Congratulations on Your Admission

Carefully read all of the sections below about preparing for your arrival on-campus. This information will be updated between now and orientation, so please return to this page often to check for updates.

Before You Arrive

Pre-arrival Online Modules

In addition to the in-person orientation on August 22nd, you are also required to complete the pre-arrival online modules. These modules will provide useful information as you plan your arrival in Fargo and NDSU.

How to access the modules:



    Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22nd. All new international students are REQUIRED to attend orientation. You should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 21st or before to get settled into your housing before orientation.


    Ballroom B, Memorial Union Upper Level

    8:00 AMCheck-in and Breakfast
    9:00 AMWelcome
    10:00 AMBreakout Session A: Connect with Student OrganizationsBreakout Session B: Health and Wellness
    11:00 AMStudent Panel
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:00 PMResource Fair
    2:00 PMBreakout Session C: Course EnrollmentBreakout Session D: Working on Campus
    3:00 PMConclusion


    First Day of Classes

    Fall 2024 classes begin Monday, August 26th at 4pm.

    Click this link for other important dates & deadlines.

    Planning your Travel

    Fargo Airport

    Students can arrive at Hector International Airport in Fargo: (Airport code: FAR)

    You will NOT go through Customs at the Fargo airport upon leaving the plane. You will go through Customs at your first port of entry to the United States. The Fargo airport is not large, so once you depart your plane, the baggage claim is only a minute or two away.


    Before you depart for Fargo, please watch the weather forecast for your arrival date and dress appropriately.

    If you are arriving in the summer or early fall, the weather can be warm and pleasant, or very hot. Fall can also be cool, so a light jacket is recommended. 

    If you are arriving in winter, the weather can be very cold with snow, so be prepared with a coat/jacket, hat, gloves, and warm shoes.

    Weather Channel: Current 4-day forecast for Fargo, ND (zip code 58102 for North Fargo)

    Nearby Hotels

    If you are arriving before your on-campus housing is available, you may need to stay temporarily in a hotel. Some hotels in Fargo offer complimentary shuttles and/or meals. Shuttle services may include drop-off at NDSU, please ask about this service when booking your hotel. View the following websites for information on hotels options:

    Other Important Information

    Fun things to do in Fargo

    Want to know about fun things to do in Fargo? Check out the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor's Bureau website for events and things to do in the community year-round:

    Meeting New People

    Getting involved on-campus is a GREAT way to meet new people. If you want to reach out to different student organizations at NDSU, you can learn about the student organizations and associations on campus here:


    If you have been admitted and need to apply for on-campus housing, apply here.

    Click here for important academic dates and deadlines for the upcoming semester/academic years: Dates & Deadlines

    NDSU Bookstore & Course Materials

    The NDSU Bookstore is your one-stop-shop for course materials. For more information visit

    NDSU Student Card

    The NDSU Card is required for many of your day-to-day activities at NDSU. When you arrive at NDSU, you will receive your ID at the NDSU Card Center. For more information, check out their website:

    Health Insurance

    All students are required to purchase university approved health insurance. Every year, the health insurance through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources begins August 16th for Fall entry, January 1st for Spring entry, and mid-May for Summer entry. You can find more detailed information on this page.

    Immunization Screening Appointment

    All new international students are required to complete an immunization screening appointment through the NDSU Student Health Service. Click here for more information.


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