Apply: Freshmen and First-Year Students
Ready to become the next generation of leaders? It's easy. You can apply in 4 steps!
The earlier you apply and are accepted to UND, the more options you'll have for financial aid, scholarships, housing and registering for classes!
If you have not earned college credits after graduating from high school, you're considered a freshman and should follow the process below to apply to UND. If you have attended college after high school graduation, please follow the process for transfer students.
NOTE: Due to the popularity of the Aviation Management, Commercial Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems programs, UND is unable to accept first-year students in these programs for the Summer 2020 term. If you are a first-year student applying for one of these programs, please select Spring or Fall 2020. Applying ASAP is strongly encouraged.
Review the freshman admissions guidelines:
- High school GPA
- ACT or SAT score*
- Successful completion of 14 units of high school core courses:**
- English (4 units)
- Math (3 units of Algebra I or above)
- Lab Science (3 units)
- Social Studies (3 units)
- 1 additional unit from any category above (English, Math, Lab Science or Social Studies) or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages or American Sign Language)
- Additional factors will be considered, such as grade trends, course difficulty, GPA in core classes, etc.
If you're 25+ years old on the first day of class OR you've completed 24 (including in progress) transferable college credits after graduating high school, you're not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores. However, if you've taken the ACT or SAT, it's highly recommended that you submit your official scores to UND for proper placement into English and math courses.
**If you're 25+ years old on the first day of class, you're exempt from this requirement.
GPA & Test Score Guidelines
Keep in mind that the chart below provides general guidelines for admission to UND. And they're simply that – guidelines.
If you don't meet them, you're still encouraged to apply. We know that you're more than a test score so we'll closely review your application to make the best decision for your success.
|If you have the following high school GPA:||You need a minimum ACT or SAT* score of:|
|3.50 - 4.00||18 ACT or 960 SAT* (math & evidence-based reading & writing)|
|3.00 - 3.49||20 ACT or 1030 SAT* (math & evidence-based reading & writing)|
|2.75 - 2.99||22 ACT or 1100 SAT* (math & evidence-based reading & writing)|
|*SAT: Refer to this chart if you took the SAT exam prior to March 5, 2016.|
|GED: If you took the GED in 2014 or later, you must have an overall GED score of 145 as well as a score of 145 on each subset test. If you took the GED prior to 2014, all GED subset scores must be at least 410 with an overall score of 500 or higher for admission to UND (unless another criteria is not met).|
You can apply up to 1 year in advance of when you plan to start at UND.
Applications are currently being accepted for the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters.
Students can apply directly to UND (NOTE: If you haven't already created your UND Admissions account, you'll need to create an account to access the online application form.) or by using the Common Application.
Pay the $35 (U.S. funds) non-refundable fee
Note: We recommend using Google Chrome when completing the application.
To automatically be awarded the UND Freshman Scholarship, you must meet the criteria and submit your completed application ASAP for the upcoming fall semester.
Request your official high school transcripts be sent directly to:
UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Ave Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357
If you've completed any college-level credits, request that your official college transcripts be sent directly from the college / university to UND at the address above. Typically, official college-level credits are not included on your high school transcripts.
4. Test Scores
Request that your official standardized test scores be sent directly to UND:
Program Admission Requirements
Depending on your major, some programs may have additional requirements beyond the general university admission standards.
Your first step is to get admitted to UND and if your major has additional admission requirements, you may be asked to complete a separate application to be accepted into your degree program.
If you're a home-schooled student, you'll follow the same admission criteria and process for applying to UND as stated above. In addition to submitting what's already required (official high school transcripts of any private or public high schools attended and ACT or SAT scores), you'll also need to submit the following:
- Home-school curriculum description or transcript that displays:
- specific listing of classes completed to satisfy secondary school requirements; identified and/or separated by class levels. UND may request a course syllabus or detailed description of course content.
- Clear identification of those courses that meet the NDUS high school core course requirements.
- Key explaining grading system and successful completion of coursework including number of credits earned by course, letter grade and GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Date of your graduation / completion of plan of study.
- Signature of your parent / instructor.
- Diploma / certificate issued by the local school district in which you reside, if your district provides such a document. High school equivalency examinations may be acceptable in lieu of a high school diploma, providing that such an examination is an authorized high school equivalency test by the state in which the examination was taken.
If you're looking to earn college credits at your own pace while still in high school as a home-schooled student, UND offers Enroll Anytime online courses that are open for enrollment any day of the year.