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Summer Semester Orientation

First-year students planning to start at NDSU in the summer 2018 semester are encouraged to attend orientation on Monday, April 23rd. Orientation will begin at 11:30 am with check-in and conclude around 4:30 pm. Students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about campus resources, finances, academic processes, and students will meet with an adviser and register for courses.  

If you are unable to attend on April 23rd, you will need to complete online orientation. Please note new first-year students must go through an orientation and registration process in order to register for classes. If you are a new first-year student and are unable to attend orientation on April 23rd, please contact Student Success Programs at and a representative will assist you with the online orientation process.

First-Year Students Attending Online Orientation


Printable Version Here: Summer School Orientation Checklist

2018 Online Orientation Checklist

Please complete the following steps:

Prior to Registering for Classes


Register for Online Orientation
Contact Student Success Programs at A representative from Student Success Programs will assist you in getting started with the Online Orientation process.

Claim your N.D. University System Account ID and password Visit to claim your system ID and click "Step 1." Your system ID allows you access to Campus Connection, the system students use to view and accept financial aid awards, register for classes, purchase parking permits, view account balances and more. Students need to have their ID and password in preparation for registration and complete and submit a housing application. Questions with this process should be directed to the North Dakota University System Help Desk at 866-457-6387 or

Activate your electronic ID and password
To activate your electronic ID, go to and click "Step 2." Your electronic ID allows you access to your NDSU email account address, campus computer clusters you'll use during orientation to register for classes, and Blackboard to take the online math placement test if needed. If you have questions, contact the NDSU ITS Help Desk at 701-231-8685 or at

Complete and submit Housing Application
If you are planning to live on campus during the summer, an application is available at If you are planning to live on campus during the academic year (fall and spring semester), an application is available is at

Send final transcripts
Request your High School to send your final transcript which includes your graduation date and signed and dated by a school official to the NDSU Office of Admission, Dept. 5230, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108, along with any completed college course work. A high school transcript with final grades and a graduation date is required upon completion of high school. The deadline to provide final transcripts is August 1.

Send college/university transcripts (if applicable)
If you are a student who earned college credit through dual credit or PSEO (Post-Secondary Education Option), it is imperative you request transcripts be sent to NDSU from the college or university where the credit(s) were earned. High school transcripts are not sufficient to receive transfer credit. Requesting these transcripts well in advance of your orientation date will allow for proper evaluation and application toward degree requirements. Failure to do so will impact your ability to register for some classes. Send your final transcript to: NDSU Office of Admission, Dept. 5230, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND, 58108.

Complete and submit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
If you wish to apply for financial aid visit after January 1.

Submit Immunization Record
Students enrolled at NDSU must provide immunization documentation for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) including two doses after one year of age and proof of immunity against meningococcal disease after age 16. Students who have lived or traveled outside the United States for 30 days or more are asked to contact Student Health Service (SHS) to inquire if a tuberculosis screening is necessary. Documentation must be submitted to SHS prior to the start of classes. For information on your immunization requirements visit: Deadline to turn in immunization record is August 1. For any questions related to immunizations call 701-231-7331 or email turn in your immunization record, follow these steps:

  • Upload to the Student Health PortalLog-in to the Student Health Portal by using your NDSU electronic ID
  • Once you are logged in, click on the upload tab. There will be further instructions on this page on how to finish uploading your records
  • Or Fax your records to: 701-231-6132

Log in to Blackboard 
Instructions on how to log in to Blackboard can be found here: Blackboard Instructions. Click on "My Courses" and select "Online Orientation". Complete the following steps on the Welcome home page.

