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IELP Admission (Full-time intensive English study)

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at NDSU is designed to help non-native speakers achieve English proficiency. Enrollment for IELP students is limited to English classes. To be considered for degree-seeking admission with IELP, please review Conditional Admission information. 

An admission decision is typically returned to the applicant within two (2) to three (3) weeks of the receipt of all materials. Pleas review information below for a detailed list of admission requirements. 

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 

IELP 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 IELP Admission Procedures below). 
  • Financial Support - All applicants must submit official documents as evidence of financial support showing available funds equivalent to IELP estimated costs for one year of attendance. 

IELP 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)40 IBT or 433 PBT
    IELTS4.0 overall
    Pearson's (PTE) Academic  38
    ELS Language CenterLevel 103 completion  
    Previous English Study1 year with 70% average  

  5. Copy of official financial documentation from a bank official or sponsoring government showing available funds equivalent to IELP estimated annual costs for one year of attendance. Please refer to Acceptable forms for a detailed listing of requirements. 


    IELP Tuition$13,828
    University Student Fees   $1,515
    New Student and Orientation Fees  $195
    Housing & Meal Plan (9 months)$8,824
    Health Insurance$1,748
    Books and Supplies$800
    Total Expenses$26,610

  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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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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