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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mailing address: PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
At NDSU, our diverse student body includes students from all backgrounds, each seeking an academically rigorous education within a supportive community.
No matter what type of student you are, we want to make your application experience as seamless as possible. Choose from the options below to learn more about your specific application process and requirements.
Requirements for Applying to NDSU
Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to ensure that students are adequately prepared to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:
High School GPA
It is recommended that applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core classes listed below. 
ACT/SAT Test Scores
NDSU’s ACT/SAT requirement has been waived for applicants applying for Fall 2020-Spring 2022. The limited availability of tests and testing site closures during the spring of 2020 and beyond may prevent students from taking these exams. NDSU will rely on the high school grade point average (GPA) to make admission decisions.
High School Core Coursework
Students applying for admission should complete the following 14 high school core courses:
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of Algebra 1 and above)
  • 3 units of laboratory science
  • 3 units of social science
  • 1 unit from existing core subject area or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages, or American Sign Language)
Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success.
Freshman Admission Procedures
Incoming freshmen are encouraged to complete the application process between September and January for the following fall semester, or by November for the following spring semester, to ensure that applications and paperwork can be completed in a timely manner.
  • The final deadline to apply for admission for fall semester is August 1. 
  • The final deadline to apply for admission for spring semester is December 1.
Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date we receive all your materials to make an admission decision. You can expect an admission decision by mail.
Submitting Your Application
To be considered for freshman admission, students must submit the following: 
  • For a quicker admission decision, self-report your coursework and GPA. You will be asked to confirm this information by providing an official high school transcript following graduation.
  • A preliminary admission offer can be made if you meet NDSU’s admission guidelines. If you do not meet these criteria, submit your current high school transcript. You will still be considered for admission if there is evidence in your academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success.
  • If you do not self-report, submit your current high school transcript.
  • If you have graduated from high school, please submit your current high school transcript.

Affording an NDSU Education

NDSU provides an education that is academically rigorous and affordable. To help you pay for tuition and other costs, we offer a variety of need-based and merit-based awards.
To be considered for need-based awards, we encourage you to complete a FAFSA when you apply. You can also get additional resources from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.