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North Dakota Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of North Dakota, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 84%, admission to North Dakota is lightly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 23.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Cal Tech admission statistics.


North Dakota Admissions Statistics

North Dakota’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 84%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 5,144 applicants, North Dakota admitted about 4,305. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.4, the average ACT score was 23, and the average SAT score was 1150.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 21, and the 75th percentile score was 26.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1040. The 75th percentile score was 1260.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to North Dakota is lightly competitive. Even if North Dakota is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at North Dakota’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


North Dakota Application Requirements

To apply to North Dakota, you’ll need to fill out the UND Undergraduate Admissions Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $35 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by March 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the UND Undergraduate Admissions Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is March 1st.

Have you been admitted to North Dakota? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


North Dakota Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at North Dakota, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 57% are male and 43% are female
  • 6% of students are international

Cal Tech has a diverse class. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 6%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2%
  • Two or more races: 3.4%
  • White: 85%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Cal Tech offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Psychology
  • Registered Nursing
  • Mechanical Engineering

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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North Dakota Tuition Figures

At $31,568, North Dakota’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $5,297.

Here’s a fuller look at North Dakota tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $31,568
  • Average financial aid package: $5,297

Now, what is life like at North Dakota? Let’s take a look.


North Dakota Location

The university’s main campus is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

At the campus’ heart lies the Chester Fritz Library, the largest library in the entire state.

Remember, you’re going to North Dakota for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


North Dakota Academics

North Dakota has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Dietetics
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Graphic Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Investments and Securities
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Registered Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at North Dakota.


Student Life at North Dakota

North Dakota has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of North Dakota’s student activities:

  • Accounting Club
  • Adelphi Literary Society
  • Anime Society
  • Bass Fishing Club
  • The Big Event
  • BlockChain UND
  • Chess Club
  • Dakota Space Society
  • Environmental Restoration Club
  • Federalist Society
  • Females for Firearms
  • Fencing Club
  • Games Club
  • Hear It
  • Japanese Cultural Exchange Club
  • Low Brass Club
  • Order of Omega

Are you an athlete? North Dakota’s got plenty of options for you.


North Dakota Athletics

North Dakota offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

North Dakota’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a North Dakota degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

North Dakota has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Playwright Maxwell Anderson
  • Poet Thomas McGrath
  • Composer Michael Halstenson
  • NBA coach Phil Jackson
  • Aramco CEO Thomas Barger
  • Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally J. Smith
  • US Representative Dick Armey
  • Author Chuck Klosterman
  • NASA astronaut Karen L. Nyberg

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into North Dakota is lightly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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