International First-Year Requirements

Applying as a First-Year International Student

We encourage you to apply in advance of all posted deadlines to make sure that all of your materials arrive in a timely manner.

International First-Year Student Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. See the criteria below that the university uses in order to ensure that students are adequately prepared to be successful in their academic pursuits. 

  • Academics and English Proficiency

    To be considered for admission, all applicants should have an educational background in the core curriculum of laboratory science, mathematics, social science, and English. A secondary or high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or the equivalent in core subjects is recommended. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered for admission if there is evidence in the student’s academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration. Learn more about the requirements. 

International First-Year Student Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission you must submit the following:

  1. The application for admission.
    • A nonrefundable application fee will be collected through your online application upon submission. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.
  2. Your international high school academic records. 
    • All first-year applicants must upload unofficial academic documents to the online application. Official documents will be required to be mailed to NDSU post-acceptance. More detail will be provided to the applicant after admission. If you have questions, please email us at
  3. Your English test scores. 
Submit Your Documents

Please submit all materials to the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services. Click here for instructions on how to submit your documents. If you have other questions about document submission, please email us at