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New Student Checklist

Printable Version Here: First-Year Student Checklist

Prior to Orientation

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

  • Send final transcripts
    Request your High School to send your final transcript which includes your graduation date to the NDSU Office of Admission, Dept. 5230, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108, along with any completed college course work

  • 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.

  • Reserve an Orientation date
    Fill out the Reservation Form online or return the form that will be mailed to you.

  • Claim your system ID
    Claim your system ID. Your system ID allows you access to Campus Connection, the system that students use to view and accept financial aid awards, register for classes, purchase parking permits, view account balances and much more. 

  • Activate your electronic ID 
    Instructions for activating your electronic ID.  Your electronic ID allows you access to your NDSU email account address, campus computer clusters and Blackboard.

  • Take the online math placement test 
    Instructions for logging into Blackboard for logging into Blackboard and taking the Math Placement Test. Please ensure that the math placement test is completed prior to your scheduled orientation. 

  • Upload your photo for your Bison ID Card
    Submit your photo online for your Bison 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.

  • 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.

Bring to Orientation

  • System userID and password
    Claim your system ID and password.  Claiming your system ID will grant you access to Campus Connection where you can view and accept financial aid awards, register for classes, purchase parking permits, view account balances and much more. Questions should be directed to the NDUS (North Dakota University System) Help Desk at (866) 457-6387 or

  • Electronic ID and password
    Instructions for activating your electronic ID. Your electronic ID allows you access to your NDSU email account address, campus computer labs you'll use to register for classes and Blackboard to take the online math placement test.  If you encounter difficulties, please contact the NDSU Help Desk at (701) 231-8685.  

  • Immunization record
    If you have not already mailed NDSU your immunization form (you should have received one with your admission letter), bring it with you.  If you need another copy of the form, you may access it online at The State Board of Higher Education requires that students born after 12/31/56 have two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.  Additionally, students ages 21 and younger residing in campus housing must provide documentation of immunity against meningococcal disease.  If you have questions, please contact Student Health Service at (701) 231-7331.

  • Picture ID to obtain an NDSU Bison card

  • Comfortable walking shoes (you will be on the move)

  • Layered clothing
     Air conditioned rooms tend to be cool even though outside temperatures are comfortable.  We will do our best to regulate room temperatures; however, please dress in layers conducive to your comfort level.
  • Umbrella in case of rain
  • Extra spending money for NDSU souvenirs

During Orientation

  • Learn about policies and services available for new students
  • Meet other new students
  • Meet with an academic adviser
  • Register for classes

After Orientation

  • 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

  • Pre-paid textbook online orders at the NDSU Bookstore
    Click on Course Materials

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

  • Purchase parking permit
    All student parking permits will be ordered online at Click on the "PERMIT SALE" line and follow the instructions.  It takes approximately 48 hours after registering for classes to be eligible to purchase a permit.  All parking permits are $185 and will be charged to the student's account in the fall. 

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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  

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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, July 20, 2015 9:41:29 AM