Merit-Based Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships

The NDSU Presidential Scholarship Program awards are among the most prestigious academic scholarships awarded to freshmen. Once admitted to the university, NDSU automatically awards Presidential Program scholarships to qualifying students. Only students who are admitted by Feb. 1 can receive a Presidential Program scholarship. Recipients may file a separate Freshman Scholarship Application to be considered for a limited number of departmental scholarships. For more information, click here.

Recipients of a Presidential Program scholarship may attend a Scholars' Orientation and Registration Program. These sessions include a recognition luncheon and are scheduled before all other Freshman Orientation and Registration sessions.

Presidential Scholarship
Amount: $3,000/year (four years of eligibility)
Eligibility: The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen with a composite ACT score of 32 or higher (or SAT equivalent of 1400 in math and critical reading) who have earned a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 (unweighted) at the time of admission and upon graduation.

The Presidential Scholarship is disbursed $3,000 per year ($1,500 per semester) over four consecutive years of continuous full-time undergraduate study at NDSU and requires recipients to maintain a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.

Presidential Honor Scholarship
Amount: $2,500/year (four years of eligibility)
Eligibility: The NDSU Presidential Honor Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen with an ACT of 29 to 31 (or SAT of 1320 to 1390 in math and critical reading) who have earned a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 (unweighted) at the time of admission and upon graduation.

The Presidential Honor Scholarship is disbursed $2,500 per year ($1,250 per semester) over four consecutive years of continuous full-time undergraduate study at NDSU and requires recipients to maintain a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.


Freshmen Scholarships

North Dakota State University is proud of the number of academically talented students who enter the university each year. Although the scholarship selection process is quite competitive, all interested students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application or contact the appropriate department for consideration.

  • Students scoring a 24 composite or higher on the ACT (SAT equivalent of 1140 in Math and Critical Reading) who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are invited to apply for scholarships.
  • To be considered for scholarships, you must be admitted to NDSU by the Feb. 1 scholarship application deadline.
  • Transcripts and test scores received after the Feb. 1 deadline will not be considered for scholarships.

Competition for these scholarships is quite high, often causing the minimum test score and GPA to be greater than the above criteria.

Students entering NDSU for the first time are considered for freshman scholarships if any of the following criteria are met:

  • High school seniors who have or have not earned college credit or
  • High school graduates who have not attended any post-secondary institution.

Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen with a Social Security Number or a permanent resident.

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