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Welcome to NDSU!

Dear Parents and Family Members,

Besides our excitement for North Dakota State University, we share something in common with you. We are parents. We understand the joys and anxiety that accompany the parenting journey. We work together to make sure your student has the support and resources to be successful at NDSU. 

My name is Beth Ingram, and I’ve been the Provost at NDSU for three years. I guide the academic side of campus, including hiring faculty, managing the curriculum, and providing support for our research and teaching mission. I have two daughters who have graduated and moved into careers, but I distinctly remember dropping each of them off at college, unloading the car, and wishing them a bittersweet goodbye. Then, in what seemed a very short time, I watched as they walked across a stage, shook their Presidents’ hands, and graduated from college. It’s a moment I’ll always remember proudly, and it’s a moment that I want for every student who steps onto the NDSU campus.

I am Laura Oster-Aaland, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at NDSU. My oldest son is heading off to college this fall and while I have worked in higher education for twenty years, experiencing it as a parent brings new perspective. I can relate to the mixed emotions you may be experiencing – excitement for him as he meets new people, grapples with new ideas, and finds his identity as a young adult. At the same time, I feel worry and anxiety, hoping that I have taught him the skills he needs to meet the challenges he may face. Mostly, I am marveling at how quickly the time has gone. It seems like yesterday when I dropped him off at kindergarten.

On the first day of classes, we gather the first year students on campus for a class picture and we present them with a graduation tassel. The tassel represents a reminder of their ultimate goal – a degree from NDSU. We ask them to commit to that goal by putting their academic pursuits at the forefront.

NDSU is a place where your son or daughter will find opportunity and support. This monthly newsletter is one way for you to learn about the many avenues for your son or daughter to become involved on campus and access resources. We hope it helps you to guide your son or daughter toward activities that fit their interests and resources that they may need along the way.

We believe that every student has the potential to achieve his or her goals. We look forward to helping them along the way. 


Beth Ingram




Laura Oster-Aaland

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management




Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your student just started the year a few short weeks ago, so I bet you’re thinking, “Great, I don’t have to worry about any of that financial aid stuff for a while.”  Believe it or not, applying for next year’s financial aid starts sooner than you think.  Starting October 1, 2017 families can fill out the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

The early submission date of October 1st, enables NDSU and the Department of Education to make sure all information submitted is correct and accurate before awarding financial aid for the 2018-2019 year. It is important to complete the FAFSA every year as NDSU and the North Dakota state scholarship/grant office uses your FAFSA information to determine your student’s eligibility for state and school aid.  Some private financial aid providers may also use the FAFSA information to determine eligibility for their aid. 

On the FAFSA, students and parents will report income and tax information from the tax year that was two years prior. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, students and their parents will report 2016 income and tax information. This makes the FAFSA easier to complete because you will have already filed your taxes by the time you and your student fill out the FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically retrieve and import your tax information directly from the IRS.  If your student files their own taxes, then they may be able to import their tax information too.

Household information for the 2018-2019 FAFSA is based on the household where the student lived the majority of the time (50% or more) over the last 12 months. If you’re not sure who to include in your FAFSA household, visit for some helpful videos, graphics and additional information. 

For optimum consideration and to ensure the student meets NDSU’s priority funding deadline date, the 2018-2019 FAFSA must be submitted by February 1, 2018. Students planning to attend NDSU for the 2018-2019 academic year who have completed a FAFSA and listed NDSU as their school choice should receive an official award notice in late May of 2018.

For more information on completing the FAFSA and financial aid at NDSU visit

Homecoming Events

North Dakota State University celebrates Homecoming to connect with traditions of the past and strengthen connections for the future. Encourage your student to participate in these great events!

Homecoming 2017 September 25 - September 30


Thursday, September 28

7:30 p.m. Homecoming Show and Coronation, Festival Concert Hall

The show is sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society and Campus Attractions.

Friday, September 29

10:00 a.m. President Dean L. Bresciani’s State of the University Address, Festival Concert Hall: Live streaming video of the event will begin at 9:55 a.m. at

11:30 a.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon, Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC)

5:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, downtown Fargo on Broadway

Saturday, September 30

7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, NDSU main campus. The race will start and end on Centennial Drive in front of the NDSU Wallman Wellness Center. 

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tailgating for the Homecoming football game, Fargodome. All fans are welcome to tailgate.

1 p.m. Kickoff: NDSU Bison vs. Missouri State, Fargodome

To see a full listing of events or get more information about Homecoming, please visit the website at

Welcome Week 2017 Wrap-Up

Welcome Week is designed to ensure that your student has everything that they need to start the year off right. Students had a chance to attend events that enabled them to meet new people and learn more about NDSU's departments and resources. They were led through the weekend's events by their Welcome Week Leader, a current student that volunteers their time to assist the new students in their transition to campus.  

Saturday, August 19

Around 1,500 students came to Club NDSU in the Memorial Union!

Monday, August 21

Over 2,250 students attended the Presidents' Welcome on Churchill Field. A class photo was taken from the roof of the A. Glenn Hill building, followed by remarks from President Dean Bresciani, Provost Beth Ingram, student body president Mason Wenzel, student body vice president Katie Mastel, and Dan Ukkelberg, a student chosen to represent the Class of 2021. Following the welcome, students attended events hosted by their academic college.

Other featured events included:
Green and Yellow Rally                                YOGOWYPI Factor
Welcome Week Group MeetingsRHA Block Party
ActivateUStreet Dance
HypnotistCampus Live: Street Dance After Party
Find Your Voice in the HerdStudent Involvement Expo



Sending Mail to Your Student

When mailing items to your students in the residence halls, it is incredibly important that you are addressing them exactly as instructed on the Residence Life website:


FedEx, UPS, etc:

For example:

Line 1: Student NameSamantha Student
Line 2: Room Number and Hall                  121 Burgum Hall
Line 3: Street Address1333 12th Ave N
Line 4: Fargo, ND 58102Fargo, ND 58102

For example:

Line 1: Student NameSamantha Student
Line 2: Room Number and Hall                  121 Burgum Hall
Line 3: PO Box #PO Box 5348
Line 4: Fargo, ND 58102-4 digit PO Box Number               Fargo, ND 58102-5348

For students who reside in Niskanen Hall, Bison Court East/West Apartments and University Village, the mailing format will be different. Please visit the Residence Life website for more details.

*Addresses for all of the halls can be found at:

When you are sending mail via the US Postal Service, please know that it can take up to a week from the time it arrives at NDSU for it to be placed in your student’s mailbox. Mail from the USPS is first delivered to a site downtown and then sorted and sent to the appropriate campus location. Mail with tracking numbers may be marked as delivered, but in reality it can still take several days to reach the student. If it has been longer than 10 days since your package arrived at NDSU and your student has still not received it, encourage them to ask at the front desk of their hall or approach their hall director to see if they know why there is a delay in delivery.

Packages sent via UPS or FedEx are delivered directly to the residence halls.

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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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