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International Transfer Student Admission

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of posted deadlines to ensure all required admission materials arrive in a timely manner. An admission decision is typically returned to the applicant within two (2) to three (3) weeks of the receipt of all materials. Please 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 

International Transfer Student 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 an educational background in the core curriculum of: laboratory science, mathematics, social science and English to be considered for admission. A post-secondary/university grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 (4.0 scale) or the equivalent, 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)
  • 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 Transfer Student 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)71 IBT or 525 PBT
    IELTS6.0 overall
    Pearson's (PTE) Academic50
    ACT English subscore (school code 3202) 18
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (school code 6474)  480 (or 430*)
    ELS Language CenterLevel 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. 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


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


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
Courier address: North Dakota State University Office of Admission
                         1301 Administration Ave. / 114 Ceres Hall
                         Fargo, ND 58102
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