Admitted Student Checklist
Now that you've been accepted to North Dakota State University and are ready to get started, we're ready to help you with the process. Just follow the steps below and you'll be on your way to achieving your academic goals.
- Financial Aid/Scholarships
- Residence Halls & Dining Centers
- Minnesota Reciprocity
- Activate Your NDSU Email Account
- Placement (Math & English)
- Register for Classes Online
- Academic Advising
- Tuition/Paying Your Bills
- Mandatory Immunization Requirement
- Final Transcripts
- Student ID/Bison Card
- Parking Permit
1. FINANCIAL AID / SCHOLARSHIP
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov. NDSU’s School Code is 002997. Contact Bison Connection, 701-231-6200 if you have questions after completing your FAFSA form and to ensure that your financial aid file is complete with all requirements.
Deadlines for transfer student scholarships are Dec. 1 for spring semester and April 1 for fall semester. To be considered for university scholarships, request the scholarship application from the Office of Admission and return it by the appropriate deadline. To download the application online, go to www.ndsu.edu/admission/scholarships.
2. RESIDENCE HALLS & DINING CENTERS
Applications also are available online at www.ndsu.edu/reslife. Since requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis, you are encouraged to submit your application early to better your chances of receiving your hall of choice. Detailed information about residence halls, family housing and upper-class student apartments can be found at www.ndsu.edu/reslife or you may contact the Office of Residence Life at 701-231-7557 or 800-572-8840. If you have a disability that requires special accommodations for residence halls or dining services, please contact Disability Services at 701-231-7198. Also, be sure to indicate these needs on the housing application.
University Dining Services operates three dining centers and offers several meal options to accommodate every student’s needs. Each meal plan includes a Flexible Spending account, which is a convenient way to pay for additional meal purchases at NDSU using your Bison card. Call Dining Services at 701-231-7001 for information on meal plans. Meal plans are chosen on the housing contract.
Minnesota residents attending NDSU receive a reduced tuition rate similar to that of a North Dakota resident.
To qualify for the reduced tuition rate, you must complete the reciprocity application with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Forms are available beginning in the spring for the following academic year. The form should be completed online at www.ohe.state.mn.us prior to the first day of classes.
Your NDSU e-mail account is an official means of communication for university announcements. To access your email account address, go to https://secure.ndus.nodak.edu/services. You will need to know your Student ID, referred to as the EMPL ID. Additional information for getting started with email and other computer services can be found online at www.ndsu.edu/its/get_started.
Students who plan to take entry-level English and/or Mathematics courses at NDSU, and who do not have transfer credit equivalent to NDSU courses in these subjects, are placed according to ACT (or SAT) sub-test scores or COMPASS test scores. See Placement Procedures for further details.
Transfer students are not required to attend an orientation session; however, we encourage all new NDSU transfer and non-traditional students to attend, as these sessions will help you learn more about NDSU and the policies and procedures unique to your college experience. Three orientation options are available to fit your needs:
Drop-In Registration Sessions
A convenient, drop-in registration session has been developed for you. Student services staff and an adviser from each college will be available to assist you with the registration process. No sessions, no presentations, just business.
- Take a campus tour
- Consult with a transfer specialist
- Talk with an adviser
- Register for classes
- Take Bison Card photo
Orientation & Registration Sessions
One-day orientation and registration sessions that are more structured and traditional are also offered for transfer and non-traditional students. These sessions will acquaint students with the NDSU campus and offer an opportunity to discuss the many facets of university life. On these days, students will have an opportunity to chat with current NDSU students, have lunch, meet with an adviser and register for classes.
7. REGISTER FOR CLASSES ONLINE
Register online via Campus Connection. You can check your registration time on Campus Connection. The section titled "Enrollment Dates" shows your registration time. For more instructions on how to register, please visit: www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/connect.
8. ACADEMIC ADVISING
You can identify your advisor online via Campus Connection (www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/connect). Your adviser will be listed under the "Advisor" section. If an adviser is not yet assigned, you are encouraged to contact the academic department. Contact information for advisers can be found at www.ndsu.edu/phonebook.
The amount due for tuition and fees is available to students online through Campus Connection. Tuition and fees, as well as room and board payments for each semester, are due the day classes begin for students not receiving financial aid. If you receive financial aid, tuition, fees, and room and board payments are due the date of financial aid disbursement (early September for fall semester; late January for spring semester; and mid-June for summer session). Financial aid awards are first applied to student accounts. Payments may be made in person at Bison Connection in the Memorial Union or Barry Hall, or by credit card online (a service fee applies if using a credit card online).
The State Board of Higher Education requires students to demonstrate that they are immune to measles, mumps and rubella as a condition of enrollment. Please complete the information on the immunization form included in your admission packet and return to:
Student Health Service
NDSU Dept. 5150
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Fax (701) 231-6132
Phone (701) 231-6366
Additional forms can be found online at: www.ndsu.edu/studenthealthservice
11. FINAL TRANSCRIPTS
If you currently are enrolled at another college or university, please have an official final transcript sent to the NDSU Office of Admission upon completion of your studies. This will complete your admission to the university and, where applicable, ensure all course work will be evaluated for transfer credit. All transcripts submitted to the Office of Admission must be sent directly to NDSU from current and previous institutions.
Stop by the Bison Card Center located directly behind Bison Connection in the Memorial Union to receive your Bison Card sometime before your first day of classes ( a picture ID). The Bison Card can be used for purchases at a variety of locations around campus, to gain access to the Wellness Center, to check books out of the library, free metro-area bus service and to enter athletic events. On-campus students use the Bison Card for meals and residence hall.
13. PARKING PERMIT
A permit is required to park on campus. You will be assigned to a designated lot. Students living on campus will receive information about parking from the Department of Residence Life. Students living off campus may purchase permits from the Parking Office online at www.ndsu.edu/parking.
Textbooks can be purchased in person at the NDSU Bookstore in the Memorial Union or reserved online at: www.ndsubookstore.com.
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