International First-Year Requirements

Applying as a First-Year International Student

We encourage you to apply in advance of all posted deadlines to make sure that all of your materials arrive in a timely manner. You can typically expect an admission decision within two to three weeks of submitting all materials.

International First-Year Student Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. See the criteria below that the university uses in order to ensure that students are adequately prepared to be successful in their academic pursuits. 


To be considered for admission, all applicants should have an educational background in the core curriculum of laboratory science, mathematics, social science, and English. A secondary or high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or the equivalent in core subjects is recommended. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered for admission if there is evidence in the student’s academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. 

English Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration. Learn more about the requirements. 

If you are from a country in which the only official language is English, you are exempt from the English proficiency requirements listed below.

Approved countries are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, the Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

International First-Year Student Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission you must submit the following:

  1. The online application for admission.
    • You will need your NDSU Insider username and password, or you can create a new account. 
  2. A $35 nonrefundable application fee.
    • The fee can be paid online at the time you apply, or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.
  3. Your official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams taken: 
    • Request that official transcripts be sent directly from your institution to NDSU [see below for mailing address]
    • If records are not in English, be sure to include a certified English translation
    • If we are unable to verify your educational records, we reserve the right to request an external credential evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).  Click here for instructions on how to request this report.
  4. Your English test scores. 
    • All applicants must submit an official test score or completion report that meets one of the posted levels (see chart below). All test scores are valid for two years, and score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
      TOEFL (school code 6474) 71 IBT or 525 PBT
      IELTS 6.0 overall
      Pearson's (PTE) Academic 50
      ACT English subscore (school code 3202)  18
      SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (school code 6474)  480 (or 430*)
      ELS Language Center Level 112 completion 

      *Required SAT Writing score if exam was taken prior to March 5, 2016.
      Note: If you have completed four or more terms of full-time academic study in the United States, English test scores are not required. 

Submit Your Documents

Please mail all materials to the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services. Click here for mailing addresses and other ways to contact us.