North Dakota State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

North Dakota State University

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North Dakota State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 81%. Located in Fargo, NDSU's campus occupies 258 acres, but the university also owns over 18,000 acres with its Agricultural Experiment Station and many research centers throughout the state. Undergraduates at North Dakota State can choose from 100 majors. Programs in business, engineering, and the health sciences are among the most popular. Academics are supported by a 16-to-1 student / faculty ratio. NDSU is part of the "Tri-College University," a collaboration with 5 regional colleges and universities. Students can cross-register at each school. On the athletic front, most teams of the NDSU Bison compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League. Football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Considering applying to North Dakota State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, North Dakota State University had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making NDSU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 7,203
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 38%

SAT Scores and Requirements

North Dakota State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 3% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25% Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 630
Math 510 635
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of NDSU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to North Dakota State scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 635, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 635. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1260 or high will have particularly competitive chances at NDSU.


North Dakota State does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that NDSU does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

North Dakota State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 98% of admitted students submitted ACT scores

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 25
Math 20 27
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of North Dakota State's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to NDSU received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.


North Dakota State University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Note that the optional ACT writing section is not required by NDSU.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of North Dakota State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.5, and over 36% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to NDSU have primarily A and high B grades.

Admissions Chances

North Dakota State University, which accepts more than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions pool with above average grades and test scores. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Successful applicants generally have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale, a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or above, and a minimum SAT score of 1100 or above. However, North Dakota State also uses a holistic admission approach that considers academic achievement in rigorous coursework. Potential applicants should have a minimum of four units of English; three units of math; three units of laboratory science, three units of social science; and one unit from an existing core subject area or world language.

Applicants with extenuating circumstances who do not meet NDSU's admission standards will still be considered if the student's academic record suggests a high probability of success in college coursework. Students with GPAs or test scores that do not meet the minimum standard will still receive consideration.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and North Dakota State University Undergraduate Admissions Office.