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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why is Orientation important?

Students will feel more comfortable about attending NDSU after meeting faculty, other students and getting to know our campus and its services. Research tells us that students who attend Orientation tend to have a more positive first-year experience than students who do not attend Orientation.


Q: What is the family Orientation fee for?

Orientation costs for new students are covered by the New Student Fee; however, the family Orientation fee covers the processing of the reservation, staffing, mailings, printing, packet information, and food.


Q: I can't come to any of the summer Orientation sessions. What should I do?

Freshman students are encouraged to attend Orientation in order to register for classes. There are many dates to choose from, and the last date is right before fall semester begins on August 17.  If you can not attend any of the dates, please contact the Student Success Programs office at (701) 231-8379 or (800) 488-6378 extension #2.


Q: I did not receive an Orientation invitation.

Orientation invitations are sent to all admitted students. If you have been admitted and have not received an invitation in the mail, please call our office at (701) 231-8379 or (800) 488-6378 extension #2 to verify your address.


Q: I sent my reservation in a few days/weeks ago. I haven't received my confirmation.

Please call Student Success Programs at (800) 488-6378 extension #2. After receiving your information, we'll email you a confirmation within 5 business days.


Q: Are parents/families required to come to Orientation?

Parents are not required to attend Orientation. About 3/4 of the participants do bring family members. Orientation will help family members understand what their student will experience at NDSU. It will also help them understand the changes that may occur in their own lives and will give them familiarity with NDSU's campus and services.  Please note there is no programming for children.


Q: What is Campus Connection?

Campus Connection is the system used to register for courses, change your course schedule, access your study (class) list, view the course catalog and schedule of classes, your account information, financial aid information, holds, unofficial transcripts, contact information, and more.


Q: What is my N.D. University System Account ID and Password?

Your N.D. University System Account ID and password allows you access to Campus Connection, to register and accept financial aid & scholarships, purchase parking permits, view account balances and more.

Instructions are available for claiming your N.D. University System Account ID and Password and click "Step 1." Contact the NDUS Help Desk at (866) 457-6387 or if questions arise.


Q: What is my Electronic ID and Password at NDSU?

Your electronic ID and password will grant you access to systems like Blackboard, the computer clusters on campus, and your NDSU email account address. Each of these will use the same Electronic ID and Password. Contact NDSU ITS Help Desk at 701-231-8685 or if questions arise.

Instructions are available for activating your Electronic ID and Password and click "Step 2." This Electronic ID will usually take on the FirstName.LastName format.


Q: What if I can't get my classes?

You do have flexibility in the order of your curriculum. Most often it is the time of day that is unavailable rather than the entire course. In the instances where the course is unavailable, advisers and staff members will assist you in selecting another appropriate course or place you on a waiting list. Most students leave Orientation with a full schedule, especially if they are flexible and willing to take courses at a variety of times throughout the day. Advisers and staff members will help you with the process of class selection.


Q: Do I have to take the Math Placement Test?

Initial math placement is determined by math ACT sub-test scores. Students with a math ACT sub-test score of 21 or greater are required to take the Math Placement Test for more accurate placement. The Math Placement Test should be taken prior to your orientation session. Students with a math ACT sub-test score of 20 or lower will be placed into Math 98. For further questions, please call NDSU One Stop at (866) 924-8969.


Q: What if I have a documented disability and need accommodations for the test?

Students requesting accommodations based on disability should contact NDSU Disability Services regarding the process.  Application and eligibility details can be found at Disability Services or calling (701) 231-8463.  It can take up to two weeks to process accommodation requests with proper documentation.  Please note that exams taken without accommodations will count as valid attempts.

Q: What if I have Post Secondary Education Opportunity/Dual Credit?

All students with PSEO credits are expected to attend Orientation.  Those with 24 or more Post Secondary credits will be invited to Scholars Orientation if they have sent an official transcript to NDSU by February.  

Transfer students (not PSEO credit) will register according to their classification.


Q: I am a Student Older Than Average (SOTA). What session should I attend?

Students who are 25 years or older are encouraged to attend any of the Transfer Orientation sessions.


Q: I am a new freshman beginning in the summer session. When do I register?

Information will be mailed to you regarding sign up for Orientation to get registered for your summer courses. Sessions are generally held during the Spring semester.

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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
Campus address: West Dining Center Lower Level
Physical/delivery address: 1340 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2838 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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