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Graduates: Pack your digital suitcase!

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from NDSU!

As you prepare to move forward with your career, please remember to pack your digital files and take them with you.

Your accounts are set to expire
  • Your NDSU email account will remain active for approximately 18 months after your last semester actively enrolled for credit at NDSU.
  • Your other information technology accounts are scheduled to be removed in early fall 2014. 

To prepare for the closing of your accounts, please complete steps 1, 2, and 3 below.

Step 1: Download and save files stored in your NDSU accounts

Download and save files stored in your NDSU accounts to your computer or other personal file storage area. These may include files stored in Blackboard MyFiles, Google Drive, and your NDSU email account.

Blackboard MyFiles
    1. Log in to Blackboard using your NDSU electronic ID and password
    2. Click the Files tab in Blackboard
    3. Check the box next to each document you want to download and save (or check the box at the top to select all)
    4. Click Download Package to generate a .zip folder
    5. Click OK or Save, and then choose where to save the folder on your personal computer, disk or USB flash drive
          Google Drive
          1. Log in to your Google account using your NDSU email address (typically and password
          2. Click Drive
          3. Check the box next to each document you want to download and save (or check the box at the top to select all)
          4. Click the More button at the top of the page, and then choose Download
          5. Click Download to generate a .zip folder
          6. Click OK or Save, and then choose where to save the folder on your personal computer, disk or USB flash drive
                     NDSU Email

                    You have two options for moving important email messages and attachments out of your NDSU email account:

                    1. Manually forward important messages to a personal email account, or
                    2. Set up both your NDSU email account and a personal email account in a single email client (e.g., Microsoft Outlook), and then drag the messages from your NDSU account to your personal account. View instructions on how to set up your NDSU email account in some email clients.

                    Step 2: Forward your NDSU email to a personal account

                    If you haven’t yet done so, set up a personal email account with an address that reflects your professionalism. Update resumes and other job application materials with your new email address, and set up email forwarding to continue to receive messages sent to your address within the next 18 months. 

                    Your NDSU email account will expire 18 months after your last semester actively enrolled for credit at NDSU.

                    Set up email forwarding
                      1. Go to
                      2. Log in using your NDSU email address ( and password
                      3. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the page and choose Options
                      4. Under “shortcuts to other things you can do” on the right side of the page, click Forward your email
                      5. In the Forwarding section of the page, enter the email address to which you would like your messages forwarded
                      6. Leave the checkbox checked to ensure you don’t lose any messages
                      7. Click start forwarding

                      Step 3: Update your contact information in Campus Connection

                      Add your personal email address as your preferred email address in Campus Connection to continue receiving important messages after your NDSU email account expires.

                      1. Go to
                      2. Log in to Campus Connection using your N.D. University System identifier (typically firstname.lastname) and password
                      3. Under the menu on the Student Center tab, click Campus Personal Information
                      4. Click Email Addresses
                      5. Click the Add An Email Address button
                      6. Click the Email Type drop down, and then select the type
                      7. Enter your personal email address in the Email Address field
                      8. Check the Preferred box, and then click the Save button to finish

                      Step 4: Remove NDSU-provided software from your personal computer

                      If you've installed NDSU-provided software on your personal computer for use as an NDSU student (e.g., Read & Write Gold), be sure to remove that software from your computer.

                      If you have the free version of Microsoft Office software provided through the Student Advantage Program installed on your computer, the license will expire and the program will go into read-only mode.


                      Contact the IT Help Desk at 231-8685 (option 1) or

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                      North Dakota State University
                      IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
                      Administrative Calls Only: +1 (701) 231-7961 / Fax: (701) 231-8541
                      Campus address: Quentin Burdick Building 206
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                      Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 4510 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
                      Page manager: Information Technology Services

                      Last Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014 8:30:07 AM