First-Year Student Orientation
Orientation at NDSU will acquaint you with the campus and give you an opportunity to discuss the many facets of university life in small-group discussions. Information on academic requirements, course offerings, financial aid, campus activities and more will be offered. You will also attend a planning session with an academic adviser, who will answer your questions so that you can register for your fall courses while you are here.
Family members are invited to attend the orientation program as well, as they will play a crucial role in the success of the student. We have an orientation program designed to familiarize the adults in your life with NDSU and its many resources. They will learn about what to expect during your college years and how they fit into the picture. Most family orientation programming is separate from the student program. Please note that there is not programming for small children.
In collaboration with the campus community, new student programs provide services and assistance to aid new students to aid new students and their families in the transition to NDSU and support students in their academic and social integration into the life of the University.
Orientation Learning Outcomes
The new student orientation program is intended to address the following service and learning outcomes.
- Students will strengthen their sense of affinity to NDSU
- Students will increase their knowledge of academic expectations and processes
- Students will increase their understanding of financial processes, obligations, and options
- Students will increase their knowledge of NDSU resources, including faculty, staff, programs, services, and the campus
What Students Say About Orientation
"It helped me feel more comfortable about attending NDSU. It helped me know what the expectations are and what college life is going to be like."
- Student orientation participant