Pathway Program

The Pathway Program is a collaborative program between North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) that prepares students for the academic rigors of college-level course work at a research institution.

Applicants who are not admitted to NDSU may be eligible to participate in the Pathway Program. Pathway students enroll in academic readiness courses and general education courses at NDSCS-Fargo, located adjacent to the NDSU campus, and a limited number of general education courses at NDSU. The academic readiness courses are designed to prepare students for the more rigorous course work required to earn a degree from NDSU. The typical student will satisfactorily complete two or three semesters of course work, including any applicable academic readiness courses, as well as a minimum of 24 transferrable college credits with an NDSU and NDSCS GPA of 2.0 or higher prior to transferring to NDSU. Transfer students are typically ineligible for Pathway.



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If you have been admitted to the Pathway Program and are eligible to register, click the button below to sign up for a Pathway Registration date.

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COVID-19 Considerations

NDSCS is focused on minimizing risk and the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide supportive and impactful experiences for our incoming students. To accomplish this, we have made the following modifications:

  • The use of face coverings is required for all NDSCS employees, students, and visitors. Disposable face masks will be provided if visitors do not have their own.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well, having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and/or been knowingly exposed to anyone that has COVID-19 is asked to not attend New Student Registration and Orientation and contact NDSCS Admission at 701-231-6935 to reschedule.

How to Apply
  1. Apply for admission to NDSU. If the University Admission Committee denies full admission to NDSU, and based upon ACT sub-scores, the Pathway Program could be recommended.
  2. If eligible for the Pathway Program, an admission decision letter, along with a Pathway Intent Form and informational brochure will be mailed to the student.
  3. Returning the Intent Form to NDSU officially secures a student’s place in the program, allowing students to then receive housing assignments, financial aid awards and other pertinent information.
  4. Apply for housing at NDSU.
  5. Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA, indicating NDSCS (Code 002996) as the primary institution listed to receive your information.
Course Placement

Initial course placement is based on ACT sub scores in reading, English and math. Students have the opportunity to ACCUPLACER test to verify their placement.

NDSCS Academic Readiness Courses
  • Critical Reading
  • College Writing
  • Composition Lab
  • Algebra Prep

An Academic Advisor will help to identify general education courses to take in conjunction with academic readiness courses appropriate for the field of study.

Orientation and Registration Program

Students are required to attend an orientation and registration session, which includes expectations for Pathway students, advisement, registration for courses and an introduction to NDSU residence life and student services. 

Pathway students are able to access services at both NDSU and NDSCS, including but not limited to both campus libraries, tutoring services and counseling resources. Pathway students can participate in student organizations and attend campus events such as athletic events, fine arts events and MU Live.

Transferring to NDSU

Upon successful completion of the Pathway Program requirements, student will transfer to NDSU.

Transfer Requirements
  • Successfully completing all academic readiness courses
  • Completing 24 transferrable college credits
  • Achieving a 2.0 or above NDSU and NDSCS GPA
  • Paying all outstanding bills related to college attendance

General education courses taken through NDSU and NDSCS will apply to NDSU degree requirements. NDSCS academic readiness classes will not apply to NDSU curriculum.

Pathway Housing

All first year students are required to live on the NDSU campus. The link to Residence Life at NDSU is

A first year student is defined as an individual who receives a high school diploma in January or later of the current year. PSEO or Advanced Placement credits are not considered when determining first year status.

You may qualify for an exemption to this policy if you:
  • Are living with a parent or guardian at their primary residence within a 35 mile radius of campus
  • Are enrolled in nine or fewer credit hours during both the fall and spring semesters
  • Have custody of a child
  • Are married
  • Have extenuating circumstances such as a severe medical condition, financial hardship for which there is no other solution or family consideration.

You should not make alternate living arrangements prior to submitting a request and receiving approval.

Pathway Tuition and Fees

NDSCS combines tuition and fees from both NDSU and NDSCS into one bill, which is paid to NDSCS.

  • For NDSCS classes, students are charged an NDSCS per credit tuition/one flat rate per credit hour, whether you are in-state or out-of-state.
  • For NDSU classes, students are charged tuition and fees based on their state of residence.
  • Room and meal plans are based on NDSU rates.

Estimated Educational Costs

Tuition and fees are due in early September for fall semester and early January for spring semester. Additional information about tuition and fees, as well as billing, is covered during an orientation and registration session. Your billing information will be sent to your campus email account and also through the U.S. Postal Service.

Financial Aid

All financial aid is administered through NDSCS.

Steps for financial aid:
  1. Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) with the U.S. Department of Education for both parent and student. The FSA ID allows the student and parent to sign applications and promissory notes electronically. The process will create the FSA ID immediately, but the FSA ID will take 1 to 3 days to activate.
  2. Complete your FAFSA online at Choose the NDSCS Institution Code 002996. You may apply after October 1 for the following academic year. Priority funding deadline for some programs is April 15 of each year. A new FAFSA must be filled out every year.
Students with Disabilities

Students with a documented physical, psychological, sensory or learning disability may be eligible for various accommodations. To receive an accommodation, students need to open a file with the NDSCS Accessibility Services Office and the NDSU Disability Services Office. The Student Accessibility Coordinator will work with the student and others in the campus community to optimize student access to educational experiences and campus facilities.

For more information or to open a file, please contact NDSCS Accessibility Services, 800 North 6th Street, Wahpeton, ND 58076, or contact Mindi Bessler at 701-671-2623 or An early contact with Accessibility Services will provide information on your eligibility and accommodations before classes begin.

More Information

Pathway Program
1305 19th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

NDSU Office of Admission, Ceres Hall 114
NDSU Dept 5230
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701-231-8300 or 800-488-NDSU

NDSU Department of Residence Life, West Bison Court
NDSU Dept. #5310
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701-231-7557 or 800-572-8840

NDSCS Financial Aid, Haverty Hall 115
701-671-2207 or 800-342-4325 ext. 2207