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NDSU Admissions

Check in with North Dakota State University's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

NDSU Admissions Stats at a Glance

NDSU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.24%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered

Applying Early to NDSU?

North Dakota State University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to NDSU?

It is moderately difficult to get into NDSU. NDSU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, NDSU accepted 94% of all applicants, around 7,415 of the 7,880 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like NDSU, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does NDSU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at NDSU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Not Considered
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

NDSU 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to NDSU must submit the following items. Double check with NDSU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.75
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into NDSU?

Students admitted to NDSU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 73.91% submitted a class rank. At NDSU 16.24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41.64% were in the top 25% and 76.24% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At North Dakota State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 73.91%
3.75 and 3.99 30.02%
3.50 and 3.74 20.8%
3.25 and 3.49 16.44%
3.00 and 3.24 11.94%
2.50 and 2.9 11.19%
2.00 and 2.49 0.84%

NDSU doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

NDSU does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to North Dakota State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to NDSU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in NDSU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

NDSU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to NDSU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to NDSU.

Does NDSU accept transfer credits?

NDSU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. NDSU accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does NDSU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

NDSU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to NDSU?

NDSU is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is NDSU's acceptance rate?

NDSU's acceptance rate is 94%.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into NDSU? NDSU is a somewhat selective institution. The NDSU acceptance rate is 94%. This means that the institution accepts 94 out of every 100 applicants.



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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.

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At NDSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.53. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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