Counselor Fundamentals

Information for high school counselors about the University of North Dakota, its admission process and deadlines.

Get Ahead with Direct Admission to the Nursing Program

UND is now offering direct admission to the nursing program to certain students. Direct admission is a criterion-based early admission program for pre-nursing students who have exemplary academic performance during high school.

Direct admission will be limited to the top 20 qualified high school candidates and will occur once per academic year. Students who aren’t selected for direct admissions must apply using the standard nursing admission process after being admitted for general admission to UND.

To qualify for direct admission to the nursing program, a student must:

  • Be admitted to UND as a full-time freshman student
  • Declare intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing on the UND admission application
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have a composite ACT score of at least 27 or a combined SAT score of at least 1210 in the previous 2 years

Direct admission will be limited to the 20 students with the highest combined high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores, with preference given to students graduating from North Dakota high schools. In the event of a tie, admission will be determined by random selection.

If you have students interested in the nursing program at UND, make sure to let them know about this new process. If you or your students have any questions, you can contact the Nursing Office of Student Services.