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: UND is no longer accepting students for Spring or Summer 2019 in the following four programs: Aviation Management, Commercial Aviation, Flight Education, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. If you're applying for those programs, please select Fall 2019 or a later term or choose a different program of study. The priority deadline for Fall 2019 applicants is February 1.


1. Guidelines

Review the admissions guidelines for when you plan to start at UND:

Freshman Admission 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).

2. Application

Up to 1 year in advance of when you plan to start at UND:

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters.

To automatically be awarded the UND Freshman Scholarship, you must meet the criteria and submit your completed application by February 1 for the upcoming fall semester.

Note: If you haven't already created your VIP@UND account, you'll need to create an account to access the online application form.

3. Transcripts

Request your official high school transcripts be sent directly to:

UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, 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.

Refer to the UND Academic Catalog, visit the college or department website or contact an advisor for more information.

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.