North Dakota State University was founded in 1890 as North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) as the research land-grant institution for the state of North Dakota. North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a strict principle of maintaining the students as the focal point of learning.
North Dakota State University offers admissions in various undergraduate and graduate degrees. NDSU, as it is popularly called, is also a top-ranked institution, providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment with the aim of educating leaders who will solve national and global challenges to shape the world and make it a better place.
The fall 2019 enrollment of the university is 13, 173 of which the undergraduate enrollment constituted of 10,831 and the graduate enrollment constituted of 1,964 students. The acceptance rate of the university if 94% indicating easy admission criteria of the university.
University intakes enrollment for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions and offers rolling admissions, thus evaluating documents as soon as they are received.
Ranked 22nd in Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 29th in Best College for Athletics in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 104th in Best Colleges for Education in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 182nd Colleges with Best Student Life in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 281 in Best National Universities in America by US News in 2020.
Ranked 140th in Top Public Schools in America by US News in 2020.
|Type of University||Public|
|Number of Undergraduate students||10,831|
|Number of Graduate students||1,964|
|Basic Tuition for Undergraduates||8,275 – 15,936 USD|
|Basic Tuition for Graduates||13,053 – 25,823 USD|
|Accepted Test Scores||IELTS/TOEFL/ACT/SAT|
|Faculty to Student ratio||1:17|
North Dakota State University’s main campus is located at 340 Administration Avenue, Fargo, ND 58102. Apart from this, the university has several campuses. The campus houses several facilities and buildings which serve the need of the students, employees, and visitors of the institution.
The two available residency plans at North Dakota State University are the on-campus residence plan and the off-campus residence plan. At the moment, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off-campus.
On-campus Residency: The department of residence life is in charge of providing students with a vibrant, healthy place to live and learn. Applicants are encouraged to submit housing applications after admission to NDSU even if his/her final college choice has not been made at this time (applying for housing does not formally commit an applicant to NDSU) as a priority for room sign-up is determined based on the date of the housing application.
There are two major types of on-campus residency a student can choose from. The differences between these two are presented in the table below.
|Contracts||Four to twelve Months lease options||Academic Year|
|Furnishings||Not Furnished||Fully Furnished|
|Roommates||Self-selected||Self-selected or Assigned|
|Application date||Anytime||January 27th -31st|
|Eligibility||Non-first year students||First-year student|
|Application fee||200 USD||100 USD|
|Price Range||465 - 543 USD per month||545 – 1,221 USD per semester|
Because living on campus increases the chance that newly admitted students will achieve excellent academic and personal success, thus, all first-year students are required to live in a residence hall on campus.
The residence halls are carefully designed to accommodate diversity amongst students such as LGBTQ+ & Ally roommate matching process, designated spaces for religious and cultural practices, and gender-neutral restrooms.
NDSU offers campus police coverage, keycard access, security cameras, and regular building safety inspections and all-inclusive pricing, meaning that students are not required to pay for rent PLUS cable, internet, electricity, water/sewer/garbage, etc and all the halls are in close proximity to lectures halls. With off-campus options, some or all of these may not be included.
Off-Campus Residency: Non-first year students can also choose to live off-campus with similar amenities to that which is offered on campus. However, most off-campus apartments require students to pay first month’s rent, last month’s rent, a security deposit, and an application fee summing up to about 2,500 USD. The price range for off-campus residence is approximately 730 USD to 1,705 USD per month which is considered more expensive relative to on-campus residency.
North Dakota State University offers various programs over 137 undergraduate courses across major disciplines like art, pure and applied science, information technology, engineering, etc., which spans for about four to six years depending on the program. It is also home to some specialty courses with a world-class curriculum. The university also has a diverse program structure such as:
Detailed information about the international admission procedures is presented below to aid international students in the application process.
How to Apply: Applicants are advised to visit the online admission portal to complete the online application for international admissions and submit it with a 35 USD non-refundable application fee. This amount is not uniform across all programs as some graduate application fee is greater than the above-stated amount. Applications are evaluated on an individual basis.
Admission Requirement: In addition to the non-refundable application fee and the online application form, the following documents are required:
|TEST||Intensive English Language Program||Conditional Admission||Full Admission (First-year or Transfer)|
|TOEFL||40 iBT (or 433 PBT)||50 iBT (or 468 PBT)||71 Ibt (or 525 PBT)|
|Pearson's (PTE) Academic||38||42||50|
|ACT English sub-score||--||--||18|
|SAT Evidence-Based Readingand Writing||--||--||480 (or 430*)|
|ELS Language Center||Level 103 completion||Level 106 completion||Level 112 completion|
|Previous English Study||1 year with a 70% average||--||--|
Admission Decision: Admission decisions are communicated to applicants two to three weeks after all required documents are received.
