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Club NDSU picture sponsored by the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program
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A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting Students

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs is a well-documented barrier to student success. In fact, we feel alcohol and drug misuse is the most unnecessary barrier to a student's ability to succeed. In response, a whole host of strategic efforts have been set into place through NDSU's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention (AODA Prevention) program and President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (President's Council) to address alcohol and drug misuse on our campus and in our community. You can read about the detailed history of these efforts in the 2016 Biennial Review. In a nutshell, these prevention efforts, in support of the academic mission of the University, seek a campus culture and environment where low-risk decisions about alcohol and drug use are enabled, encouraged, and the "norm." And we're pleased to share that considerable progress has been made.

It's a marathon, not a sprint

Since 2001, the binge drinking rate among NDSU students has gradually gone down, though certain alcohol and marijuana use rates remain somewhat persistent. Nonetheless, because we focus on harm-reduction, we are encouraged by the dramatic declines in the rate of students experiencing certain negative consequences such as the percentage of students reporting that they drove a vehicle after drinking, missed a class, or got into an argument/fight because of drinking or drug use. We see this as positive steps towards reducing alcohol and drug misuse, but clearly there is more work to be done. These changes take time, and the NDSU President's Council is committed to seeing this mission and vision through. For more information about this and results from the campus-wide student survey administered every other year, please see the AODA Prevention website.

So how does this involve parents and families?

Over the past decade, the President's Council has sought to set the stage, so-to-speak, for a culture where low-risk decisions about alcohol and drug use are the "norm." This involves education, certainly, but also, perhaps for importantly, focuses on environmental factors such as the policies, resources, and messages that students encounter throughout their experience at NDSU. Parents and family members are key partners in supporting these efforts. Specifically, your messages to students also help set the stage for their attitudes and own expectations about the place alcohol and drug use has in college student's life. 70% of NDSU's students report that their parents have talked to them about expectations regarding alcohol use and that their parents' expectations regarding alcohol use is an effective way for them to limit their own use, know that your messages matter. We encourage you to regularly have open conversations about alcohol and other drug choices with your student. Be familiar with the resources available to students at NDSU should they have questions or need help. And reach out to us at any time as well. We'd love to hear your questions or feedback.

Please contact the program coordinator, Nick Redenius, at or visit the NDSU Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention website at

Thank you for partnering with us to support the personal, academic, and professional potential of our NDSU students. Your involvement is vital to our prevention program and the student-focus, land-grant, research mission at NDSU.

NDSU Counseling Center is Here to Help your Student

NDSU Counseling Center is here to help your student. College students today face a wide variety of stressful situations, from adjusting to being away from home, to doing well in school while needing to work to pay for school. For some students, these stressful situations will lead to a diagnosable mental health disorder, such as generalized anxiety or depression. Other students will find themselves dealing with feelings of anxiety and low mood, feelings that make life more difficult, but are not at a diagnosable level. In either case, these feelings can interfere with a student’s ability to be successful in school.

The NDSU Counseling Center, 212 Ceres Hall, is here to help students deal with these types of situations, helping them to feel better, learn healthy coping skills, and learn strong study skills. The Center offers a variety of free counseling opportunities for NDSU students. Students can participate in individual, couples, and group counseling; focusing on concerns from personal-emotional issues to academic skills concerns. Center staff members also teach a study skills course each semester. At various times of the year, workshops are available on topics related to meditation, mindfulness, students in recovery, and study skills. The Center works closely with the NDSU Student Health Service in coordinating care related to mental health-related medication usage.

Students are invited to take part in the Center’s three newest programs: DeStress in the Dirt, Pawsitive Relaxation, and Crafty Care Workshops. During the fall semester, DeStress in the Dirt will give students a chance to relax by creating a terrarium, while also receiving additional information about how to manage day-to-day stress. Students will leave the event with something new and alive to brighten-up their living spaces. Refreshments will be served and all of this is free for the first eight students to register for each event. DeStress in the Dirt will be held from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on the following dates (all Thursdays): September 6 & 27, October 11 & 15, and November 8 & 29. 

Pawsitive Relaxation gives NDSU students an opportunity to reduce their stress for an hour by hanging out with one of the Center’s registered therapy dogs, while also receiving information about ways to manage stress. For fall 2018, the group meets monthly on the following dates: September 21, October 19, November 2, and December 7, and is open to any NDSU student.

