North Dakota State University (North Dakota State or NDSU) Tuition Fees

Undergraduate Tuition – Fall

Tuition and Fee charges are assessed each semester and are directly correlated to the student’s registration activity in Campus Connection.

Tuition – Full Time Capped Rate (13 or more credits)

North Dakota ResidentMinnesota Resident*Contiguous, Alumni DependentU.S. Non-Resident, WUE, MSEPInternationalInternships (per credit, not capped)#
Base Tuition$4,475.50$5,012.50$5,370.50$6,713.00$7,831.50$368.35
Business Minor (addtl. fee)$17.50/busn. credit$19.60/busn. credit$21.00/busn. credit$26.26/busn. credit$30.63/busn. credit

Tuition – Part Time Per-Credit Rate (1-12 credits)

North Dakota ResidentMinnesota Resident*Contiguous, Alumni DependentU.S. Non-Resident, WUE, MSEPInternationalInternships (per credit, not capped)#
Base Rate$368.35$412.55$442.02$552.52$644.61$368.35

GPIDEA Per-Credit Rates

Great Plains IDEA Tuition and Cost (

Dual Credit and Early Entry Tuition Rates

Dual Credit Tuition Rates

Mandatory Student Fees

1-11 Credits$60.42/credit$55.06/credit
12+ Credits$1449.60*$660.72

*Combined Fall and Spring Student Fees Cap

Undergraduate Tuition Rate Chart Key, Billing Methods and Other Considerations

Differential Tuition

Select majors, typically based on the assigned College, are charged a higher tuition rate referred to as “differential tuition”.  Students not assigned differential tuition are charged the base tuition rate.  The assignment of the differential tuition rate is based on the student’s declared major – it is not based on individual class selection. 

1. Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Nursing, or Pharmacy differential tuition is assessed on all credits of students admitted to programs overseen by each of the respective Colleges.

2. Engineering differential tuition is assessed on all credits of students admitted to an academic program overseen by the College of Engineering.  Examples of engineering majors include:  pre-Engineering (including those with undecided majors/concentrations), Agriculture & Bio Systems, Civil, Construction Engineering/Management, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical and Manufacturing, and Computer Science.

3. Business differential tuition is assessed on all credits of students admitted to an academic program overseen by the College of Business.  Examples of business majors include:  Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Global Business. Students that were admitted to the program as a pre-major will be automatically enrolled in to the professional major when the admission requirements (e.g. 2.5 cumulative GPA, completed/enrolled in five core courses) are met. Students requesting not to be admitted must opt out by the deadline established by the College of Business.

4. Students with majors outside the College of Business, who have declared a minor or certificate within the College of Business, will be charged tuition in accordance with their declared major. However, students will be charged additionally for credits provided by the College of Business if they have a declared minor in Accounting, Banking, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Fraud Investigation, Logistics or Management Information Systems; or a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Banking, or Professional Selling.

The differential tuition rate replaces the base rate and starts at the point in time that the student is accepted in to the program. Engineering students, for example, are accepted in to their programs as Freshmen.  Students who have declared multiple majors are billed at a single tuition rate corresponding with the highest programmatic rate of the student. If a student should elect to leave a major with differential tuition, the major change form must be submitted and processed prior to the week four census date.  Changes completed after the four-week census will not be effective until the following term. 

Residency and Reciprocity

A primary component of a student’s tuition charges is their assigned residency.  Some students may receive a discounted rate as the result of a tuition agreement between higher education institutions and systems. 

*All Minnesota rates are per the ND-MN Reciprocity Agreement.  Minnesota residents who have not been approved by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MNOHE) to receive the lower reciprocity rate will be charged the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) tuition rate.  The Pharmacy program is excluded from this reciprocity agreement and students from MN will be charged the MSEP rate unless previously approved by MNOHE to receive the MN rate as an undergraduate.

MSEP States:  Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota*, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin 

*(MN students not approved for the MN Reciprocity Rate)

Residents of contiguous (i.e. border) states and provinces are granted a discounted tuition rate as depicted above.

Contiguous Provinces/States:  Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Montana, and South Dakota

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) States/Territories:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Federal States of Micronesia.

Children and spouses of North Dakota college and university graduates may be eligible for reduced tuition at NDSU through the Alumni Tuition Incentive Program.  This discounted rate is depicted as Alumni Dependent above.  Eligibility must be noted at time of application and graduate students are not eligible. 


# The internship rate depicted above pertains to field experiences, cooperative education programs and internships facilitated by NDSU’s Career Center.  It does not apply to independent programs. 

Tuition Cap

With the intent to encourage students to take fifteen credits per semester and graduate in a timely manner, NDSU caps tuition at thirteen credits for undergraduate students. Meaning, all credits over thirteen are at no additional cost to the student. The tuition cap refers to NDSU tuition charges only. Full-time status, scholarship eligibility, and financial aid may have alternative credit requirements.  Internships/co-op credits are not capped.

Credits Outside of Declared Major

Tuition is billed based on the student’s declared major.  This assigned tuition rate applies to all credits, regardless of the subject matter.  No discount is provided for differential tuition on classes not administered by the student’s assigned College.

Multiple Majors

Students with multiple declared majors in the same billing career (e.g. undergraduate) will be billed at a single tuition rate.  This tuition rate will be charged on all credits; tuition is not charged by class.  If one of the declared majors is within a college approved to charge differential tuition, the differential rate will be charged.  In instances where both declared majors are within colleges assigned differential tuition, the greater of the two will be charged. 

Multiple Careers

Students enrolled in multiple careers (e.g. both undergraduate and graduate) may be billed separately for each and the tuition cap does not apply across careers.  Mandatory student fees do cap across careers.  Exception:  Architecture students in multiple careers will have their tuition capped at the graduate tuition rate.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers may only be applied to tuition charges and may not be utilized to pay housing and/or miscellaneous charges.  In instances where the tuition waiver awarded is greater than the tuition charges, the overage may not be refunded to the student.

Collaborative and Tri-College

The above rates do not reflect the tuition rates of schools hosting NDSU students via the NDUS collaborative or Tri-College University registration. 

Audit Rate

The audit rate is 50% of the base tuition rate, corresponding to the student’s individual residency. Students cannot select the audit option while registering for classes.  Instead, a permit is required and enrollment is completed by the Office of Registration & Records.