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SUBJECT: 400s: Academic affairs EFFECTIVE: December 9, 2016
Section: 402.9 Admissions Procedures - New Applicants with International Coursework

  1. This procedure implements SBHE Policy 402.9. The purpose of university admission requirements is to ensure that students entering North Dakota University System schools are prepared to succeed.

  2. An applicant with international coursework is defined as any applicant who has credit from a high school not in the U.S. or a college/university not regionally-accredited in the U.S.

  3. Only official post-secondary transcripts may be used for admissions purposes or for the evaluation of credit to be transferred. In order to be official, a transcript must meet any of the following criteria:

    1. The transcript has arrived in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution

    2. The transcript has arrived or been accessed via a secure electronic transcript exchange (not email, not fax) of which the receiving NDUS institution is already a member

    3. The transcript is a copy attested by the issuing institution as shown by an attestation stamp

    4. The transcript arrives as a photocopy attached to a credential evaluation performed by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or The Language Company (TLC) Level 9 or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)

    5. The transcript has been provided by an official organization administering U.S. State Department sponsored fellowships, or international student exchange programs.

  4. An NDUS institution shall require that international transcripts and credentials be evaluated before they are used for admission purposes. Such an evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and it must be performed by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA), a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).

    Campuses may elect to perform some evaluations of transcripts and credentials from specific countries through the use of trained admission staff.

  5. An applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Campuses shall have the discretion to use higher secondary admission criteria and English proficiency scores for specific programs.

    1. At least two years of study, in good standing, at a U.S. high school or regionally accredited U.S. college/university

    2. At least two years of study, in good standing, at a post-secondary institution with English as the language of instruction

    3. A degree or diploma from an institution in which English was the language of instruction

    4. A U.S. General Education Diploma (GED) administered in English

    5. College Composition I and College Composition II, or equivalent courses, with a grade of A' or B' from a regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary college and/or university

    6. Any of the placement scores on the ACT, SAT, PLAN, COMPASS and/or ACCUPLACER for English:

      1. ACT English sub test of 18 or higher
      2. SAT Writing and Language of 25 or higher
      3. COMPASS Writing Skills of 77 or higher
      4. ACCUPLACER Write Placer of 5 or higher

    7. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum internet-based test (iBT) score for research institutions of 71(or paper-based test score of 525), regional institutions may consider a minimum TOEFL internet-based test score of 68 (or paper-based test score of 523); or a minimum TOEFL internet based test score of 65 for community colleges.

    8. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.0, technical based programs may consider a minimum IELTS score of 5.5

    9. The Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE-A) with a minimum score of 50

    10. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 55

    11. ELS intensive level 109 certificates for non-research/technical/contract based programs; all other applicants must have completed and obtained ELS intensive level 112 certificates for research based programs.

    12. The Language Company (TLC), English as a Second Language Program, Level 9 completion certificate.

Reference: SBHE Policy - 402.9  

Chancellor's Cabinet , December 17, 2012.
Chancellor's Approval, February 19, 2013.
Chancellor's Cabinet, December 9, 2016.
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