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North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

About NDSU

North Dakota State University Overview

North Dakota State University is a public, state school in the urban setting of Fargo, North Dakota. NDSU was founded in 1890 and enrolls around 12,461 students per year year, including 10,199 undergraduates. NDSU provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to NDSU for Fall 2023 is August 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by August 15.

Student Involvement at NDSU

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? NDSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? NDSU has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? NDSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at NDSU on the Student Life page.

2022 NDSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 95%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 1%
In-State Tuition $8,971
Out-of-State $13,426
Percent of Need Met 63.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,063

Is NDSU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better look at what NDSU offers and if it seems like a good choice for you.

NDSU Acceptance Rate 2022

NDSU is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 95% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 8,143 students applied to NDSU and 7,773 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at NDSU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 76% of students who start at NDSU come back for their second year of college. Around 65% of students who started at NDSU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for NDSU Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 70% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent NDSU grads have an average starting salary of $48,000 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

NDSU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

NDSU's endowment was valued at $500000 thousand in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $7,601 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at NDSU

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

NDSU meets 63.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,063 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,207 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at NDSU.

Based on this information, is NDSU the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is NDSU a good school for you?

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Where is NDSU?

NDSU is located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota.

If you want to see NDSU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 29 and 94 to Fargo, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hector International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what NDSU and Fargo are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1340 Administration Avenue Fargo, ND 58102

Campus Setting: Urban

NDSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to NDSU is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NDSU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs



ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Composite SAT Range

1153 - 1253


Math SAT Range

558 - 673


Reading SAT Range

538 - 640

NDSU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at NDSU is like? There are approximately 12,461 students enrolled at NDSU, including 10,199 undergraduate students and 2,262 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 42% percent are from ND and 58% percent of students are from other states.


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