New admissions standards approved by SBHE

December 19, 2014

At their November 20 meeting, the Board approved new admissions standards for NDUS institutions. The updated standards are the result of months of work by an admissions standards task force and thorough discussion by Board members.

The standards are geared toward helping students find the institution that is the right fit for them academically, and are part of an overall goal to help those students succeed once they are admitted.

The standards include three elements: grade-point average, ACT score and core course requirements. The chart below is a breakdown of the current standards versus the newly approved admissions standards for the first two elements. These new standards will go into effect by Fall 2016.

Institution Current Standards New Standards for Fall 2016 
Community Colleges
Bismarck State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Dakota College at Bottineau Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Lake Region State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
North Dakota State College of Science Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Williston State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Regional Universities
Dickinson State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Mayville State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: No Minimum
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Minot State University GPA: 3.25
ACT: 22
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 21
Valley City State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: No Minimum
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Research Universities
North Dakota State University GPA: 2.5
ACT: 21
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 22
University of North Dakota GPA: 2.5
ACT: 21
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 22

The third element of the admissions standards is core courses. Currently, students are required to complete 13 core courses in high school to be eligible for admission to a 4-year regional or research university. For admission to the research universities, that requirement will increase to 14 core courses in Fall 2017 with full implementation at 15 core courses in Fall 2018.

More communication about these standards will be shared with stakeholders throughout the next year.