New Student Orientation

Welcome to NDSU! We look forward to helping you prepare for a successful transition to your first semester.

Spring 2023 New Student Orientation


Friday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, January 9, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Throughout New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Begin making connections with other students.
  • Eat lunch in a dining center.
  • If you will live on-campus, you will learn about campus living, dining, and amenities. If you will live off-campus, you will learn about commuter student experiences and services.
  • Learn about finances at NDSU (financial aid, scholarships, loans, billing processes and policies)
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor and register for your first semester of courses at NDSU.
  • A campus tour will be available.

Family members are also invited to Orientation. There will be meetings for both students and family members, and some just for family members. Family members may not be present during class registration due to space constraints. The Family Orientation fee is $15/person and may be paid here.


Family members will:

  • Learn about student transition to NDSU and how to support their student.
  • Become familiar with NDSU's approach to academic advising and career development.
  • Learn how NDSU supports students' holistic well-being.


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Class Registration Preparation

Class registration will happen during New Student Orientation. In order to register for classes, new students must complete the following at least one week before their scheduled New Student Orientation:

The NDSU Math Placement Test All new students are required to complete the NDSU Math Placement Test even if you plan to transfer math credit to NDSU. NDSU will always accept your highest placement whether it is determined by your NDSU Math Placement Test scores or by previously earned credits. This is a timed test that should be taken in an environment free of distractions and will take a maximum of 75 minutes. You must log into Blackboard with your N.D. University System account. It is recommended that you take a practice test. Detailed instructions are available here.

The NDSU English Placement Survey All new students should complete this survey to provide a full picture of your preparation for college-level writing, reading and research. There are no “wrong” answers. The estimated completion time is 10-20 minutes. You will use your NDSU electronic ID to access the placement survey.