North Dakota University System
Applying for College

University Admission Standards


Students who plan to attend a four-year institution in the University System must successfully complete a core curriculum of high school courses.

Students who have not taken the required high school courses can become eligible for transfer to the state's four-year institutions when they satisfactorily complete 24 credits at a two-year college.

Required courses for university enrollment include:
  • 4 units of English (including written and oral communication skills);

  • 3 units of mathematics (algebra I and above)

  • 3 units of laboratory science (including at least 2 in biology, chemistry, physics or physical science)

  • 3 units of social studies (excluding consumer education, cooperative marketing, orientation to social science and marriage/family)
It's recommended that future university students take one high school mathematics course each year, including advanced algebra, and take at least two foreign language courses, which may include American Sign Language or Native American languages.



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