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Northern State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 30th 2019By -  Nidhi Mittal

In fall 2017, Northern State University had a total enrollment of 3,611 which contained 3,162 undergraduate students and 449 graduate students. In fall 2018, the university had 1,068 undergraduate applicants out of which 940 students were admitted with the acceptance rate of 88%. However, with the yield rate of 36%, only 338 students were enrolled in the university.

  • The university provides 59 academic and 15 athletic programs
  • Both the undergraduate and graduate applicants have to apply through the university’s online portal.
  • SAT/ACT scores are required for freshman admission but only if a student is below 22 years of age.
  • Northern State University provides admission on a rolling basis


Admission PortalOnline portal
Acceptance rate88%
Application Fee $20 USD (undergraduate)
$35 USD (graduation)
SAT score960
ACT score18
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/American Express/Discover/visa

Northern State University International Admissions

Northern State University provides various graduate and undergraduate programs in departments for students. The admission process for international students is the same as of domestic applicants but they have to meet a few additional requirements like English proficiency, high GPA, bank statement.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • All the academic records/transcripts from the previously attended institution(s).
    • Certified by the institution's office registrar.
    • Sent directly from the issuing institute a stamped and sealed envelope.
    • Official transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied along with a certified English translation.

For evaluation, international applicants should send their transcripts to World Education Service (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.6 (undergraduate) and 2.75/3 (graduation)
  • SAT/ACT exam scores as per program requirement
  • Proof of immunization, a document of vaccinations of measles/mumps/rubella
  • Certified bank statement Financial statement
  • English proficiency scores
  • Essay

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. They can submit the TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are given below.

TestMinimum Requirement for undergraduateMinimum Requirement for graduation
TOEFL 70 or higher (iBT)
525 or higher (pBT)
79 or higher (iBT)
550 or higher(pBT)
IELTS5.5 or higher6.0 or higher

Visa Process for International Students

  • International applicants will be issued Form I-20 from the university
  • Applicants will need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
  • Complete the I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee 200$
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. Submit the form and documentation

Northern State University Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate courses offered by Northern State University are in 17 departments. SAT/ACT scores and higher GPA are important for admission in undergraduate programs. The basic admission process for all the courses is the same.

Where to Apply: Online Portal

Application Fee: $20 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of applying:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.6
  • Prior educational requirements
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • General Educational Development (GED) certificate (225 or higher)
    • Post-secondary degree
    • Professional degree
  • English Proficiency
    • TOEFL (70 or higher(Internet-based), 550 or higher(Paper-based)
    • IELTS (5.5 or higher)
    • SAT code: 6487
    • ACT code: 3916
  • Proof of immunization
  • Essay

Northern State University Graduate Admissions

Northern State University offers graduate programs in three departments as management, finance and education. The admission is provided on the rolling bases

Where to Apply: Online Portal

Application Fee: $35 USD

English Proficiency

  • TOEFL (79or higher (iBT), 550 or higher (pBT)
  • IELTS (6.0 or higher)
RequirementsMBALLMMS Education
GMATRequiredNot requiredNot required
LSATNot requiredRequired Not required
2 LORRequiredRequiredRequired

Additional requirements

  • Statement of career goal in MS in counseling
  • Proof of immunization
  • Essay

Applicants have to mail their all the transcripts to

University provides scholarships to international students for their financial support.

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