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What it’s like to visit NDSU, from the student perspective

The best way to learn about NDSU is to visit campus. Here’s what students say about the visits that started their NDSU experiences. 

What was your visit like?

“It felt like my home away from home. I loved the facilities and the people when I went on my tour.It made me happy and had so many new opportunities.” – Alaina Driscoll, freshman majoring in physical education and health, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 

“My visit made NDSU feel like home. I felt welcomed and well-informed by my tour guide.” – Ryan Alstad, junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Albertville, Minnesota 

“The first time I visited I felt a little overwhelmed coming from a small school, but everyone I came into contact with was friendly and welcoming.” – Alec Heesch, junior majoring in biological sciences, Christine, North Dakota 

“Visiting campus confirmed my decision of wanting to continue my education here. NDSU was warm and welcoming. Everyone was so passionate about NDSU that it made me love it 10 times more.” – Mackenzie Weber, freshman majoring in biological sciences (pre-med), Appleton, Wisconsin

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How did you know NDSU was the right choice?

“It felt like home.” – Becca Truax, sophomore majoring in psychology, Kimberly, Wisconsin 

“I felt at home during my tour, and it has everything I was looking for, including major and activities.” – Anna Zamarripa, sophomore majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, Woodbury, Minnesota 

“I knew NDSU was the right campus for me because they are always behind their students 100 percent and I knew it is the support I will want and need when furthering my education to medical school.” – Mackenzie Weber, freshman majoring in biological sciences (pre-med), Appleton, Wisconsin

“My tour was on a hot day in August, and I got to learn more about college life. I also came back in February for a music scholarship audition and was able to sit in with the Wind Symphony and get a lesson with the clarinet professor. That was when everything just clicked and I could see myself as a music student here.” – Lauren Sampson, junior majoring in music and mathematics, Edmore, North Dakota

“I knew NDSU was right for me because after my first tour it just felt comfortable and an easy place to make my home.” – Alec Heesch, junior majoring in biological sciences, Christine, North Dakota 

“I knew I wanted to go to college somewhere close to home, that felt like home. After going on several tours, meeting with an admission counselor and academic adviser, I felt confident in my choice to attend NDSU. The moment that made me really want to go to NDSU was watching the annual spring fashion show put on by the Fashion Apparel Business Organization on campus. After watching that show, I loved the possibility of being able to be a part of it as a student at NDSU.” – Kristin Harrington, junior majoring in apparel, retail merchandising and design, Grandin, North Dakota

“I fell in love with the campus size and atmosphere and I had wonderful set of meetings with faculty. Everyone was so easy to work with and made my admission process a breeze.” – Martin McNichols, third-year professional pharmacy and Master of Public Health student 

“I felt like it was the right college for me when I got to see everything, and I could picture myself fitting in.” – Michelle Nistler, junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Maple Grove, Minnesota

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How did your NDSU visit compare with other schools?

“My visit at NDSU was more engaging than any other college I went to, and I toured six colleges!” – Alaina Driscoll, freshman majoring in physical education and health, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 

“I felt a more ‘home’ feeling at NDSU than I did at other schools, and I really liked having that personal touch.” – Mackenzie Weber, freshman majoring in biological sciences (pre-med), Appleton, Wisconsin

“The tour guides were so happy and upbeat.” – Becca Truax, sophomore majoring in psychology, Kimberly, Wisconsin 

“I felt like I was actually on a college campus and like I was a part of it.” – Michelle Nistler, junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Maple Grove, Minnesota 

“I only toured one other school, and NDSU’s tour just seemed a lot homier. My group was smaller here and the building interiors also looked more up to date.” – Lauren Sampson, junior majoring in music and mathematics, Edmore, North Dakota 

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What would you tell a younger sibling or friend at home?

“NDSU is a place where you can get a great education. You will make friends and have experiences to last a lifetime.” – Ryan Alstad, junior majoring in mechanical engineering, Albertville, Minnesota 

“I have had a great time here and the community feel around here is something special. It makes it a very easy place to call home.” – Alec Heesch, junior majoring in biological sciences, Christine, North Dakota 

“I would tell them that NDSU is like its own little community, so whether you are from a small town or a huge city, you’ll still feel comfortable on campus. Also, the dining center food is really good!” – Lauren Sampson, junior majoring in music and mathematics, Edmore, North Dakota 

“I often talk about the student camaraderie and the great options that Fargo offers. The city totally supports its school and this really is a place to belong.” – Martin McNichols, third-year professional pharmacy and Master of Public Health student 

“I would tell them that we are much more than agriculture. We have so many opportunities and connections that will lead into awesome career paths or future schooling.” – Mandy Bierman, junior majoring in strategic communication, Forest Lake, Minnesota

“To be entirely honest, when I first came to NDSU, I was incredibly nervous that my classes wouldn’t challenge me, and that the city wouldn’t be as dynamic as Minneapolis. But what I constantly tell people is that the community totally changed my perspective. I love Fargo and NDSU. If I had to do it all over again, I’d pick NDSU in a heartbeat.” – Paige Johnson, senior majoring in strategic communication, Ham Lake, Minnesota

“I would recommend it. In fact, my sister is coming here because of it.” – Kylee Schmidt, senior majoring in business administration and hospitality management 

“That I made an amazing choice and being at NDSU I feel so independent to join organizations and excel in them as well as the classroom.” – Celeste Fuentes-Mattson, senior majoring in biological sciences

“Go! You will love it!” – Becca Truax, sophomore majoring in psychology, Kimberly, Wisconsin 

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