University of North Dakota (UND) (Grand Forks) Admission Requirement

University of North Dakota Requirements for Admission

What are University of North Dakota’s admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we’ll cover what you need to get into University of North Dakota and build a strong application.

School location: Grand Forks, ND

This school is also known as: ND, NoDak, UND

Admissions Rate: 82.2%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at University of North Dakota is 82.2%. For every 100 applicants, 82 are admitted.

This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you’re almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don’t meet University of North Dakota’s requirements, you’ll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.

University of North Dakota GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school’s average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.48

With a GPA of 3.48, University of North Dakota requires you to be around average in your high school class. You’ll need a mix of A’s and B’s, and very few C’s. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of North Dakota. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

University of North Dakota SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school’s average score.

Average SAT: 1110

The average SAT score composite at University of North Dakota is a 1110 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes University of North Dakota Competitive for SAT test scores.

University of North Dakota SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 980, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1230. In other words, a 980 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1230 will move you up to above average.

Here’s the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math570500630
Reading + Writing540480600
Composite11109801230

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

University of North Dakota ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, University of North Dakota likely doesn’t have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 23

The average ACT score at University of North Dakota is 23. This score makes University of North Dakota Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 21, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 27.

ACT Score Sending Policy
If you’re taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school’s ACT requirement of 21 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you’re happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren’t able to find the school’s exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of North Dakota, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 21.

SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

University of North Dakota considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don’t need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you’re applying to may require it.

SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

University of North Dakota has indicated that SAT subject tests are recommended. Typically this means that SAT subject tests are not required, but submitting them can showcase particular strengths. For example, if you’re applying to an engineering school, submitting science and math SAT subject tests will boost your application.

Typically, your SAT/ACT and GPA are far more heavily weighed than your SAT Subject Tests. If you have the choice between improving your SAT/ACT score or your SAT Subject Test scores, definitely choose to improve your SAT/ACT score.

Final Admissions Verdict

Because this school is lightly selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don’t fall well below average. Aim for a 980 SAT or a 21 ACT or higher, and you’ll almost certainly get an offer of admission. As long as you meet the rest of the application requirements below, you’ll be a shoo-in.

But if you score below our recommended target score, you may be one of the very few unlucky people to get rejected.

Admissions Calculator

What are your chances of admission at University of North Dakota?Chances of admission with these scores:82.99%

Here’s our custom admissions calculator. Plug in your numbers to see what your chances of getting in are.

Pick your test: New SAT ACTSAT ScoreYour GPA


Note: Your admission decision relies not only on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but also on your coursework difficulty, extracurriculars, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. This tool provides only a simplistic estimate of your chances of admission. Instead of treating this tool as a crystal ball, we recommend you consider the big picture of what your chance means:

  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in

We recommend you apply to schools across a range of chances. Applying to some safety schools will guarantee you have a college to go to, while applying to some reach schools will give you a shot at getting into the school at the top of your range.

Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials – high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We’ll cover the exact requirements of University of North Dakota here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Not accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee$35
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACTRequired
  • SAT Essay or ACT WritingOptional
  • SAT Subject TestsRecommended
  • Scores Due in OfficeNone

Coursework Requirements

  • SubjectRequired Years
  • English4
  • Math3
  • Science3
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies3
  • History
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

  •  
    • Offered?DeadlineNotification
  • Regular Admission
    • YesNone
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information

  • Address:264
    Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Phone:(701) 777-3000 x3000
  • Fax:(701) 777-3650
  • Email:UND.admissions@UND.edu