2023 First-Year Student Orientation Dates

First-year students starting classes during summer 2023:

  • Friday, April 21; 9:30 am - 4 pm

First-year students starting classes during fall 2023:

  • Monday, June 12; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, June 13; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 14; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, June 15; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, June 20; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, June 22; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, June 27; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 28; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, June 29; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 30; 8 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, August 1; 8 am - 4 pm

First-year students are required to attend an on-campus Orientation.  You will have the opportunity to make an Orientation reservation after you commit to NDSU.  Please check your email for details.  In April, you will receive additional information about how to prepare for class registration and Orientation.

Prepare for Class Registration

Please complete all steps below by April 14 if you will start classes in summer or by June 1 if starting in fall.


Step 1: Make an On-Campus Orientation Reservation

First-year students are required to attend and on-campus Orientation, and this is when you will register for your first semester for classes.  If you haven't yet made a reservation, check your email for instructions.  Please contact ndsu.orientation@ndsu.edu with questions.

Step 2:  Send Records

  1. Send your official final high school transcript upon graduation to the NDSU Office of Admission.  If you have earned college credit (PSEO, dual credit, CIS), contact each college to request your official transcript(s) to be sent as well. 
  2. If you have ACT or SAT scores and/or Advanced Placement (AP) scores, please send those to the NDSU Office of Admission.
  3. If you change your major, please update us at ndsu.orientation@ndsu.edu or (800) 488-6378 (option 2).

Step 3: Complete the You Belong Here Online Orientation

  • The You Belong Here online orientation is required for all new students before they register for classes.  Completion requires that you submit the post-orientation survey at the end of You Belong Here.
  • Your family and friends may also complete You Belong Here by using the guest login.  This will help them be well-informed and involved in supporting your success. 
  • After you complete You Belong Here, you will receive an email from the Office of Admission confirming your intent to attend NDSU if you have not already committed. 

Step 4: Complete English and Math Placements

English Placement

  • If you will transfer college-level English composition credits to NDSU or if you have ACT or SAT test scores, it is not necessary to complete the NDSU English placement.  If you have neither college-level English composition credits nor ACT or SAT test scores, you should complete the NDSU English placement.

Math Placement

  • Completing the math placement will help ensure you are placed in the appropriate math class for your program.  It is strongly encouraged for all students to complete the math placement, especially if you do not have college-level math transfer credit.  Lack of placement score or college-level math transfer credit may negatively impact your ability to register in math classes or classes with math prerequisites. 

What to Expect at Orientation

Orientation is designed to help you prepare for your first semester at NDSU! Throughout the day, you will:

  • Begin making connections with other new and returning students.
  • If you will live on-campus, you will learn about campus living and amenities and meet Residence Life staff. If you will live off-campus, you will learn about commuter student services and meet with staff.
  • Eat lunch in a dining center.
  • Register for your first semester of classes with the guidance of an Academic Advisor.
  • Learn about finances at NDSU and get your questions answered.
  • Receive your NDSU ID card.
  • Campus tours will be available.
  • Family orientation will happen concurrently with First-Year Student Orientation and will assist your family in helping you make a successful transition to NDSU. Family members and students follow different schedules for the majority of the day, and family members may not be present during class registration due to space constraints. 
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