Application for 2024 now open below!

2024 NDGS at NDSU Application: October 1st-January 15th, 2024

Acceptance Decision and Notification: March 2024


North Dakota Governor's Schools is a state-legislated, summer academic residential program. For four weeks, every other summer, North Dakota's best and brightest students, chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, live and study on NDSU campus. Students choose one of four learning programs through which to explore an interdisciplinary curriculum: (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). 


  • Students from North Dakota public schools (e.g. local school districts, charters, federal) or non-public schools (e.g. private, parochial, homeschool) may apply. 
  • Must be a current 10th or 11th grade student at the application. 
  • Student must be a resident of North Dakota. 
  • Student must maintain a cummulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

Selection Criteria

Multiple criteria are used in the selection process for all North Dakota Governor's Schools applicants. It is stressed that NDGS is meant for students who have an above average ability in the classroom and are scholastically motivated learners. The following components will be considered:

  • Personal Essay
  • 2 Recommendations (one from a teacher and one from a counselor/administrator)
  • Community involvment, activities, awards, life experiences, and honors.
  • Scholastic performance as shown on transcripts or attested by teachers.

Online Application

The online portal allows you to start and return to the application at a later date. Students also have the opportunity to review their application before submitting. Please take the time to ensure all of your information is accurate and complete. Once the student is satisfied, submit the application to complete the process. Quality applications take time. Please begin your application early and commit adequate time to complete it. 

Student Information

This section is where students provide contact and basic information about themselves.




This can be an unofficial transcript. Your counselor or principal can help you access this. 

Learning Pathway

Students should be prepared to attend either pathway. We will do our best to honor your first choise for a learning program. Each program will have a maximum number of 12-15 participants, so some participants may be offered their second choice. 

Personal Essay

In 250 words or less, please describe what personal or unique activity or attributes set you apart from your peers. Describe the reason for its importance to you. Unique activities or attributes can include hobbies, service to others, internships or job experiences, or creative and artistic expressions. 

Activity & Experience

List all significant achievements, awards, and accomplishments since 9th grade. 




Provide the name, email address, and phone number of one content-specific teacher who can speak to your skills and interests related to the learning program you selected, and one principal or counselor who can provide verification of your academic talents and interest in learning. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all documents have been received by NDGS at NDSU. Supporting documentation such as high school transcript and teacher recommendations are due no later than January 15th, 2024.

Follow Up

Students should follow-up with their teacher/principal/counselor to make sure the recommendation request email was received and the recommendation was submitted. Remember, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to ensure all application materials are received for the selection committee to review. 

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