Transfer Requirements

Applying as a Transfer Student

When making an admission decision, NDSU considers an applicant’s overall academic performance. In evaluating your application, we will take into consideration your cumulative college grade point average (GPA) and high school preparation, if applicable.

College Credits

If you have fewer than 24 completed transferable college credits, your high school record will be taken into consideration along with your college record.

If you have 24 or more completed transferable college credits, your admission decision will be made based on:

  • Coursework attempted
  • Coursework completed
  • Cumulative GPA from all post-secondary institutions
Transfer Admission Procedures

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

  1. The online application for admission.
  2. A $35 nonrefundable application fee, which 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 transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Note: Transfer students may not disregard any part of their previous college record. Failure to report all college and university enrollment may result in dismissal, loss of credit, or both.
  4. Your official high school transcript (required unless 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits of college coursework have been completed at the time of application). GED results may be used to fulfill this requirement. Note: In order to be considered official, high school and college transcripts must be submitted directly to the Office of Admission from the college or post-secondary institutions you attended. Transcripts must be signed by the school official and contain the school seal. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts.
  5. An ACT or SAT score (required unless 24 or more credits of transferable college coursework have been completed at the time of application, or the applicant is 25 or older on the first day of class).
  6. WES credential evaluation for all coursework taken outside of the United States. Request this evaluation.Note: English proficiency scores may be required based on the applicant's education history and language proficiency. Contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about this policy.
Send all materials to:
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept. 2832, P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 5801-6050 USA
Transfer Credit

Upon admission to NDSU, students’ transcripts are forwarded to the NDSU Office of Registration and Records for an evaluation of transfer credits. You can expect an evaluation approximately 6 to 8 weeks after admission to NDSU. To help in preparation for a transfer, courses that are accepted as NDSU course equivalencies are listed online with other academic information.

NDSU's admission staff is available to work with you one on one to select classes at your home institution that will transfer to NDSU and to continue with advising as you prepare your NDSU course schedule. It is important for you to contact us early in your college career to ensure that your coursework will apply to your degree of study at NDSU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to common questions about the transfer student application process.

In most cases, we recommend that all applicants have at least a 2.0 GPA in all college coursework to be considered for admission. If you have credits from more than one college or university, all credits will be combined to determine the cumulative GPA for consideration of admission.

When reviewing applications, particular attention is paid to your most recent coursework and the number of credits completed. If you have coursework in progress at the time of application, all must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or above. 

Students who have been suspended from other institutions will not be considered for admission to NDSU until the suspension has been lifted by that institution or until one year has elapsed.