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North Dakota State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About North Dakota State University

Originally founded in 1890 as the first land-grant university in the state, North Dakota State University (NDSU) has grown to serve more than 14,000 students each year. The university's campus is located in Fargo, the state's largest metropolitan city, and enrolled students from 47 states and 81 different countries in 2011.

Committed to academic research, NDSU currently contributes more than $110 million in annual research expenses. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education has named NDSU as one of the top 108 research universities in the U.S. The university is the first and only institution in the state that has received this designation.


North Dakota State University offers 102 bachelor's programs, 66 master's programs, 44 doctoral programs, 3 professional doctorate programs, 1 specialist program, and 16 certificate programs. Students earn degrees through the College of Engineering and Architecture; College of Science and Mathematics; College of Human Development and Education; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Pharmacy, Nursing & Allied Sciences; College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; and the College of University Studies. Students can also participate in special learning opportunities that include ROTC (Army and Air Force), teacher certification, study abroad programs, and weekend and evening classes.

North Dakota State University provides distance-learning education to nearly 4,000 students each year. NDSU Distance and Continuing Education has been offering programs since 1965. Degree programs available include about 10 bachelor's degree options and 15 graduate degree options that may be completed entirely online; 8 online graduate certificate programs are available as well.


North Dakota State University evaluates an applicant's overall academic record during the application process. In addition to your high school courses and GPA, your SAT/ACT scores play a vital role. The university recommends that applicants score a 21 or above on the ACT or 970 or higher (reading and math) on the SAT. The application fee is $35 and may be submitted online.

Typical undergraduate students in 2011 were 24 years of age or younger (91%), from out-of-state (63%), and attended school full-time (91%). About 57% of the university's undergraduate students were male.

Tuition & Financial Aid

North Dakota residents paid $6,135 in annual tuition costs for the 2012-2013 academic year, while Minnesota residents paid $6,708, and non-residents paid $16,381. These expenses do not include books, room and board, transportation, or other expenses. Therefore, prospective students are encouraged to plan accordingly during the budgeting process. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and work/study options if needed.

Housing is available via 15 residence halls, and all first-year students are required to live on campus. The on-campus living requirement may be waived in select cases. The estimated costs for room and board for on-campus students in 2011-12 were about $7,000 per academic year.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 11,911 undergraduates and 2,488 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 15 residence halls*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges, over 100 majors including online/distance learning options*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Mechanical and Civil Engineering (81 each)
Master's: Architecture (51)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (85)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 cohort 22% in 4 years
52% in 6 years
56% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 86% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 2,411 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% (full-time students)
54% (part-time students) in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Between 990 and 1260 (Critical Reading & Math) in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 1: priority deadline for fall semester; December 1: priority deadline for spring semester*
Tuition Annual undergraduate tuition for 2012-2013 academic year: $6,135 for North Dakota residents, $6,708 for Minnesota residents, and $16,381 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011 for full-time beginning undergraduates: Federal grants (26%), state/local grants/scholarships (26%), institutional grants (41%), loans (67%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 90% of full-time beginning undergraduates**

Sources: *North Dakota State University; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, ND, 58108-6050
  • Phone: (701) 231-8643
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