Take the online math placement test 
If you need additional course work in mathematics and have not successfully completed a college-level algebra, trigonometry or university calculus course, initial math placement is determined by ACT math sub-test scores. Follow the instructions for taking the Math Placement Test. Please ensure that the math placement test is completed prior to you attending orientation.
Placement questions can be directed to NDSU One Stop: or (701) 231-6200 or 1-866-924-8969 (toll free)

Upload your photo for your NDSU ID Card
Submit your photo online for your NDSU ID Card at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled orientation session. All photos are subject to approval. Students not submitting their photo will have one taken at orientation. Student accounts will be charged $20 for the ID card and your ID will be ready to pick up at the end of your orientation day.

Students with disabilities should contact NDSU Disability Services
Call (701) 231-8463 to discuss criteria and procedures for opening a file. Students will need to provide disability documentation from a qualifying professional that includes functional limitations. Visit for more information.

To Register for Classes

  • Follow the instructions given to you during the online orientation video on Blackboard
  • Click the Campus Connection link at the top of the page
  • Before registering for classes, check for any Holds or To Do List items on the right hand side of the Campus Connection home page. You will need to complete these items before registering for classes.
  • Financial Aid Obligation Agreement Hold: click on the Financial Aid Obligation link under the Finances heading on the Campus Connection homepage. By accepting this agreement, you will remove that hold.

After Orientation

  1. Complete Entrance Loan Counseling
    If you will be a first-time borrower of a Perkins loan, you must complete the Perkins Entrance Loan Counseling at
    If you will be a first-time borrower of a federal Direct loan, you must complete the federal Direct Entrance Loan Counseling at

  2. Reserve textbook online at the NDSU Bookstore
    Click on Course Materials --> Order Course Materials. Enter the classes you registered for fall semester and click "Get Course Materials." Reserving your textbooks for the fall semester will be available in mid-July.

  3. Contact your roommate.
    Get contact information via Campus Connection. Click on Self Service --> On-campus Housing --> My Housing.

  4. Purchase parking permit
    If you are taking summer courses, parking permits can be purchased online for $25 and picked up at the Parking Office starting on May 14, 2018. Students can purchase permits for the 2018-19 academic year beginning July 11, 2018. Log on and follow the directions for "Parking Permit Sale." The cost for the 2018-19 academic year parking permit is $185.00 and will be billed to the student's account. Students must be registered for fall classes to be eligible to purchase a permit.

  5. Students with disabilities contact Disability Services
    Students with disabilities should bring class schedule to an appointment with DS staff before or during the first week of classes. Staff will review your accommodation requests and class schedule, discuss accommodation procedures, and complete accommodation paperwork. Call (701) 231-8463 or visit for more information.

  6. Check your NDSU email account regularly
    Important messages from NDSU administrative offices will be sent to your NDSU email account. Instructions for accessing your NDSU email are found with the ITS Help Desk. Select "Step 3" and follow the instructions.

  7. Check Campus Connection for any Holds or To Do List items
    Log on to Campus Connection--> Student Center --> Holds or To Do List

  8. Accept your financial aid and scholarhips online through Campus Connection > Student Center
    Log on to Campus Connection

  9. Complete eCHECKUP TO GO
    This brief, online tool provides personalized feedback and accurate information about alcohol. This is a requirement for all first-year students and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Instructions are available at

  10. Complete "We Take a Stand" Workshop
    As a new NDSU student, you are required to attend one "We take a Stand" workshop during the first three weeks of the fall semester. This interactive workshop focuses on sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and how all NDSU students can take part in making our campus community safer. Pre-registration is required. Register today at:

  11. If you are a MN resident, apply for reciprocity
    If you are a Minnesota resident and would like to apply for reciprocity, visit:

  12. Complete the FERPA Consent to Release Form
    Students wishing to grant family members access to financial aid and scholarships and academic records may complete the FERPA Consent to Release Form, available online at NDSU One Stop

13. Contact Military and Veterans Certification Representative (if applicable) at (701) 231-7985 or visit

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Registration for the April 23 Orientation is Now Closed

If you are a first-year student starting at NDSU this summer and have not registered for Orientation, please contact the Student Success Programs office at 1-800-488-6378 or  

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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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Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:10:29 AM
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