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. You can typically expect an admission decision within two to three weeks of submitting all materials.

Please review the information below for all admission requirements.

Admission Deadlines

Submit the online application for admission and all required materials by the posted deadlines. 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Students OUTSIDE the United States: May 1

Students INSIDE the United States: August 1 

Students OUTSIDE the United States: October 1

Students INSIDE the United States: December 1 

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. 


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. 

English Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration (see International First-Year Student Admission Procedures below).

If you are from a country in which the only official language is English, you are exempt from the English proficiency requirements listed below.

Approved countries are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, the Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Financial Support

All applicants must submit official documents as evidence of financial support, showing available funds equivalent to estimated annual costs for one year of attendance.

International First-Year Student Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission you must submit the following:

  1. The online application for admission.
    • You will need your NDSU Insider username and password, or you can create a new account. 
  2. A $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. Your official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams taken, based on the following: 
    • U.S. institutions: Request that official transcripts be sent directly to the NDSU Office of Admission from your institution.
    • Non-U.S. institutions: Apply for an official World Education Services (WES) evaluation report or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) evaluation report. Request this report.
  4. Your English test scores. 
    • All applicants must submit an official test score or completion report that meets one of the posted levels (see chart below). All test scores are valid for two years, and score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
      TOEFL (school code 6474) 71 IBT or 525 PBT
      IELTS 6.0 overall
      Pearson's (PTE) Academic 50
      ACT English subscore (school code 3202)  18
      SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (school code 6474)  480 (or 430*)
      ELS Language Center Level 112 completion 

      *Required SAT Writing score if exam was taken prior to March 5, 2016.
      Note: If you have completed four or more terms of full-time academic study in the United States, English test scores are not required. 

  5. A copy of official financial documentation from a bank official or sponsoring government, showing available funds equivalent to estimated annual costs for one year of attendance. Please refer to acceptable forms for a detailed listing of requirements.
  6. A copy of your passport and other immigration documents, if applicable.
Explanation of Fees

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.

International Registration

Upon being admitted to NDSU, new international students will be invited to register early via Campus Connection, if eligible. Those eligible to register early will receive registration information via email. All first-year international students will receive registration information at the mandatory international student orientation, which is held the week before semester classes begin.

Material Submission

Please mail all supplemental materials to one of the following addresses.

Postal Mail

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2832, P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108 USA

Courier, Express, or Priority Mail

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
1301 Administration Avenue
Ceres Hall 114
Fargo, ND 58102 USA