Applicants to NSU must:
Rank in the top 60 percent of their high school graduating class;
- OR Achieve an ACT composite score of 18 or above; SAT score of 950 or above as of March 1, 2016, or later; or SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading subscores total of 870 or above.
- OR Earn a GPA of at least 2.6 on a 4.0 scale in all high school courses.
And complete the following required courses with a cumulative grade of "C" or higher (GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale):
Four years of English
- OR ACT English sub-test score of 18 or above OR AP English score of 3 or above
Three years of advanced mathematics*
- OR ACT math sub-test score of 20 or above OR AP calculus score of 3 or above
Three years of laboratory science**
- OR ACT science reasoning sub-test score of 17 or above OR AP science score of 3 or above
Three years of social science
- OR ACT social studies/reading sub-test score of 17 or above OR AP social studies score of 3 or above
One year of fine arts
- OR AP fine arts score of 3 or above
At the time of admission, it is expected that students will have basic keyboarding skills and have had experience in using computer word processing, database and spreadsheet packages and in using the Internet or other wide-area networks.
These expectations may be met by high school coursework. Effective fall 2006, entering students who have not taken such high school coursework must complete a specified computer course addressing these skills and competencies within the first 42 credit hours attempted.
* Advanced mathematics includes algebra or any higher level of math.
** Laboratory science includes biology, chemistry, physics or other approved science courses in which there is a weekly lab period scheduled.
List Northern State University (ACT code 3916/SAT code 6487) to request that your test scores be sent directly to NSU.
Contact your high school and any post-secondary schools you've attended to request that an official transcript be mailed directly to NSU Admissions.
Arrange for official transcripts from all schools you've attended to be sent to NSU Admissions.
Send updated immunization records to NSU's Health Services Office, 605-626-7694.
International students may take an English language or academic proficiency test. Please choose one of the following tests and have the testing center send results directly to Northern State University:
TOEFL IBT (61-70 or above)
TOEFL PBT (525 or above)
IELTS (5.5 or above)
PTE Academic (41 or above)
SAT (CR + M = 870 or above) School Code #6487
Send a copy of your high school transcripts translated in English to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post-secondary school transcripts from foreign universities must have a catalog match evaluation from ECE or WES. U.S. university transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Northern State University by U.S. postal mail.
If admitted to Northern State University, you'll complete a Declaration of Finances form to ensure that you have the finances to support your program.
Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from Northern State University, please apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information and assistance, please visit Study in the States.
If you've taken college classes in the past - but didn't complete a degree - you can finish here on campus, or online through NSU Online & Continuing Education.
Send official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate credits to the NSU Graduate Studies Office.