarships for a full list. 

Test scores can also be used for course placement in Math and English.

The Early Admission Pathway (EAP) to NDSU's PharmD Program requires a standardized test score. More information on the EAP can be found online at https://www.ndsu.edu/pharmacy/pharmd/app_eap/.

Will I still qualify for scholarships if I don’t submit a test score?

Plans for awarding NDSU’s merit scholarships are under development and are slated for release in September.