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Free Tutoring and Quiet Study at ACE

Betsy Carter
ACE Learning Services Coordinator | 701-231-5554

A recent study of NDSU undergraduate students showed that a majority of students use tutoring or other academic services at least once a month. In fact, ACE Tutoring and Quiet Study Center at NDSU received nearly 40,000 visits during the 2016-2017 school year. As expected, an increase in GPA is also associated with motivated students who regularly visit the tutoring center.

ACE is an internationally certified academic support program available to all enrolled NDSU undergraduate students. The tutoring center specializes in providing support for students in 100 and 200 level courses in subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics and many more. Drop-in tutoring at ACE requires no reservations or appointments; rather, students seeking tutoring simply need to check when a tutor is available for their class via the online schedule. Students are encouraged to use the drop-in center as long and as frequently as they would like. ACE tutors are fellow undergraduate peers who have previously excelled in the class, are in good academic standing, and have received positive recommendations from their professors. 

Other forms of tutoring are also available. Students can request to be in small group tutoring, which consists of a tutor and no more than five students who meet 50 minutes each week to go over any questions they have or review course notes. Additionally, online tutoring through Smarthinking is available for a number of NDSU courses. Each NDSU student receives 5 free hours each semester to utilize the online tutoring platform.

ACE also has a variety of quiet study areas for students who need an individual study room or a larger group room to study for an exam or work on a project with peers. ACE is proud to offer a computer lab, a dark/low distraction room, and a kinesthetic study room for students who may want to incorporate movement into their learning. Use of these rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Being prepared is the best way to have a successful tutoring session. Students are encouraged to bring their textbooks and notes and should come with specific questions for the tutors. It is not the ACE tutors job to “give answers” to the students, but instead they will help the student better learn the concepts being covered in their courses. By taking this approach, students can leave ACE confident in their knowledge of the material and can be ready to excel on the next exam or homework assignment.

If your student wants to use ACE:

Cost: None

Location: Lower Level of the West Dining Center

Hours: Sunday: 7:00-10:00 pm; Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm; Fridays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NDSU Research

Jeremy Penn, Ph.D
Director of Assessment | 701-231-5210

Two monumental things occurred in 1992: Wayne's World (the movie) was released, and I entered high school. In my freshman year, I certainly felt most like Garth (played by Dana Carvey) – a bit of an oddball who wasn't sure he belonged. But by the time I was senior, I felt more like Benjamin Kane (played by Rob Lowe) - a big shot who owned the school, minus the evilness, of course. I had been the drum major for the marching band, was involved in numerous activities, and even received the “John Phillip Sousa” award as my high school’s outstanding band member. This, I thought, will make me stand out as I transition and will get me recognized and allow me to make important contributions to my new college. My college will be a better place because I went there. During my first week at college I took a quick poll with some fellow band members on the way to lunch. Six out of the ten had received the same “John Phillip Sousa” award I thought had made me exceptional! Wow. Do I really belong here? Would anyone notice if sat in my room all day, playing video games and eating Cheetos? Do I matter at all to this college?

Mattering, or the feeling that one makes a difference, belongs, and is significant to others, is a critical human need and is particularly important during times of transition, such as the transition from high school to college. It is positively related to self-esteem, a belief in one’s ability to be academically successful, and the ability to actively seek out appropriate help for problems. Students who do not feel like they matter may feel trivialized, alienated, or marginalized, and may be more likely to leave NDSU without earning a degree.

In research we have conducted with NDSU students we have found most of our new students feel they mattered to the NDSU community (66%). More importantly, we found this sense of mattering to the NDSU community can change! So if your student is in the 34% who doesn’t feel like they matter or isn’t sure if they matter to the NDSU community, don’t panic – our research showed some strategies that might help:

  1. Get involved in something. Anything. For example, we found students who used the Wellness Center – whether it was to take a dip in the pool or join a pick-up basketball game - had a higher sense of mattering than those who did not. We found the same for students who had participated in Welcome Week, or who were socially connected to their Residence Hall, or to a student organization. It did not seem to make much difference where students were involved, just that they were. Whether it is exploring a passion or trying something new, there is a place for your student to get involved. Students who are not sure how to get involved can start their search on MyNDSU: 
  2. Learn names and smile. Encourage your student to introduce himself or herself to faculty members and instructors and to visit them during office hours, form or join a study group, or try eating lunch with someone new. One of the special things about NDSU is how many faculty and staff members love getting to know students and go above and beyond in their efforts to support our students.
  3. If you need help, ask. We are here to support your students and will do all that we can to see that they know how much they matter to us. The transition to college wasn’t always easy for me, but getting involved, reaching out to others, and seeking help when I needed it helped me develop into a successful student. 


Spring 2018 Registration

Registration for the spring 2018 semester is underway! Students with past due account balances are not allowed to register for the upcoming semester, however, there are options available.

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – If you have not already done so, complete this application to request federal financial aid in the form of loans and/or grants. You must be degree seeking and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). To apply, visit
  • Private Loans – Non-federal, interest-bearing loans through private lenders (e.g. banks). A co-signer with a good credit rating may be required to apply. For more information on Private Loans and to apply, visit
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor – Financial Aid Counselors are available to answer any questions you may have and to help you determine what additional resources may be available. To schedule a personal appointment, please contact One Stop by phone 701.231.6200 or 1-866-924-8969 (toll free) or by email

Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA)

When registering for classes, all students are required to electronically sign the Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA). We strongly encourage students and their families to read this document in its entirety and follow up if they should have any questions.

FOA Highlights:

  • Timely payment, due dates, and late payment fees
  • Financial responsibility and collection practices
  • Attendance/participation and dropping/withdrawing
  • Future registration
  • Release of transcripts and diplomas

Payment Plan

For students that wish to have additional flexibility in making their tuition payment, NDSU offers a payment plan. Enrollment for the Spring semester will begin in mid-December and ends in late-January.

Payment Plan Highlights:

  • Account must be current (i.e. no past due balances) in order to enroll
  • $30 enrollment fee and minimum $250 down payment
  • The payment plan divides your charges into three payments, due in February, March, and April. If payment is made by the due date(s), no late payment fees will be placed on account.

Additional information regarding the payment plan may be found at:

Registration Appointments for Spring 2018

Registration for Spring 2018 classes begins Monday, October 30. Appointment times are assigned based on classification and total credits earned.

Students may register anytime on or after their appointment start date. Your student can find their appointment date via their Campus Connection account. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for spring courses. They will be able to find their advisor’s name and contact information via Campus Connection.

If your student has questions about how to view their advisor contact information and their registration appointment time, please visit: 



Student ClassificationAppointment DatesStart Time
Seniors (90+ credits)October 30-November 1                 8:00 am, Monday
Juniors (60-89 credits)November 2-78:00 am, Thursday
Sophomores (27-59 credits)              November 8-138:00 am, Wednesday
Freshman (0-26 credits)November 14-178:00 am, Tuesday
Open EnrollmentNovember 2012:00 am, Monday

Homecoming 2017 Wrap-Up

Friday, September 29

NDSU President Dean Bresciani's State of the University Address

Churchill Hall re-dedication ceremony


Friday, September 29

Homecoming parade in downtown Fargo.


Saturday, September 30

NDSU Homecoming 5k Run/Walk for Scholarships


Saturday, September 30

Homecoming football game against Missouri State

NDSU beats Missouri State 38-11!

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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Orientation and Student Success
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8379 or Toll free: +1 (800) 488-NDSU menu option 2 / Fax: (701) 231-6253
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