Questions about your International Undergraduate Application?

Below please find answers to some common questions about submitting documents required to complete your admission file.

Read this page carefully. If you do not find the answer to your question on this page, below, please email us with your question:

Important: If you have emailed us asking for an update on your case, or to ask if we have received your documents, please be patient and wait for our reply. Do not send duplicate emails or call the office for updates. Only contact us by email so that we may be able to more efficieintly track your specific case.

Technical Issues

Login or Password Problems
  • Login URL: NDSU has separate portals for graduate applicants, international undergraduate applicants, and domestic (U.S.) applicants. Be sure you are logging into the correct portal. The portal for international undergraduate (bachelor's degree level) applicants is located here:
  • Your Username: Your username is always the email address you used to set up your account on
  • Password: If you have forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password" link on the login page and you will receive an email in the next few minutes which will allow you to reset your password.
    • Watch closely for this reset email - be sure that you are checking the correct email account, and that you have looked through your junk/spam folders for the email from our office.
    • The title of the email is: "Welcome to your NDSU Application for International Admission" and is sent
Application Fee
  • A $35 application fee is required as part of the international undergraduate application process, each term that you apply, even if you defer your admission from one term to another future term.
  • Application fee waivers are not possible.
  • The payment for the $35 application fee is found within the application itself, through our payment service "Nelnet QuikPay." You must have a credit/debit card to pay. If you do not have a credit/debit card of your own, and you have a family member or friend who wants to pay on your behalf, please email us at to ask for a special payment link for the person assisting you.
Application Submission Errors

If your application is at 99% complete and you are unable to submit your application, it likely is because the application fee is unpaid. A $35 application fee is due before you can submit the application. Please return to your application, review it, and then click "Save & Pay" to pay the application fee online by credit/debit card.

Is your technical issue not listed here?

If you need more assistance, please fill out our support request form by clicking the "Get Help" button below. You can explain your technical issues and upload any screenshots/photos of the error messages you may be receiving. The screenshots will help us address your issue more quickly.

Application Deadlines & Requirements


We have a rolling admissions policy for international applicants and evaluate applications as documents are received. Although there are no final application deadlines, we encourage you to apply by June 1 for Fall semester (August start) and November 1 (January start). Please note, being admitted after these dates may make you ineligible for certain scholarships based on these priority deadlines.

We want you to be successful here. If travel and/or a new visa is required for you to being study at NDSU, the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services always reserves the right to defer your admission to a future term if additional time is needed to complete any required admission or immigration-related processes. 

Can I be admitted for Summer?

Most students who are admitted for summer are non-degree students - for example, international students from another school just taking one or two classes on campus online over the summer. But for regular degree-seeking F-1 students, summer is not always a viable option, and we recommend a Fall intake instead.

Summer term begins in May/June each year and the availability of in-person courses during the summer semester is quite limited.  If this will be your first term of study for a degree-seeking program, this can be challenging for maintaining full-time student status. Also please note, we currently do not offer a full international student orientation program in the summer; any degree-seeking international students for summer would be required to come to Fall's orientation. Arriving for the Fall or Spring semester provides a more supportive experience for you.

Specific questions about your academic marks and GPA requirements for admission?
  • Academic requirements can be found here: First-Year Applicants OR Transfer Applicants
  • Transcripts must be sent via the methods listed below. Transcripts received from students via email will not be reviewed.
  • We do not pre-review marks/transcripts or English Profiency scores for admissibility - you must submit your application, and then, materials are reviewed.

I submitted my application. What next?

A Reminder About Uploading Documents

Once your application is submitted and you view your checklist, you can no longer upload any documents to your application and they must be submitted directly to our office. Please follow the directions below if you have questions on how to submit documents.

Do Not Send Duplicate Documents

If you uploaded any documents/attachments to your online application, do not email additional copies to us. This will only slow our ability to process your application. If you send extra documents by email that were not specifically requested by us, the documents may be deleted.

What is my application status?

If you have already submitted your application, your can log back into your online application here to view your checklist.

How long before my items are marked as received?

