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NDSU Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into North Dakota State University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
92.5%
Admission Difficulty for North Dakota State University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into NDSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 93% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in North Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,181 out of 5,599 applicants were admitted making North Dakota State University Main Campus an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 44 percent. North Dakota State University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 44% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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NDSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1080-1280
Applicants Submitting SAT
3%
SAT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1080
SAT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1180

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to North Dakota State University Main Campus?

North Dakota State University Main Campus typically requires applicants to be in the top 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in North Dakota for highest average SAT composite score. 3 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1280 and Above Good >96%
1180 to 1280 Avg + 93%-96%
1080 to 1180 Avg - 89%-93%
980 to 1080 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 980 Low <82%
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NDSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
98%
ACT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NDSU?

Admission data indicates that NDSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in North Dakota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 98 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Dakota State University Main Campus.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >96%
23 to 26 Avg + 93%-96%
21 to 23 Avg - 90%-93%
19 to 21 Reach 85%-90%
Less than 19 Low <85%
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NDSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.41
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into North Dakota State University Main Campus?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into NDSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at North Dakota State University Main Campus was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in North Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NDSU accepts 93% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted North Dakota State University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 28% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 16% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

75% of North Dakota State University Main Campus freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted North Dakota State University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 16%
Top 25% of class 40%
Top 50% of class 75%
Bottom 50% of class 25%
Bottom 25% of class 5%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,723 2,876 5,599
Accepted 2,528 2,653 5,181
Acceptance Rate 93% 92% 93%
Enrolled 1,028 1,247 2,275
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 41% 47% 44%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Aug 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Aug 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Dakota State University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

North Dakota State University Main Campus Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at North Dakota State University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200332 IPEDS survey data for North Dakota State University Main Campus.

FAQs

Does North Dakota State University Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to NDSU. 98% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into North Dakota State University Main Campus?

93% of those who apply are granted admission to NDSU. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for North Dakota State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1280. 3% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for North Dakota State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 98% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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