Crafty Care workshops will feature a fun assortment of craft projects to help relieve stress and will meet on the following dates (Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.): September 19, October 10, November 14, and December 5.

Your student can register for any of these programs by calling the Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.

If you and your student are unsure about how serious their concerns might be, your student is invited to complete our anonymous on-line stress and depression assessment. The assessment can be taken at the following address: welcome.cfm?access=website. Once completed, the results will be sent to a Center counselor and the counselor will “dialogue” anonymously through a confidential web site with the student about the results. The counselor will offer suggestions about how the student can deal with any concerns that are highlighted by the assessment and will invite the student to make an appointment at the Center if appropriate.

For more information about the Center, checkout the Center’s web site at To schedule an appointment, call (701) 231-7671. The Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

STEPS to Success

What behaviors and attitudes lead to success at NDSU? In 2016, NDSU students participated in a campus wide survey to uncover just that! Using these survey results, the STEPS to Success campaign helps NDSU students learn what it takes to excel in college. By reviewing the messages below, students can challenge themselves to develop new and successful student habits.

  • 9 of 10 NDSU students say academic success mainly depends on good study habits and hard work
  • 9 of 10 NDSU students use a personal calendar to prioritize their academic work
  • A majority of students check their NDSU email and Blackboard at least 18 times per week
  • NDSU students spend an average of 13 to 16 hours a week preparing for class
  • A majority of students use tutoring or other academic services at least once a month
  • 19 of 20 NDSU students meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester
  • 4 of 5 students believe it's important to register for and complete 15 credits a semester
  • 4 of 5 students believe it's important to approach college as a full-time job
  • 4 of 5 students report attending class at least 90 percent of the time
  • A majority of students finish their homework before class at least 90 percent of the time
  • 4 of 5 students meet with faculty at least once a semester to work on special projects, conduct research, or get help on coursework
  • A majority of NDSU students start studying at least three days before an exam
  • 9 of 10 students are committed to earning a degree at NDSU
  • 3 of 4 students participate in organized clubs or student groups during a typical week

To learn more about STEPS to Success, visit

For students looking for resources on study skills, the NDSU Counseling Center and ACE Tutoring have collaborated in order to host several academic workshops across the fall semester. Sessions are spread throughout the semester and we hope that the sessions are both informative and interactive. To reserve a spot, contact 

Test Techniques and Anxiety: Learn specific-test taking strategies and exam preparation skills to improve test performance. We will also discuss ways to manage the stress and anxiety associated with studying and test-taking.

October 9: 3:00-4:00 pm   November 7: 5:00-6:00 pm          December 4: 4:00-5:00 pm 


Procrastination: Learn about common types of procrastination, how to identify which types fit you, and how to combat them. Strategies for increasing motivation will also be discussed.

November 28: 4:00-5:00 pm

NDSU's Gender and Sexual Diversity Programs

The mission of Gender and Sexual Diversity at North Dakota State University is to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff by providing programming that reduces homophobia and gender identity oppression. We collaborate with campus departments, student organizations, university administration, and community groups to advocate for the needs and concerns of LGBTQ students. The Gender and Sexual Diversity Resource Center is located in the Memorial Union, Gunkelman Room 122.

We offer awareness and education programs for Coming Out Month in October and Transgender Day of Remembrance in November. The Gender and Sexual Diversity Program offers Safe Zone Ally Training. The three levels of training include: Becoming an Ally; Gender Identity/Expression; Becoming an Upstander.

The full list of events and training dates can be found online at 

In light of recent discussions of LGBTQ+ education disparities in the United States, NDSU, Ten Percent Society at UND, North Dakota State College of Science, Mayville State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be holding the second annual Great Plains Affirming Campus Conference (GPACC) on October 28, 2017 at Mayville State University. The purpose of GPACC is to address issues related to campus inclusion of LGBTQ+ students by gathering LGBTQ+ individuals from our area for advocacy training and education, provide a safe space for networking, celebrating our LGBTQ+ diversity, networking for professionals, and to educate the larger campus community of LGBTQ+ issues.

Feel free to contact Gender and Sexual Diversity Programs for more information:

Phone: 701-231-5263 | Email:

NDSU University Police LGBT Liaison:

Phone: 701-231-8998 | Email:

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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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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2838 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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