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Orientation for First-Year Students

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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.

IDs & Passwords

Remember to bring both sets of your IDs & Passwords to your orientation session.

1. System ID & Password
Visit to claim your system ID and click on "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 system ID and password in preparation for registration. Questions with this process should be directed to the N.D. University System Help Desk at 866-457-6387 or

2. Electronic ID & 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 will 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


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


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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. 5260 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Orientation and Student Success

Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2016 7:55:42 PM