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Conditional Admission (IELP + Bachelor's Degree)

International applicants who meet all academic and financial requirements for admission to NDSU but not minimum English proficiency level may be eligible for Conditional Admission. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at NDSU is designed to help non-native speakers achieve English proficiency and will help to prepare students for full-time, university-level coursework. 

Admission Deadlines

 The online application for admission and all required materials must be received by NDSU by the posted deadlines. 

  Fall Semester (August - December)

Spring Semester (January - May)

  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 

Conditional Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • Academics - All applicants should have a secondary school educational background in the core curriculum of: laboratory science, mathematics, social science and English to be considered for admission. Post-secondary course work is also reviewed. A secondary/high school grade point average (GPA) of 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 Conditional Admission Procedures below). 
  • 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. 

Conditional Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  1.  Online Application for Admission.  You will need your NDSU Insider User Name and Password, or you can create a new account. 

  2. $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. Official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams taken, based on the following: 

    * U.S. institution - request official transcript(s) be sent directly to the NDSU Office of Admission from your institution
    * Non-U.S. institution - apply for an official World Education Services (WES) evaluation report. Steps to request this report are available here:  

  4. English test scores. All applicants must submit an official test score or completion report meeting 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) 50 IBT or 468 PBT
    IELTS5.5 overall
    Pearson's (PTE) Academic  42
    ELS Language CenterLevel 106 completion  

    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. 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. Copy of passport and other immigration documents, if applicable.
Send all materials to:



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

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



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. 

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2832 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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