North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University-Main Campus Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

North Dakota State University (NDSU) is one of two flagship research universities in the North Dakota University System, with a main campus located in Fargo, ND. Read about the pros and cons of attending NDSU, plus tuition and admission information.

Is North Dakota State University the School for You?

North Dakota State University falls under the umbrella of the North Dakota University System. The main campus is located in Fargo, ND. NDSU offers 17 certificate programs, 102 programs at the baccalaureate level, and 114 graduate programs. Consider the pros and cons to decide if NDSU is a good fit for you.


  • Room and board cost is $2,211 lower than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 20.5 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Offers remedial services, academic and career counseling, and on-campus day care
  • Located ten minutes from Hector International Airport


  • Student-faculty ratio is 19:1, higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

North Dakota State University at a Glance

This school's acceptance rate of 86% means that you have a better than average chance of being accepted. With over 100 bachelor's programs, 67 master's programs, and 47 doctoral programs, you'll have plenty of educational options to choose from. There are currently more than 11,000 undergraduate students at NDSU, and over 1,800 graduate students. About 900 students are enrolled as degree-seeking professional students or as NDSU special students. Of students who entered in the Fall of 2005, 23% graduated within four years and 54% graduated within six years. If your plans include living on campus, you'll be happy to know that room and board costs for in-state and out of state students were estimated at $7,104 in 2012-2013; this rate is less than the national average.

If you're in high school right now, keep in mind that NDSU accepts AP credits, so taking college-level courses and passing AP exams during high school could be beneficial. If you're considering an engineering career, you're not alone. Civil engineering and mechanical engineering are among the most popular undergraduate majors at NDSU. Environmental design, nursing, and human development studies round out the five most popular majors at NDSU in 2011.

NDSU has a career center that gives students help with dressing for interviews and professional environments, career planning, crafting resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews. The counseling center offers academic and personal counseling services along with career counseling. Academic counseling includes individual help and study skills courses, which are one-credit, graded classes that help students to hone their academic skills. Academic student services may come in handy, since you could have a hard time getting individual attention in the classroom. The NCES reports a student-faculty ratio of 19:1, which is higher than the national average of 16:1. Additionally, part-time teaching assistants make up roughly 48% of instructors.

Admissions and Financial Aid at North Dakota State University

To enroll at NDSU as a freshman, you'll need to complete an application and pay a non-refundable application fee. You'll also need to submit an official high school transcript, scores from the ACT or SAT, and official transcripts of college course work (if any). NDSU recommends that you submit your application between September and January for Fall Semester enrollment and by November for Spring Semester enrollment. It takes up to three weeks to process applications. If you're accepted, the school will let you know by mail.

Financial aid is available at NDSU. Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the way to start the process. The priority filing deadline for financial aid is April 15, but there is no deadline for non-priority filing. You can find financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Academic and athletic scholarships are also available.

Application and Tuition Info
Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 1st****
Application Fee (Fall 2013) $35****
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2011) 86%*
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $7,270 (in-state) // $17,516 (out of state)*
Average Financial Aid Package (2012) $8,301**
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 65%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $28,738***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.6%*

Student Life at North Dakota State University

At NDSU, you'll find that the majority of your fellow students, about 85%, come from North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota. You can also meet students from outside of North Dakota and the U.S., since about 5% of students come from other states and around 8% are international students. NDSU has a student body with a ratio of 57% male students to 43% female students. It is also 87% white, with no other ethnicity representing more than 5% of the student population. However, the campus does have an Equity and Diversity Center, offering multicultural programs and an LGBTQ safe zone, which provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

There are about 300 student organizations on campus, which address a wide range of academic interests, athletic clubs, and hobbies. If you're interested in pledging, you can find about 20 Greek organizations, including both sororities and fraternities; about 2% of women and 3% of men join Greek organizations at NDSU.

If you want to bring your vehicle to school, you'll be among friends, since 48% of students own cars. Campus security involves controlled access to dormitories, round-the-clock security patrols, and late night escorts. Sidewalks are lighted, and emergency telephones are available.

The school's five libraries include the main library, a chemistry library, an architecture and landscape architecture library, and a special collection of the heritage of Germans from Russia.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Mid-sized city*
Student Population (Fall 2011) 14,399*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (Fall 2011) 57% to 43%*
% of Full Time Students (Fall 2011) 90%*
% of In-state Students (Fall 2011) 40.6%****
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 7.9%****
Retention Rate (Fall 2011) 76%*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
Number of Libraries Five****
Extracurricular Activities Almost 300 student organizations****

Article Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **US News and World Report, ***College Board, ****North Dakota State University.

Contact Information

  • Address: NDSU Office of Admission, Ceres 114, Dept 5230, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
  • Phone: (701) 231-8643