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Conditional Admission

An applicant who meets all academic requirements for admission to North Dakota State University (NDSU), except for the English proficiency level, may be eligible for conditional admission. All documents are reviewed for conditional admission to the undergraduate or graduate program and enrollment in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP), for the student's first term at NDSU. The IELP will help to prepare students for full-time, university level coursework and provides the possiblity for students to enroll in IELP and academic coursework at the same time, depending on their proficiency level.

  1. Start your Intensive English Language Program (IELP) application
  2. Create a new user account with your own, unique email address
    > If someone is assisting you with the application, you must still be the one submitting the requirements online under your login profile.

  3. Check your email for a temporary password and follow the login link provided to change your password
  4. Select Fall/Spring/Summer term and answer the Profile questions to setup your customized application
  5. Print and complete the "Signature Verification Form" located at the top of your application page; then email it to NDSU International Admissions.
  6. Start your International Undergraduate (Bachelor) application (select Fall/Spring term)
    > Please note: undergraduate classes are not available to new students during summer term.

  7. Pay the application fees: 1) $35 IELP Fee and 2) $35 International Undergraduate Fee
  8. View Academic Requirements by Country of Education List for official records required
    > Official academic records must be submitted for all grades received through the semester prior to admission at NDSU
       (Example: Fall applicants=grades through December/January, Spring applicants=grades through July/August)

  9. View Examination requirements and Estimated Costs
  10. Mail all official documents listed in your online applications to NDSU International Admissions


 Conditional Admission Deadlines (for receipt of all IELP+Undergraduate application requirements):
 If OUTSIDE the U.S.                                  If enrolled at a school INSIDE the U.S.
  • Fall (August start) - June 1                       • Fall (August start) - July 1
  • Spring (January start) - November 1        • Spring (January start) - December 1
  • Summer (June start) - April 1                   • Summer (June start) - May 1

  1. Please contact the Graduate School directly for the required process
    > Eligibility determined by specific department on an individual student basis.


Upon arrival at NDSU:

  • Submit any updated TOEFL/IELTS reports to NDSU International Admissions, which were taken after receiving admission to NDSU. We will update your eligibility when applicable.
  • Take the on-campus placement test during orientation to determine your proficiency level in English listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar.
  • The IELP Coordinator will determine your enrollment type for the 1st day of classes:

    1) Full-time IELP (5 classes, 20 credit hours), OR

    2) Part-time IELP (<4 classes) + Part-time Undergraduate (1+ classes)
    > minimum enrollment of 12 credits required

At the completion of each semester:

  • The IELP Coordinator will review your proficiency level to determine if your enrollment type has changed.

    1) You will be granted full undergraduate admission and eligible to enroll in full-time academic classes; OR

    2) You will continue studying English for next term, with option of taking 1+ academic classes (additional costs apply)
    > A conditional admission offer may be deferred until a student's English proficiency level improves to meet North Dakota State University
       minimum standards for full admission.

     Questions? Contact International Admissions