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Prior to Orientation

  1. Reserve an Orientation date
    Fill our the Reservation Form online.

  2. Complete and submit Housing Application
    If you are planning to live on campus, an application is available at www.ndsu.edu/reslife/residence_hall_applications/

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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: www.ndsu.edu/studenthealthservice/immunizations/. For any questions related to immunizations call 701-231-7331 or email ndsu.immunizations@ndsu.edu.To turn in your immunization record, follow these steps:

    1. Upload to the Student Health Portal

      1. Log-in to the Student Health Portal by using your NDSU electronic ID
      2. 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

    2. Or Fax your records to: 701-231-6132

  7. Claim your system ID and password
    Visit www.ndsu.edu/its/new-student 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 system ID and password in preparation for registration. Questions with this process should be directed to the North Dakota University System Help Desk at 866-457-6387 or ndus.helpdesk@ndsu.edu.

  8. Activate your electronic ID and password
    To activate your electronic ID, go to www.ndsu.edu/its/new-student 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 ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu.

  9. Login to Blackboard
    Instructions on how to login to Blackboard can be found here: Blackboard Instructions

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 user ID and password
    Visit www.ndsu.edu/its/new-student 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 system ID and password in preparation for registration. Questions with this process should be directed to the North Dakota University System Help Desk at 866-457-6387 or ndus.helpdesk@ndsu.edu

  • Electronic ID and password
    To activate your electronic ID, go to www.ndsu.edu/its/new-student 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 ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu

  • 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: www.ndsu.edu/studenthealthservice/immunizations/. For any questions related to immunizations call 701-231-7331 or email ndsu.immunizations@ndsu.edu.To turn in your immunization record, follow these steps:

    1. Upload to the Student Health Portal

      1. Log-in to the Student Health Portal by using your NDSU electronic ID
      2. 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

    2. Or Fax your records to: 701-231-6132

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  • A government issued (state ID, driver's license, passport, military or Tribal ID) picture ID to obtain a NDSU ID 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

  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 www.mappingyourfuture.org
    If you will be a first-time borrower of a federal Direct loan, you must complete the federal Direct Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov

  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
    All student parking permits will be ordered online at www.ndsu.edu/parking. 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.

  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.

  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 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 ndsu.edu/alcoholinfo

  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: www.ndsu.edu/student_life

  11. If you are a MN resident, apply for reciprocity
    If you are a Minnesota resident and would like to apply for reciprocity, visit: www.ndsu.edu/registrar/records/residency/reciprocity.

  12. Complete the FERPA Conesent to Release Form
    Students wishing to grant family members access to financial and academic records may complete the FERPA Consent to Release Form, available online at Bison Connection

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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, April 11, 2016 9:32:03 AM