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Transfer Enrollment Guide

As a transfer student, you have unique needs as you transition to NDSU.  The University has created a Transfer Enrollment Guide to walk you through that process.



Transfer Student Checklist

Prior to Orientation

  • Complete and submit Housing Application
    If you are planning to live on campus, an application is available at

  • 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
    Official transcripts from all post-secondary course work must be submitted directly to the Office of Admission from the college and/or post-secondary institution. If you have completed less than 60 semester credits (90 quarter) of transferable college work at the time of application, you must also submit official high school transcripts, complete with graduation date.

  • Reserve an Orientation date
    Fill out the Reservation Form online.

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

  • 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.

  • Take the online math placement test
    Follow the instructions 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
    Follow the instructions for activating your electronic ID.  Your electronic ID allows you access to an NDSU email account address, campus computer clusters you'll use to register for classes, and Blackboard to take the online math placement test.

  • 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.  Student accounts will be charged $20 for the ID card
  • Layered clothing. Air conditioned rooms can be cool while outside temperatures are warm.

During Orientation

  • Learn about policies and services available for new students
  • Meet with an academic adviser
  • Register for classes
  • Attend a student services session
  • Take a campus tour

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 www.studentloans.go
  • Reserve textbooks online 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.
  • 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
  • Accept your financial aid online through Campus Connection > Student Center
    Log on to Campus Connection
  • 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.   

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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: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:34:21 AM