Admission Requirements

Admission of new/transfer students

High school graduation or successful completion of the General Education Developmental Test (G.E.D.) is required for admission to all curriculums in the Liberal Arts and Allied Health areas. High school graduation or G.E.D. is recommended for the Business and Technologies and Services programs; however, applicants 16 years of age or older may be accepted for enrollment in these divisions if the applicant successfully meets curriculum standards. Applicants who are unable to meet the high school graduation or G.E.D. requirements may apply for consideration as special students and may be admitted on a probationary basis if the admission committee approves. Please note: To secure your enrollment in your selected program, you need to register for classes on scheduled registration days/dates. Class schedules are generated on a first-come, first-serve basis regardless of application.

Admission procedures

An applicant for admission must submit the following information to Enrollment Services:

  1. An electronic application for admission with $35 application fee (non-refundable) is available
  2. A high school and/or college transcript or G.E.D. Official high school and college transcript must be sent directly from the granting institution. G.E.D. scores must be sent directly from the granting state’s Department of Public Instruction. Transcripts must be in the Enrollment Services office BEFORE a student is invited to register for classes.
  3. The North Dakota University System requires applicants submit:
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    • An ACT or SAT score for applicants under age 25. Exemptions from this requirement include students who are:
      • age 25 or older on the first day of class;
      • from foreign countries; or
      • transferring 24 or more semester credits acceptable at the receiving campus

Individual exemptions are granted on a case-by-case basis. Contact NDSCS Enrollment Services office.

When NDSCS practices selective admission to a limited-enrollment program, scores from one of the two major tests (ACT or SAT) may be required. It is to the student’s advantage to take these tests at the earliest possible date during his or her senior year of high school.

Test scores are used by colleges for counseling, advising, course placement and scholarship evaluation. Scores are not used to exclude students from enrolling at NDSCS.

Information on ACT, SAT and WorkKeys test dates may be secured from a high school principal or guidance counselor, the NDSCS Testing Center or appropriate testing company website. These tests are given several times each year and at multiple locations.

Application deadline

Applicants for most courses that begin in August are accepted throughout the year, but an early application is recommended.

See the Admission to Curriculums with Special Requirements of the College Catalog for programs that have special admission requirements and application deadlines.

Send applications to:
Enrollment Services
North Dakota State College of Science
800 Sixth Street North
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002

High school students

Students who are still in high school and are pursuing college courses during the summer, or simultaneously with high school, become special students who are given special consideration when they apply.

Former students

Any former student who was in good standing will be re-admitted if a suitable class schedule can be arranged for the applicant. Any former student who was suspended or on probation is referred to the Probation, Suspension and Re-Admission Policy found in the NDSCS Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities. Applicants should contact the Enrollment Services office for more information.

International students

International students are invited to apply for admission by contacting Enrollment Services for special application for admission.

The following criteria are needed for admission:

  • International student application; and
  • Financial status verification.
  • On-campus employment also is available for the international student.

Numerous services and programming activities are available, including:

  • International handbook;
  • English as a Second Language;
  • International student advising and tutoring;
  • Multi-Cultural Club;
  • Immigration information and services; and
  • Student housing.

International students may contact Enrollment Services by email: or write to Enrollment Services, 800 Sixth Street North, Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002. USA.

Other students

From time to time NDSCS agrees to admit groups of students under special circumstances. In such cases the usual entrance requirements may not apply.

English and Mathematics Course Placement

Placement of students in courses that most closely match their abilities results in a greater likelihood that these students will be successful in pursuing and completing their programs. All students are required to follow English and mathematics placement recommendations based on standardized test scores. Students under the age of 25 must present ACT scores and students age 25 and over will complete Compass placement testing on campus.

Students will be placed in the appropriate college English Composition course according to their ACT English and Reading Test scores, and students will be placed in the appropriate mathematics course according to their ACT Mathematics Test scores. Students must take the Compass placement test if ACT Test scores are not available on the date of registration. Students may elect to take the Compass placement test to challenge their course placement. If there is a difference between the ACT and Compass placement, the best scores will be used.

For admission to program with special requirements - see the NDSCS Catalog.

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