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.
List Northern State University (ACT code 3916/SAT code 6487) to request that your test scores be sent directly to us.
Contact your high school and any post-secondary schools you've attended to request an official transcript be mailed directly to NSU Admissions.
Send official transcripts from all schools you've attended to NSU Admissions.
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!