University of North Dakota: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of North Dakota is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Located in Grand Forks and established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest and largest university in the state. UND offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs, and majors in nursing, psychology, and communications are among the most popular. For strengths in liberal arts and sciences, the school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Aviation studies are popular at UND, and the school operates a small campus at Grand Forks International Airport. In athletics, the UND Fighting Hawks compete mostly in the NCAA Division I Summit League.

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

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of North Dakota had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 students were admitted, making UND's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,021
Percent Admitted 82%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 44%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of North Dakota requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 11% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 480 600
Math 500 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UND's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of North Dakota scored between 480 and 600, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 600. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 630, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1230 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of North Dakota.

Requirements

University of North Dakota does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UND does not superscore SAT results; your highest total SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of North Dakota requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 91% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

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

This admissions data tells us that most of University of North Dakota's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UND received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that University of North Dakota does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. University of North Dakota does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of North Dakota's incoming freshmen class was 3.48, and over 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to University of North Dakota have primarily high B grades. Note that UND requires a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.75.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of North Dakota Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of North Dakota Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of North Dakota. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of North Dakota, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Admission is based primarily on completion of the required high school core curriculum, GPA, and ACT or SAT scores. UND requires applicants to complete 14 units of high school coursework including four units of English; three units of math; three units of laboratory science; three units of social studies; and one additional unit from one of these academic categories or world language. Applicants who have completed the required curriculum and have a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0 will be admitted with an ACT composite score of 18 or higher or an SAT (ERW + Math) score of 960 or above. Students with a lower GPA will need to have higher standardized test scores to gain admission.

The university will also consider grade trends, course rigor, and GPA in core coursework. Students who do not meet the school's GPA and test score guidelines are still encouraged to apply. Applications that are not immediately eligible for admission will receive further review by the admissions office and other committees to determine if additional information or extenuating circumstances should be considered.

In the scattergram above, you can see that the majority of admitted students had unweighted high school GPAs of 2.6 or better. Composite ACT scores for accepted students were mostly 20 or higher, and SAT scores (ERW+M) tended to be above 1000. A significant percentage of admitted students had grades and test scores significantly above these lower ranges, and many accepted students had A averages.

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