Fall 2024 First-Year Students - Prepare for Class Registration

The pre-registration steps below are for first-year students starting classes in the 2024 fall semester.  If you will start classes in the 2024 summer semester, follow the steps listed on the summer 2024 first-year student webpage.

Pre-Registration Steps

All incoming students must complete pre-registration steps 1-3 before making a class registration appointment.    

Step 1: Complete the You Belong Here Online Orientation
Step 2: Complete the Math Placement Survey
Step 3: Complete the English Placement Survey

What's Next?

Two business days after you complete all three pre-registration steps above, you will receive an invitation to schedule a class registration appointment with an academic advisor and to make a required on-campus Orientation reservation.  Be sure to complete all three tasks.

Schedule a Class Registration Appointment
Make an Orientation Reservation (Orientation is required for first-year students)
Send Documents

Pre-Registration Steps

Pre-Registration Step 1:
Complete the You Belong Here Online Orientation

The You Belong Here online orientation provides foundational information that will answer many questions about the NDSU community, student life, finances, academics, and more. 

  • Completion is estimated to take one hour, and you may stop and return as often as you wish
  • You must select the Student Login option and use your Bison Login 
  • You must submit the Completion Survey at the end of You Belong Here
  • Your family and friends may also complete You Belong Here by using the guest login option. This will help them be well-informed and involved in supporting your success. 
Pre-Registration Step 2:
Complete the Math Placement Survey

The NDSU math placement survey determines which math course best matches your previous academic experiences.  All students must complete the survey even if they have math transfer credit.

  • The estimated completion time is 2 minutes
  • Use your Bison Login to access the survey
  • The survey does not replace official transcripts.  You will still need to send your final high school transcript to NDSU along with any transcripts from colleges that awarded your college level credit (if applicable).
Pre-Registration Step 3:
Complete the English Placement Survey

The NDSU English placement survey determines which English course best matches your previous academic experiences.  All students must complete the survey even if they have English transfer credit.

  • The estimated completion time is 10 minutes
  • Use your Bison Login to access the survey
  • The survey does not replace official transcripts.  You will still need to send your final high school transcript to NDSU along with any transcripts from colleges that awarded your college-level credit (if applicable).

What's Next?

Schedule a Class Registration Appointment with an Academic Advisor

An academic advisor will meet with you online to answer questions, provide class recommendations, and guide you through registration. 

  • Instructions for scheduling an appointment will be sent to your email two business days after you complete steps 1-3 above
  • Resolve any enrollment holds you might have  
  • Please contact ndsu.admission@ndsu.edu with questions.
Have your changed your major?
  • If you wish to change your major from the one you listed on your application to NDSU, update us at ndsu.apply@ndsu.edu or (800) 488-6378.  Please include your seven-digit NDSU ID in communications, which can be found in your admission letter.
Make an Orientation Reservation

First-year students are required to attend an on-campus Orientation.  If you will complete your degree completely online, you are not required to attend on-campus Orientation. 

  • Instructions for making a reservation will be sent to your email two business days after you complete steps 1-3 above
  • We encourage students to register in classes prior to Orientation.  However, if you haven't met with an academic advisor to register by your Orientation date, you will register during Orientation. 
  • If you live more than 300 miles from Fargo, you may request an exemption to the on-campus Orientation requirement. 
  • Please contact ndsu.admission@ndsu.edu with questions.
Send Documents
Send Official Transcripts
  • An official transcript from each college must be sent for all PSEO, dual credit, and CIS coursework by July 31. Your high school transcript will not be used for any college courses. You are encouraged to send official college transcripts prior to your appointment with an academic advisor, to assist with advising and registration. If you choose to wait to send official transcripts until after you have completed all courses, you should be prepared to show your academic advisor an unofficial transcript or log into your student account during your advising session. 
  • Upon graduation, have your high school send an official transcript showing all final grades and your graduation date
  • Learn how to send your official documents to NDSU.
Send ACT or SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) Scores
  • If you have ACT, SAT, or Advanced Placement (AP) scores, please request the scores are sent from College Board to the NDSU Office of Registration and Records.
  • Learn how to send your official documents to NDSU​​​​​​​.
 
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