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North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND 4-Year Public

About NDSU

North Dakota State University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Fargo, ND

Founded in 1890, NDSU currently enrolls around 12,846 students a year, including 10,555 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $512,215. The school spends $7,601 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About NDSU

Acceptance rate: 94%

Average GPA: 3.53

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

NDSU Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to NDSU is moderately difficult. The acceptance rate at NDSU is 94 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.53 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is NDSU a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 82 percent of students who start at NDSU come back the next year. Out of the 2,452 students who started at NDSU as first-time freshman, 926 graduate within four years.

NDSU's six-year graduation for undergrads is 62 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

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

The average starting salary for recent grads is $48,000 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $33,031 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does NDSU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is NDSU a good school for YOU?

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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

Aug 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NDSU is Aug 1.

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



ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


21 to 26


21 and Less


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Composite SAT Range

1065 - 1260


Math SAT Range

510 - 635


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

NDSU Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at NDSU is like? There are approximately 13,173 students enrolled at NDSU, including 10,831 undergraduate students and 2,342 graduate students. 89% 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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Part Time


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