If you recently submitted documents and the items are not yet marked as received, please be patient. Depending on the item and the special review required, it may take up to 2 weeks for us to check off items as received.

Wait for your Admission Decision

Please allow up to three weeks after all required documents are received for your admission decision. You will be notified by email that your decision is ready to view, and you will be directed back to your online application portal, to view your decision on the application dashboard.This notification will be sent to the email address you used when you created your online account. 

If you are admitted, your decision letter will be available through the dashboard - you will have an opportunity to accept or decline the offer of admission. 

How to Submit Documents

  • Secondary/High School:  If you are a first-year applicant, you must have your official secondary marks/transcript mailed to us in a sealed envelope from your school(s).  If your secondary schools cannot mail the original, they may mail a stamped copy of the original in a sealed envelope.
  • Post-Secondary/University level (foreign institutions located outside the United States): For transfer applicants with foreign coursework or credentials, you must obtain an external credential evaluation from a provider such as ECE or WES. More information on this process can be found here.
  • U.S. Post-Secondary University level:  These transcripts can be mailed to us; however the easiest and quickest way is to send the transcript electronically through a delivery service such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse (send to "Int'l Undergrad Admissions"), or Credentials eScrip-Safe.
What is your mailing address?

Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services 
c/o Lisa Hauck
North Dakota State University 
1401 Administration Ave, Memorial Union 116
Fargo, ND  58102  U.S.A.

Passport or Financial Documents

Use this secure file transfer link to submit these documents to our office. 

Do not send transcripts through email or secure file link - only send them via the method(s) listed above under "Transcripts."

English Proficiency (Test Scores)

If you are from one of the exempt countries, this item will be waived. For all others, please follow these instructions for sending your test scores to NDSU. 

Minimum scores needed for admission and the list of exempt countries can be found here

Test NameNotes
IELTSBefore you take the exam, you can request that your IELTS result be sent directly to us here at North Dakota State University. You can also send us a copy of your test score report and we can look up your result on the IELTS site using your TRF number from your report, and that will be considered an official verification. 
ACTCode 3202
SATCode 6474

Admission Process - Review of your Application

Please allow up to three weeks after all required documents are received for your admission decision. Important: Applications are not reviewed until you have 1) submitted the online application AND 2) sent us all mandatory documents.

You will be notified by email when your decision is ready to view, and you will be directed back to your online application portal, to view your decision on the application dashboard.

If you are admitted, your decision letter will be available through the dashboard - you will have an opportunity to accept or decline the offer of admission. This notification will be sent to the email address you used when you created your online account. 

After Admission

Have you been admitted to NDSU as an undergraduate international student? Congratulations! Below you will find some important resources to read through as you plan to begin your studies at NDSU.

Are you eligible for scholarships?

Click here to read more about scholarships available to degree-seeking international undergraduate students.

Please note, non-immigrant international students are not eligible for federal U.S. government "financial aid." 

Prepare to Attend Orientation

After you have been admitted, you will remain in contact with the ISSAS office regarding your arrival and upcoming required orientation activities at NDSU. For more information on the steps to take after you have been admitted to NDSU, please visit the New Student Resources page on our website.

Placement Tests
  • English: Click here to take a survey to help you get placed in the correct English writing (composition) course during your first semester at NDSU.
  • Math: Take the Math Placement Test course in Blackboard Learn.
Understanding Transfer Credit

If you are an admitted international undergraduate transfer student, transfer credits are evaluated by the NDSU Office of Registration and Records and are posted to your NDSU account approximately six to 10 weeks following admission. Students with previous college-level credit should be prepared to submit course descriptions and/or syllabi to the Office of Registration and Records to assist in the transfer credit evaluation process. Students are notified by email once their transfer credit evaluation is available to view. The completed evaluation will provide clarification on whether or not course descriptions or syllabi are needed. If needed, course information should ideally be provided in advance of your arrival to NDSU. For more details, go to

When can I enroll in classes?

Students at NDSU are allowed to enroll at certain times depending on student classification (level of study). Please visit this page to find out when your approximate "Appointment Time" (or date of registration) may be. New international students also can wait until their arrival to register during orientation. 

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