Application Deadline: North Dakota State University has a rolling admissions policy and required documents are evaluated as they are received. Although there are no final application deadlines, international applicants are encouraged to apply by June 1 for the Fall semester (August start) and November 1 (January start). It is pertinent to note that being admitted after these dates may rob some applicants eligible for certain scholarships based on these priority deadlines.
The cost of attendance otherwise known as COA is a complied list of expenses like fees, tuition, housing meals, healthcare, and other miscellaneous expenses. Expenses like housing, books, travel, and other expenses vary. Here is a breakdown of the estimated cost for an academic year:
|Tuition||8,275 - 15,936|
|University students Fees||1,345|
|New Student & Orientation Fees||210|
|Housing & Meal Plan||9,078|
|Books and Supplies||800|
|Total Costs||21,456 – 29,117|
|Tuition and Fees||13,053 – 25,823|
|Required Health care insurance||1,978|
|Total Expenses||24,931 – 37,701|
Students applying for admission are encouraged to check out the award opportunities and scholarships section of the school website as there are several scholarships available in the school to help lighten the burden of bearing all the costs. Scholarships are offers for international students to help them afford their studies in the US.
For an applicant to be eligible for these scholarships, he/she must first have received an admission letter from NDSU before applying for the scholarship and must also complete the General Application in the award system before submitting a scholarship application
Some of the scholarship available in the school are:
International Student Scholarship: New first-year and transfer undergraduate international applicants are eligible for this scholarship which is based on academic records at the time of admission to NDSU determining the U.S. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) equivalent of the applicant.
To be considered, applicants must meet all requirements for full or conditional admission; the award is available for a maximum of eight semesters and valued at 12,000 USD (1,500 USD per semester) for 3.5 - 4.0 U.S. CGPA equivalent and 8,000 USD (1,500 USD per semester) for 3.0 - 3.49 U.S. CGPA equivalent.
Interested applicants must be admitted to NDSU by June 15 (for August start) or January 1 (for January start).
Lorraine Murphy Global Diversity Scholarship: This scholarship acknowledges first-year international students who are committed to global diversity and intercultural awareness. This award is given based on the strength of each applicant's essay responses and the scholarship funds available and valued at a renewable amount of 5,000 USD. [xv]
Graduate scholarships can be found on the program page of the school portal
Work-study is an opportunity that helps reduce students' indebtedness and provides valuable job experience. The number of hours students work depends on their class schedule and the needs of the employer. A maximum of 15 to 20 hours a week is recommended for full-time students.
Various good job opportunities are available at NDSU and in the surrounding community for students. The institution collaborates with departments, local non-profit organizations, and local businesses to list employment opportunities for students on the NDSU’s Career and Advising Center also provides additional listings for co-op, internships, and full-time employment opportunities.
To be eligible to receive a work-study award, students must:
Eligible students are required to log into the campus connection and submit the application [xvii]
Prominent members of the network are;
Members of the academic community in NDSU stay connected via the alumni network in order to maintain the vibrancy and unity of the community.
The alumni network committee is tasked with the responsibility of organizing homecomings, meetups, tours, and Remembrance Day. The committee also organizes career guidance services to students to ensure they are well-grounded for life outside NDSU.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$13,925 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|North Dakota State University Enrollment||15816|
|Average Graduation Rate||48.7%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$13,925 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$18,911 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$800 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$8,586 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$3,400 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$8,586 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$3,400 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$4,270 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$4,526 / Year|
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|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Pharmacy Programs||Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education|
|Programs||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Programs||Council on Education for Public Health|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Theatre|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Animal Sciences (International)
Plant Sciences (International)
RANKED #151 - #200
RANKED #401 - #500
RANKED #401 - #500
RANKED #301 - #400
RANKED #201 - #300
Computer Science and Engineering (International)
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#905 [Out of 1250]
32.4 [Out of 100]
#215 [Out of 300]
#266 [Out of 400]
45.2 [Out of 100]
#266 [Out of 400]
45.2 [Out of 100]
#151 - #200 [Out of 500]
#401 - #500 [Out of 500]
#401 - #500 [Out of 500]
#301 - #400 [Out of 500]
Computer Science and Engineering(International)
#201 - #300 [Out of 500]
#369 [Out of 650]
#864 [Out of 2000]
71.1 [Out of 100]
#438 [Out of 810]
53 [Out of 100]
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary