Academic Guidelines

You're a leader in the classroom. Your hard work, determination and perseverance are what set you apart. You've pushed to be the best, and now you're ready for the next challenge.

What does it take to attend UND? For first-year students, admission is based on the following minimum criteria.

Freshman Admission

  • High school GPA unweighted of 2.75
  • 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.
  • Completion of safety and security form

*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.

Standardized Tests

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).

High School 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.


A student who has not graduated from high school may be admitted to the University by completing the test of General Educational Development (GED). Beginning January 2014 the new GED minimum test score of 145 is required for admission. For more information regarding GED test content and registration, contact UND Testing Services at 701.777.4157.

Additional Factors

Students are encouraged to apply for admission even if their GPA, ACT and safety and security responses do not meet these admissions guidelines. All applications that are not yet eligible for admission will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions, the Student Academic Standards Committee (transcripts, test scores) or the Admissions Safety and Security Committee (criminal history records) to consider all relevant information and extenuating circumstances in order to make an admission decision that is in the best interest of the student and institution.