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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is orientation important?
Students will feel more comfortable about attending NDSU after learning important information about academics, finances, campus resources, and more from the online orientation modules.  Likewise, meeting other new students, returning student leaders, faculty, and staff will help answer critical questions, make connections, and generally be more prepared for their time at NDSU.  Research tells us that students who complete Orientation tend to have a more positive transition to NDSU than students who do not complete Orientation.

Q:  How do I access the online orientation modules?
Every new student has access to the online orientation modules through Blackboard.  Log in here using your N.D. University System account.  Once you are logged in, click on Courses and then NDSU Online Orientation.

Q:  How do I make a reservation for a virtual orientation?
Log into your admitted student portal using the username and password you used when you applied to NDSU.  Once you are logged in, click on the Orientation tab and then the events calendar at the bottom of the page.  Click on the date you want, and complete the registration form. 

Q: I did not receive a virtual orientation invitation.
Orientation invitations are sent to all admitted students to their home address, and email invitations are sent to the email provided when they applied to NDSU. If you have been admitted and have not received an invitation in the mail, your admission packet, or your email address, please call our office at (701) 231-8379 or (800) 488-6378 extension #2 to verify your address.

Q: I submitted my virtual orientation reservation but haven't received my confirmation.
Reservation confirmations are sent one day after the reservation is made.  If you did not receive one within this time frame, please call Student Success Programs at (800) 488-6378 extension #2. 

Q: Are parents/families required to attend a virtual orientation?
Parents are not required to attend virtual orientation. There are virtual orientation sessions designed just for family members that will help them understand what their student will experience at NDSU and make them more familiar with NDSU's resources. 

Q: How long will virtual orientation be?
Each virtual orientation is three hours from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A full schedule with meeting links will be sent to students via email several days before their scheduled virtual orientation.

Q: Will I have an Orientation Leader?
Yes!  You will meet an Orientation Leader during your virtual orientation.  They will facilitate a session that will help you connect with other new students and will be available to answer your questions. 

Q: How will I meet new students?
During virtual orientation, students will meet with others who will live in the same residence hall or other commuter students.   They will also meet in a group led by an Orientation Leader  Check out myNDSU to look for student organizations that interest you and events that happen on campus.

Q: What if I don't have access to participate in Virtual Orientation (i.e. computer/laptop/tablet, internet access)?
Please contact Student Success Programs at (701) 231-8379 or (800) 488-6378 extension #2.

Q: Is there a checklist of things that new students must complete?
Yes!  We provide a checklist for all incoming students.

Q: What is Campus Connection?
Campus Connection is the system used to register for courses, change your course schedule, access your study (class) list, view the course catalog and schedule of classes, your account information, financial aid information, holds, unofficial transcripts, contact information, purchase parking permits, sign up for housing and dining plans, and more.

Q: What is my N.D. University System Account ID and Password?
Your N.D. University System Account ID and password allows you access to Campus Connection.  It is also used to access the learning management platform Blackboard, which is where students will take the NDSU Math Placement Test.  The N.D. University System Account is also used to log into your NDSU email account.  Instructions are available for claiming your N.D. University System Account ID and Password.  Contact the NDUS Help Desk at (866) 457-6387 or if questions arise.

Q: What is my Electronic ID and Password at NDSU?
Your electronic ID and password will grant you access to computer labs on campus, library services, the scholarship application, wireless network, and Navigate. Contact NDSU ITS Help Desk at 701-231-8685 or if questions arise.  Instructions are available for activating your Electronic ID and Password

Q: What if I can't get my classes?
You do have flexibility in the order of your curriculum. Most often it is the time of day that is unavailable rather than the entire course. In the instances where the course is unavailable, you can join the wait list for a closed course and/or an academic advisor can assist you in selecting another appropriate course. 

Q: Do I have to take the Math Placement Test?
At NDSU, initial math placement is based on students' ACT or SAT math sub-test scores, if available.  Two levels of initial math placement are possible, Math 98 (Intermediate Algebra) or Math 103 (College Algebra).  Regardless of initial placement, it is required that all incoming students take the NDSU Math Placement Test to challenge their initial placement.  This way, students can be assured that they will be placed in the highest possible math course matching their mathematical ability and/or be able to enroll in courses that have a math co-requisite.  This will allow students to move through their academic programs in good time.  The test should be taken at least a week prior to your virtual orientation session.  For further questions, please learn about placement procedures or call NDSU One Stop at (866) 924-8969.  For those ready to take the NDSU Math Placement Test, please read and follow the instructions.

Q: What if I have a documented disability and need accommodations for the Math Placement Test?
Students requesting accommodations based on disability should contact NDSU Disability Services regarding the process.  Application and eligibility details can be found at Disability Services or calling (701) 231-8463.  It can take up to two weeks to process accommodation requests with proper documentation.  Please note that exams taken without accommodations will count as valid attempts.

Q: I am a new freshman beginning spring semester. When do I register?
You will meet with an Academic Advisor during the virtual orientation and learn what courses are recommended for you.  Be sure to have the orientation modules completed at least three business days before your virtual orientation date.

Q:  I am a new transfer student beginning spring semester.  When do I register?
Each transfer student has a registration appointment time that is listed in Campus Connection.  You may register on or after this date, but you should speak to an Academic Advisor prior to registering for courses. Information about registering for courses is provided in the online orientation module on academics and additional resources are available here. If you attend virtual orientation, you may also register at that time with the guidance of an Academic Advisor.

Q:  How is NDSU responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
NDSU has made changes in many areas to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Best practices and advice from state and federal public health agencies have provided guidance.  Learn about different measures taken at

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