International Student Admission Procedures

Dickinson State University is authorized under federal law to accept international students. An international applicant seeking admission must:

  1. Submit the completed application for admission. The application is available online.
  2. Pay the $35 nonrefundable Application Fee. The fee can be paid at the time of application. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid. SBHE Policy 805.3 mandates the undergraduate application fee of $35.
  3. Demonstrate Proficiency in the English Language by submitting one of the following:
    1. (IBT) TOEFL score of 71 or higher on the (DSU accepts electronic versions of TOEFL directly from the company). Dickinson State University school code – 6477.
    2. IELTS score of 6.0 or higher (Dickinson State University accepts electronic versions of IELTS directly from the company).
    3. Pearson Test of English (PTE-A) score of 50 or higher.
    4. Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 55 or higher.
    5. SAT Writing sub-score of 430 or higher.
    6. United States General Education Development (GED) certificate administered in English.
    7. Or any other acceptable demonstration of English proficiency approved by North Dakota University System Procedure 402.9.

      Applicants that are a resident of a country that has English as the primary official language and whose native language is English are exempt from the English proficiency demonstration requirement under NDUS 402.9.  
  4. Submit official notices from a bank indicating the student or student’s sponsor has necessary funding for one (1) full year of tuition, fees, insurance, room, board and books. Notices must come in a sealed envelope directly from the bank to Dickinson State University. Any documents submitted in envelopes which have been opened or tampered with will be automatically declined. Bank draft letters are preferred.
  5. Submit official transcripts:
    1. Transcripts provided from either a) high schools not located in the United States, b) or post-secondary transcripts for institutions not regionally accredited in the United States must be official and must be accompanied by certified English translations (if in a language other than English).
    2. All documents submitted for purposes of admission must be certified/official. Uncertified/unofficial photocopies of required documents are not acceptable.
    3. In most circumstances, an independent evaluation from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AACRAO (American Association Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) approved agency is also required.
    4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary instructions of higher education.
  6. Submit a copy of the data page of the passport (may be submitted by scanning and uploading directly to your student application).
  7. Submit a complete Declaration of Finance form (may be submitted by scanning and uploading directly to your student application).
  8. Prior to course enrollment, submit documentation of immunity. Immunity may be documented by showing evidence of (a) two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine no less than one month apart from a health licensed physician or authorized representative of a state or local health department; (b) proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps and rubella; or (c) proof of date of birth prior to 1957.
  9. Upon arrival student must provide proof of:
    1. Freedom from Tuberculosis. TB testing is conducted on campus by the campus Health Center. Students showing positive reactions will be sent to a local clinic for additional testing.
    2. Documentation of at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine in the five years prior to enrollment or (b) evidence of two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine administered at age 10 or older and at least eight weeks apart.
  10. Applicants who are transferring to Dickinson State University from another institution of higher education in the United States must, upon admission to Dickinson State University, request of their home institution to have their SEVIS record be transferred to Dickinson State University. This must be done before immigration documents can be issued.

Admission materials should be mailed directly to

Dickinson State University
Office of Enrollment Services and Communications
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601