Advice for new students

Congratulations on Your Admission

This website is intended for students who have been admitted to NDSU. Get ready for your first semester by reviewing and completing the steps outlined below. If you need help or have questions, contact an admission staff member for assistance.

1. Set up your NDSU accounts

If you haven’t already done so, here’s where you can set up your Campus Connection, NDSU Electronic ID, and NDSU Email accounts. To set up these accounts, you’ll need your student ID number, which was included in your admission letter. 

2. Obtain financial aid and scholarships

If you submitted your FAFSA by February 1, your financial aid award notice will be mailed and emailed to you beginning early March, and will continue to be sent on an ongoing basis to those who submit the FAFSA after February 1. If you have not submitted your FAFSA, visit to learn more.

You will be notified in mid-February if you received a scholarship award from NDSU. You must officially accept or decline your award by logging into AcademicWorks. The scholarship application deadlines for fall semester are:

3. Make housing selections

All first-year students and transfer students starting within one year of high school graduation, are guaranteed housing through our live-on requirement. Other transfer students may elect to live on campus and have several housing options from which to choose. You must apply for housing to receive an assigned hall and room. Visit Residence Life’s website to apply and check out the latest information on roommate selection, room assignments and the move-in process. 

4. Attend new student orientation

Orientation is required for all first-year students. Registration will open in mid-April. Please complete the pre-registration steps and the You Belong Here online orientation before your in-person orientation session. Additional details regarding orientation will be emailed to you.

5. Submit your final transcript(s)

Remember to have your official final transcript(s) sent to NDSU. The deadline to submit all transcripts is July 1. High school transcripts must have a graduation date and be signed by a school official. If you have enrolled in any college course work (transfer students, or high school students taking PSEO, Dual Credit, CIS), have an official transcript sent to NDSU from each institution granting credit. Failure to provide transcripts may prevent registration and financial aid may not be distributed.  

6. Have any transfer credits evaluated

If you’ve completed college or university classes (CIS, PSEO, or dual enrollment), have your official transcripts submitted to NDSU. Your transcripts will be forwarded to the Office of Registration and Records for official evaluation. You can expect to receive your official transfer credit information (notified via email) about three or four weeks following your admission to NDSU. 

7. Make it official - Commit to NDSU by May 2

  • First Year Students: Let us know your college plans by officially accepting or declining your admission offer by May 2. Click here to complete the brief online form.
  • Transfer Students: If you are transferring to NDSU from another college or university, you’ll commit to NDSU by completing orientation and registration. More details will be sent to you by early March.

8. Complete a Minnesota reciprocity application

Thanks to an agreement between North Dakota and Minnesota, Minnesota students are eligible for tuition comparable to resident tuition. Students who graduate from a Minnesota high school and enroll at NDSU within 12 months automatically qualify for reciprocity. No paperwork is necessary. If you plan to attend NDSU more than 12 months following high school graduation, complete the application. You should also apply if you were homeschooled or if you are a transfer student.

9. Submit your immunization records

NDSU requires all enrolled students to submit immunization documentation for MMR and Meningitis ACWY to Student Health Service. Please see the Student Health Service website for more information on these requirements, how to submit your records and resources for finding your records. Deadlines to submit your immunization records are as follows depending on the semester you start at NDSU:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Semester: May 1

10. Attend Virtual Next Steps Mini Series Sessions

Join us virtually for quick information sessions that cover specific topics like housing, financial aid, and orientation. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend these sessions. Recordings of the sessions will be posted after each event. See below for more details.


Date Time Session
Nov. 9, 2021 3:30 p.m. Financial Aid 101 Recording
Nov. 18, 2021 7 p.m. Getting Involved Recording
Dec. 7, 2021 3:30 p.m. Things to do in Fargo/Moorhead Recording
Dec. 9, 2021 7 p.m. Housing and Dining Options Recording
Jan. 11, 2022 7 p.m. Admitted Student Series: Financial Aid 101
Jan. 18, 2022 3:30 p.m. Major Exploration and Advising Recording
Feb. 15, 2022 3:30 p.m. Preparing to Pick Your Room Recording
Feb. 17, 2022 3:30 p.m. Services at NDSU Recording
Mar. 1, 2022 3:30 p.m. Admitted Student Series: Current Student Q&A
Mar. 15, 2022 7 p.m. Understanding Financial Aid Awards powerpoint slides
Apr. 7, 2022 7 p.m. Admitted Student Series: Transfer Talk
Apr. 21, 2022 3:30 p.m. Getting a Job On Campus Recording
Apr. 21, 2022 7 p.m. What to Expect this Fall Recording
Kevin Christoffers
Why Choose NDSU?

I chose NDSU because it was the only university that was able to make higher education financially possible for me. No other location came close to NDSU in educational opportunities at such a good price. Being able to stay near my parents and pursue a great educational opportunity at the same time was very important, too.

One of my favorite things about NDSU is that the community available around campus is absolutely unbelievable. Also, the transportation options in and around campus are a great way to experience what NDSU has to offer, no matter how you plan to get around.

Kevin Christoffers
Hometown: Moorhead
Major: Computer Science

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