Orientation is the first step toward a smooth start whether you are a first-year student, transfer student, or family member of a student. We are committed to helping all incoming students learn important information, make connections, and feel prepared to begin their NDSU experience.
New students who will start classes during spring semester are invited to Orientation on Friday, December 3 and Monday, January 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You will learn about academics and finances, have lunch at a dining center, meet with an academic advisor and register for classes, and have the option of touring campus. You will also have a choice of breakout sessions to learn about specific student services.
Family members are also invited to attend! Please note there is no programming for children. Due to space restrictions, family members will not attend class registration with students. While orientation costs for new students are covered by the New Student Fee, there is a guest orientation fee of $15/person.
The orientation reservation form is now closed. Please call 1-800-488-6378 (option 2) if you have questions.
Class registration will happen during New Student Orientation. In order to register for classes, new students must complete the following at least one week before their scheduled New Student Orientation date.
- Take the NDSU Math Placement Test
All new students are required to complete the NDSU Math Placement Test even if you plan to transfer math credit to NDSU. NDSU will always accept your highest placement whether it is determined by your NDSU Math Placement Test scores or by previously earned credits. This is a timed test that should be taken in an environment free of distractions and will take a maximum of 75 minutes. You must log in using your N.D. University System account. It is recommended that you take a practice test. Detailed instructions are availablehere.
- Complete the NDSU English Placement Survey
All new students should complete this survey to provide a full picture of your preparation for college-level writing, reading, and research. There are no “wrong” answers. The estimated completion time is 10-20 minutes. You will use your NDSU electronic ID to access the placement survey.