North Dakota State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

The NDSU Bison Bus
The NDSU Bison Bus. bsabarnowl / Flickr

North Dakota State University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 93%, NDSU is open to almost all applicants. Students with good grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted to the school. To apply, students will need to submit, along with an application, high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT. Campus visits, while not required, are recommended for any interested students. 

Admissions Data (2015):

North Dakota State University Description:

Located in Fargo, North Dakota, North Dakota State University has undergone significant expansion and upgrades in recent years. The Fargo campus occupies 258 acres, but the university owns over 18,000 acres with its Agricultural Experiment Station and many research centers throughout the state. The majority of students are residents of North Dakota and Minnesota, but students come from throughout the country and world. Minneapolis, the nearest big city, is a little over 200 miles to the southeast. Undergraduates at North Dakota State can choose from 102 bachelor's degree programs and 79 minors. Programs in business, engineering, and the health sciences are among the most popular. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. NDSU is part of the "Tri-Collge University," a collaboration with two other area colleges -- Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. Students can cross-register easily at both schools. 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. NDSU fields seven men's and seven women's Division I teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 14,432 (12,010 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,327 (in-state); $19,891 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,136
  • Other Expenses: $3,400
  • Total Cost: $20,663 (in-state); $32,227 (out-of-state)

North Dakota State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 64%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,851
    • Loans: $8,934

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Criminal Justice, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Design, Human Development and Family Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Intercollegiate Sports:

  • 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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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