NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Getting Started Guide

The steps listed below describe the general process to get started in an online degree program or class.  Please review each step to ensure that you are ready to begin taking classes.  Students transferring into an online degree program may also want to check out NDSU's Transfer Student Services page. This page also serves as reference for questions that may come up while you are in a degree program. Before you begin, please review technical requirements to ensure your computer is compatible with online learning. If not, you may need to budget to purchase a new computer or software updates. 


Step 1. Choose a Class or Online Degree

NDSU Distance and Continuing Education offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level online and blended learning programs for you to choose from. Because classes are offered in a distance-based format you may enroll in an individual class or a full program, regardless of your location.  Distance education programs are open to students worldwide and are often attractive to transfer students nationwide.  Online and blended learning degrees are awarded a degree through North Dakota State University upon successful completion of coursework. Programs are continually being added, so be sure to check back often.

View list of online bachelor's degrees
View list of online master's degrees
View list of online graduate certificates
View list of all online classes

Step 2. Review Tuition and Fees


Step 3. Find Financial Resources

This page includes information and links to scholarships, grants and other financial resources for current and potential students.

Step 4. Get Admitted

The NDSU admission application process varies between undergraduate and graduate-level programs.  All students taking a class or online degree program through Distance and Continuing Education must be admitted to NDSU prior to registering for classes.  The admission process takes time, so please be sure your completed application is submitted at least six weeks prior to the semester you plan to take classes.  If you plan to apply for financial aid you will want to ensure that your application is submitted prior to any financial aid deadlines. 

Choose the option below that best applies to you.

New undergraduate student
Transfer undergraduate student
Graduate student
Other admission options


Step 5. Complete the Enroll Services Process

Students must complete the enroll services process in order to be able to access electronic resources at NDSU.  This includes your NDSU email account, Blackboard, Campus Connection, and electronic resources available through the NDSU Library, among others.

Step 6. Meet with your Advisor

Your advisor is a great resource for assistance in choosing the right classes for your degree.  Advisors will help identify resources at NDSU that are available to help you succeed. Transfer students should make every effort to meet with their advisor to ensure they know what classes they still need and to help plan their upcoming course schedule. Advisors are available by phone and email for those who cannot make it to campus. If you don't know who your advisor is contact the NDSU Advising Resource Center

Step 7. Register for Classes

Campus Connection is the official class registration system used at NDSU.  Unless you are in a graduate-level Great Plains IDEA program, the process for registering for Distance and Continuing Education classes is the same as registering for all other NDSU classes. All online classes are listed in the Campus Connection registration system. 

Step 8. Find Educational Resources

NDSU offers a variety of educational resources for online and on-campus students. You never know when you will need a new resource for your classes. We encourage all NDSU DCE students to review these resources as soon as you become a student and frequently throughout your education. That way you will always know what is available to you. New resources are added as they become available to distance-based students.

Step 9. Get Assistance

Review this page to find out more information about programs, resources, and contact information for individuals who can assist in finding resources to help you succeed and stay motivated as a student. This page also includes a list of tips that will help you get ready for your class, organize your studies and stay motivated to complete your degree. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance.

Step 10. Pay Your Tuition

Tuition statements are not mailed out to students, be sure to view your tuition statement in Campus Connection early in the semester.  To avoid late fees, pay your tuition or make payment arrangements as early as possible.  Generally, tuition is due in the first month of school but check campus dates and deadlines for exact dates each semester. Tuition may be paid on campus at the One Stop office in the Memorial Union or online through Campus Connection.

Step 11. Complete Your Class or Degree

Find information on completing your classes, graduation, and commencement ceremonies.