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Student Orientation

Orientation is the first step toward a smooth start whether you are a first-year student, transfer student, or family member of a student. Orientation will provide the information you need about academics, finances, campus services, and student life. Students will meet other students, an academic adviser, and register for courses. 

Family members are invited to attend Orientation with their student. The knowledge gained will help family members support their new student. Family members are encouraged to check out NDSU Family Programs to stay well-informed and connected beyond Orientation.


"Everyone was so kind and helpful and able to answer questions. The welcoming and understanding environment that they gave us made me even more excited to start school in the fall." -  first-year student

"Getting to talk to others attending NDSU and feeling I had access to people who could help guide me throughout my time at NDSU was the best thing about orientation." - first-year student

"Everyone was very helpful from the College staff to the students helping" - transfer student

"We had a wonderful experience. Everything was very organized, staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful, and the student leaders were positive and professional. Could not have gone better!! We are so excited to have our daughter attend NDSU!" - family member

"The upbeat helpful staff and info made my student & I feel confident in our decision to go to NDSU.  We both felt like we really are a part of the Bison family after orientation" - family member

"There were people escorting you to whatever you needed and walking you through each step. It was so easy and everything went very smoothly" - transfer student

Orientation Goals

Orientation Programming is intentionally designed to help students and their family members

  • Strengthen their sense of affinity to NDSU
  • Increase their knowledge of academic expectations and processes
  • Increase their understanding of financial processes, obligations, and options
  • Increase their knowledge of NDSU resources, including faculty, staff, programs, services, and the campus

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