Holistic review process
Beginning this fall 2014 entry term, UND implemented a more comprehensive review for students who didn't meet the admission guidelines. This included looking at:
- Academic rigor—how challenging are the students' courses (including AP, IB, Honors, or dual credit courses)
- Core GPA—cumulative GPA in just the core courses (English, math, sciences, social sciences)
- Grade trends—acknowledging that many factors can impact students' academic performance throughout high school, we looked closely for students who demonstrated any significant positive (or negative) trends in their grades
Beginning in the fall 2015 entry term, UND will add more holistic reviews for students who don't meet the admission guidelines. This will include asking these students several short-answer questions that will reveal non-cognitive variables, which have demonstrated student success in college. Several examples include: leadership experience, community service, long-range goals, overcoming adversity, and having strong support networks (Sedlacek, 2004).
As a counselor, you can play an important role for students you feel will be academically successful at UND by letting our office know about them. We greatly appreciate your advocacy of specific students, and this information will be considered in our admission decisions.
For more information, contact UND Office of Admissions at 701.777.3000.