Welcome to NDSU! Our priority is to support and prepare you for a successful transition to the university. Two essential steps are attending Orientation and registering for classes. There are two parts of Orientation, and we encourage you to complete both.
Please note that these orientations are designed for new undergraduate students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. If you are an international student, there is a unique orientation for you that is provided by the International Student and Study Abroad office.
Orientation modules are completed independently online and are recommended before registering for classes. The modules include a survey, math placement test and English placement survey, and this information will help inform an Academic Advisor about the best classes for you. The modules also include important information about academics, finances, campus resources, health and safety. Access the Orientation modules by logging into Blackboard with your North Dakota System Account. Click on Courses and then Online Orientation.
Virtual orientation will be held via Zoom. You will learn about campus housing or commuter student services, meet other students, and learn about your academic college. There are also orientation meetings designed especially for family members of new students. They will also learn about your academic college, residence life or commuter student services, and will have a choice of several breakout meetings on topics like career development, course materials, computers, and supplies, or student health services.
- Friday, April 23; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 15; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 23; 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, July 15; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- August 20; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Contact an Academic Advisor for your major to receive advising for course selections. Once advised, you may register for classes on or after your registration appointment time. Instructions for registering for classes are included in the Orientation modules and will be emailed to you.
New Student Checklist
A comprehensive list of things to do to prepare for your first semester is available here.