Holistic review process
For the fall 2015 entry term, UND added a more holistic review process for high school students who don't meet the admission guidelines based on their GPAs and test scores. Beyond looking at the academic rigor of courses, the core course GPA and grade trends, UND will look at eight non-cognitive variables that have demonstrated student success in college. These variables include:
- Positive Self-Concept
- Realistic Self-Appraisal
- Handling System / Racism
- Long-Range Goals
- Strong Support Person
- Community Involvement
- Knowledge in an Acquired Field
As part of the online application process, students who don't meet the admission guidelines will be asked to answer six short personal statement questions with no more than 100 words per question. Students are provided with the questions, tips and advice in advance so they can prepare strong responses that illustrate their experiences with the following:
- Leadership Contributions
- Special Interests / Creativity
- Dealing with Adversity
- Community Service
- Facing or Witnessing Discrimination
- Goals and Commitments
A screening committee will then complete blind reviews of the students' responses (i.e., name, gender, school, etc. will be withheld from the committee) and score them according to criteria proven to be strong indicators for college readiness.
As a counselor, you play an important role in advocating for students you feel will be academically successful at UND regardless of their GPAs and test scores. You can help these students by:
- Learning more about the holistic review process at UND.
- Encouraging students to still apply to UND even if their GPAs and test scores do not meet our admission guidelines. Please share with them the questions they may be asked during the application process.
- Letting your admission representative know about these students. We greatly appreciate your advocacy of specific students, and this information will be considered in our admission decisions.
If you have any questions, please contact your admission representative for more information.