Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Applicants to Northern 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


* 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.

Application Process
Take the ACT and/or SAT Tests

List Northern State University (ACT code 3916/SAT code 6487) to request that your test scores be sent directly to us.

Submit Official Transcript

Contact your high school and any post-secondary schools you've attended to request an official transcript be mailed directly to NSU Admissions.

Register for Classes

Visit Freshman HOWL Registration for details!

Check Your Eligibility
Send Us Your Transcript

Send official transcripts from all schools you've attended to NSU Admissions.

Check for Credit Transfer

Determine how your credits may transfer with our Transfer Credit Calculator.

Immunization Records

Send updated immunization records to NSU Admissions, admissions@northern.edu.

Visit our International Students Page

Start your journey to becoming an international student at Northern by visiting our International Students webpage, which lists all your requirements and includes links to apply!



Talk To Us

If you've taken college classes in the past - but didn't complete a degree - you can finish on campus or online. We will work with you on a program evaluation to determine which courses will complete your degree. Visit the Returning Students page to learn more!

Learn the Requirements

Application requirements vary according to your student status: degree-seeking, international, non-degree-seeking, provisional or undergraduate. See the Graduate Admission page for details!