North Dakota State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of North Dakota State University

In Fargo, North Dakota, North Dakota State University has undergone significant expansion and upgrades in recent years. Undergraduates at North Dakota State can select from 102 bachelor’s degree programs and 79 minors. Programs in business, engineering, and STEM are among the most popular. Academics are backed by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Most teams of the NDSU Bison play in the NCAA Division I Summit League. Football plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 13,796 (11,425 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male/46% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,516 (in-state); $13,628 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $9,088
  • Other Expenses: $3,400
  • Total Cost: $23,804 (in-state); $26,916 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,327
    • Loans: $6,323

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 28%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of North Dakota State University Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 93%, NDSU is open to almost all applicants. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • North Dakota State University Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 543/630
    • SAT Math: 540/645
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/26
    • ACT English: 20/25
    • ACT Math: 21/27

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for North Dakota State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If North Dakota State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for North Dakota State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than North Dakota State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to North Dakota State University

Application Deadline: August 1

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