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Your Checklist for Becoming a Fighting Hawk
Getting ready for college is new and exciting, but we know it can also be a bit daunting. Take the worry out of the process by following these steps.
We hope they'll lead you to the right college — and to the best choice of all — the University of North Dakota.
Junior Year Checklist
- Make an appointment to visit with your high school counselor about your college plans.
- Start exploring our list of academic programs and make a list of the programs that interest you.
- Make sure you're taking the right mix of classes to meet the UND admission requirements. To be accepted to UND for Fall 2019, you'll need the following:
- English (4 units)
- Math (3 units of Algebra I or above)
- Lab Science (3 units)
- Social Sciences (3 units)
- 2 additional units from any category above or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages or American Sign Language)
- If you take any Advanced Placement (AP) or other college-level courses in high school, see how they transfer to UND.
- Talk with your family and make a list of what matters to you: Majors, academic reputation, size, location, costs, scholarships, financial aid, student activities, alumni success, campus safety, etc.
- Go online to research colleges and track your options on a worksheet or system that works the best for you.
- Identify your top choices and contact college admission offices to get more information.
- Get to know UND's admission reps.
- Prepare to take the ACT or the SAT for the first time. Ask your counselor for details and helpful resources.
- Review UND's admission guidelines. UND accepts the ACT or SAT.
- Send UND your scores by indicating:
- ACT Code: 3218
- SAT Code: 6878
- Research the costs for college.
- UND's combined tuition, fees and room / meal plans cost $4,000 less per year than the national average for 4-year public universities.
- Learn about financial aid (scholarships, grants, employment and loan programs) and how it can help you pay for college. UND offers $100 million annually in aid — that's an average award of $11,300+ per student per year.
- Estimate your UND financial aid with our Net Price Calculator.
- Talk with your family about options to pay for college. Use the FAFSA4caster for a financial aid estimate.
- Schedule a campus visit! Visiting campus is the best way to experience life at UND.
Information subject to change.
Senior Year Checklist
- Research UND scholarship opportunities, applications and deadlines.
- If needed, keep studying to take the ACT or SAT a second time. More than 57% of students who took the ACT a second time raised their composite scores.
- At UND, you need a minimum of 22+ ACT or a 1100+ SAT with a 3.5+ GPA to qualify for an academic scholarship.
- If you take the ACT or SAT multiple times, your top score from each section (regardless of exam date) will be used to determine your composite "superscore" for scholarship eligibility.
- Stay focused on your classes and keep involved with student and volunteer activities. Your hard work will pay off with admission and scholarship opportunities.
- Make another appointment to visit with your counselor about college.
- Attend college fairs and visit UND if you haven't had a chance yet. If you can't visit UND during the week, check out Saturday options.
- Beginning October 1, use your 2017 income taxes to complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Send UND your FAFSA information by using school code 003005. Apply early as funding is not guaranteed!
- Complete your FAFSA by UND's February 1 priority deadline.
- Apply to UND in 4 easy steps! The earlier you apply, the better. UND's priority deadline for admissions and scholarship consideration is February 1.
- Apply for Housing. UND's priority housing application deadline is May 1.
- Choose your college (UND – of course!) and notify all the others that you won't be attending.
- Confirm you're attending UND by paying the $200 non-refundable Enrollment Confirmation Deposit due May 1.
- Watch for information to RSVP for UND's New Student Orientation.
- Request your high school and applicable colleges / universities to send all final transcripts to UND after graduation.
- Attend New Student Orientation in the summer to meet future classmates, register for classes and get your questions answered.
- Make sure you've completed all of UND's processes for housing, financial aid, scholarships, enrollment confirmation deposits, tuition payments, etc.
- Get ready to move in and begin your legacy as a UND Fighting Hawk!
Information subject to change.