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North Dakota State University

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

NDSU Admissions

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

Students who submit their applications to NDSU for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than August 15.

NDSU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of NDSU's admissions stats.

NDSU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.02%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 63%
Waitlist No

North Dakota State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for North Dakota State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to NDSU?

North Dakota State University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with NDSU directly for more information about early applications.

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

More on North Dakota State University Admissions

How To Get Into North Dakota State University

NDSU is a moderately difficult school to get into.

In 2021, NDSU accepted 95% of students, approximately 7,773 from the 8,143 applicants.

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.

Transferring to North Dakota State University

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

For Students Waitlisted to NDSU

NDSU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into NDSU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider 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 apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at NDSU

Wondering what factors are considered by NDSU during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with NDSU for more information on admission factors.

NDSU Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.75

GPA and Testing

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, 72.9% submitted a class rank. At NDSU 17.02% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 24.39% were in the top 25% and 74.78% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At North Dakota State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10.24%
3.75 and 3.99 29.87%
3.50 and 3.74 20.76%
3.25 and 3.49 14.22%
3.00 and 3.24 11.74%
2.50 and 2.9 12.11%
2.00 and 2.49 1.06%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to NDSU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

NDSU does not 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.

In 2022, 1% of NDSU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 63% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other NDSU applicants, you should aim to earn between 1153 and 1253 (or higher!) on the SAT. At NDSU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1253 and 25% of scored lower than 1153, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of NDSU students scored 673 or higher and 75% of students scored 538 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of NDSU students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 538 or higher.

To be most competitive at NDSU, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for NDSU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for NDSU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to North Dakota State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to NDSU. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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 • DSST/DANTES

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 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at NDSU?

🟨 NDSU may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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NDSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into NDSU? NDSU is a somewhat selective institution. The NDSU acceptance rate is 95%. This means that the institution accepts 95 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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Composite SAT Range

1153 - 1253


Math SAT Range

558 - 673


Reading SAT Range

538 - 640


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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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