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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 to three weeks of the receipt of all materials. Please review information below for a detailed list of admission requirements. 

Admission Deadlines

Spring Semester (begins January) 

Fall Semester (begins August)

  • Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
  • Final Deadline to submit Application: December 15

  • Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
  • Final Deadline to submit Application: August 1

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

NDSU considers an applicant’s overall academic performance when making an admission decision. An applicant’s cumulative college grade point average (GPA) and high school preparation (if applicable) are taken into consideration when evaluating an applicant: 

  • Fewer than 24 transferrable college credits completed at the time of application - your high school record will be taken into consideration along with your college academic record.
  • 24 or more transferrable college credits completed at the time of application - a decision will be based on your college academic record including coursework attempted, coursework completed and cumulative GPA from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.

In most cases, it is recommended that all applicants present at least a 2.0 GPA in all college course work 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 admission consideration.

When reviewing applications, particular attention is paid to students’ most recent course work and the number of credits completed.

If you have in-progress course work at the time of application, all course work 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. 

Transfer Student Admission Procedures

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

  1. Online Application for Admission

  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 transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 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. Official high school transcript (required unless 24 or more semester/36 quarter credits of transferable 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 institution(s) you attended. Transcripts must be signed by the school official and contain the school seal. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts. 

  5. ACT or SAT score (required unless 24 or more semester/36 quarter credits of transferable college coursework have been completed at the time of application). If the applicant is 25 or older on the first day of class, test scores are not required. 

  6. WES Credential Evaluation for all coursework taken outside of the United States. Steps to request this evaluation are available here.

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 item. 

Send all materials to:


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

Transfer Credit

Upon successful 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 three to four weeks after admission to NDSU. To help in preparation for a transfer, courses that are accepted in transfer to NDSU and the 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 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 your course work will apply to your degree of study at NDSU.

Safety & Security

For the safety and security of the NDSU community, all students making application to NDSU must answer safety and security questions on the application for admission. An affirmative response to any of these questions does not automatically prevent admission, but you will be asked to provide official criminal documentation before your application can move forward. A personal narrative explaining the nature of the offense(s) and the surrounding circumstances assists the committee in making decisions. Applications will not be reviewed until all admission and criminal record information has been received. All documentation must be received 30 days prior to the start of each term. Please contact the Director of Admission with questions you may have regarding this process.

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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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