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Your chances of getting into North Dakota State University Main Campus

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

95.7%
Admission Difficulty for North Dakota State University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at NDSU is 95.7%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in North Dakota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into NDSU and can you get accepted?

North Dakota State University Main Campus is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 8,166 out of the 8,535 who applied were admitted.

North Dakota State University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.53. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into NDSU?

96% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to North Dakota State University Main Campus you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.53 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1090 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

NDSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.53

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into NDSU are to have around a 3.53 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.53 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NDSU accepts 96% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at NDSU is 3.53 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in North Dakota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since NDSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted North Dakota State University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.24% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.87% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 20.76% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.22% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.74% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 12.11% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.06% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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NDSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to North Dakota State University Main Campus. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 1% of students submitted SAT scores and 69% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

968-1216

Applicants Submitting SAT 

1%
SAT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 468
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 968
SAT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 623
Math 75th Percentile 593
Composite 75th Percentile 1216
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at NDSU is 1090 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 968-1216. Students who get into North Dakota State University Main Campus score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  NDSU ranks #3 in the state of North Dakota for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1090 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. NDSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 968 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 968, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 850, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

North Dakota State University Main Campus is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1090 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1092, you have around a 96% chance of being admitted. A 1216 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1216 and Above Good >98%
1092 to 1216 Avg + 96%-98%
968 to 1092 Avg - 93%-96%
844 to 968 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 844 Low <87%
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NDSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

19-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

69%
ACT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for North Dakota State University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to NDSU is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 25.  The school ranks #3 in North Dakota for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 69 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Dakota State University Main Campus.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as North Dakota State University Main Campus is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into NDSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 96% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 98% with a 25 ACT score.

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >98%
22 to 25 Avg + 96%-98%
19 to 22 Avg - 93%-96%
16 to 19 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 16 Low <87%
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High School Class Rank

75% of North Dakota State University Main Campus freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted North Dakota State University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17.02%
Top 25% of class 24.39%
Top 50% of class 75%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

North Dakota State University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,876 3,659 8,535
Accepted 4,695 3,471 8,166
Acceptance Rate 96% 95% 96%
Enrolled 1,323 1,190 2,513
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 34% 31%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

101

Applicants have 101 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to North Dakota State University Main Campus is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because North Dakota State University Main Campus is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.53 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1090 and ACT of 22 will almost guarantee your admission.

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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?

1% of students submit their SAT scores to NDSU. 69% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

96% of those who apply are granted admission to NDSU. Admission competition is and the college has moderate 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 968 and 1216. The average SAT score is 1092. 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 19 and 25. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.