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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.
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:
The online Application for Admission.
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.
- *U.S. institutions: Request that official transcripts be sent directly to the NDSU Office of Admission from your institution (see below for mailing address). We also accept the following versions of official transcripts from U.S. institutions sent from the following electronic delivery services: National Student Clearinghouse (send to Int’l Undergrad Admissions), Parchment, Credentials eScrip-Safe, SMART/Joint Service Transcript.
- *Non-U.S. institutions: Apply for a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation. Click here for more details.
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 transcripts must be submitted directly to the Office of Admission.
- *U.S. high schools: Request that official transcripts be sent directly from your high school to the NDSU Office of Admission
- *Non-U.S. high schools: Request that official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services Office. Click here for more details on how to submit your international high school documents.
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 3-4 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.
What cumulative GPA is required for admission to NDSU as a transfer student?
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.
Is there any other particular focus in consideration for 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.
What impact does a previous suspension from another institution have on admission to NDSU?
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.
Are there special requirements if I attended high school or college outside of the United States?
If you attempted college/university coursework outside the United States, you must submit official academic records as well as a foreign credential evaluation. For complete details, click here.
If you are completing/have completed high school outside the United States, you must submit official academic records directly to North Dakota State University. For details regarding how to submit official documents, click here.