New Student Registration & Orientation - Fargo

NDSCS New Student Registration and Orientation is a required informational day designed to help new students gain information about academic requirements, course offerings, campus activities, financial aid and how to become a successful student. Students will also meet with academic staff to develop a schedule and register for first semester classes.

The information on this page is for students entering NDSCS-Fargo Fall 2018.

Are you eligible to Register?

Click here to view available dates and RSVP.


Attendance is required. Please plan for this to take about 3 hours to complete, depending on testing.

  • New Student Check-In: Front lobby of NDSCS Fargo. Click here for interactive map.
  • Welcome Message: This informational session, for both family members and students, will cover NDSCS student and academic services as well as important information about testing.
  • Student Registration & Testing/Family Orientation: Students will test if needed and meet with academic staff to discuss an academic plan and register for first semester classes. Family members will attend a separate session that will provide information on how to support students during their transition to college.
  • Essential Technology Activation: Students will have the opportunity to ensure that they have access to their NDSCS e-mail account as well as their CampusConnection student account. IT staff will also be available to assist with activation for personal electronic devices.
  • Bookstore: Students will be able to get information on book purchase/rental, tool purchase and program uniforms.

For questions on your eligibility or scheduling contact NDSCS-Fargo by calling 701-231-6937 or emailing

For other questions or to request accommodations needed during New Student Registration and Orientation, please contact the Student Success Center at 701-671-3000 or

Prior to New Student Registration & Orientation

Activate Your Electronic Services

Visit to find instructions on how to:

  • Claim your NDSCS account
  • Activate your electronic ID
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
Discuss Accessibility / Disability Needs with the NDSCS Accessibility Coordinator

If applicable, students should discuss criteria and procedures for opening a file. Click here for more information. The NDSCS Accessibility Coordinator can be reached at 701-671-2623.

What to Do During New Student Registration & Orientation

Students will learn more about what NDSCS has to offer and complete the following steps during New Student Registration & Orientation:

  • Verify your CampusConnection account
  • Meet with academic faculty and staff to develop class schedule
  • Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement
  • Register for first semester classes and print a class schedule
  • Access the Academic Requirements Report and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Take picture for Student ID
  • Complete College Student Inventory Survey
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
  • Financial Aid assistance (scholarships, grants, loans, work-study and more)
  • Discuss your costs with Business Affairs 

Optional step students can complete during New Student Registration & Orientation:

  • Complete and turn in FERPA Release Form. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records (available at the Information Desk or online at

Course Placement (ACCUPLACER Testing)

In accordance with North Dakota University System Policy 402.1.2 and North Dakota University System Procedure 402.1.2, students are placed into Mathematics and English courses based on qualifying exam scores. The intent is to appropriately place students into courses that are both challenging and for which they are adequately prepared.

  • Students will be required to take the ACCUPLACER test if they do not have ACT official scores dated within the last five years or ACCUPLACER official scores dated within the last three years.
  • Students may be required to complete the ACCUPLACER test in one, two or three areas depending on their ACT scores. This will ensure students are placed in courses appropriate to their abilities (see below overview).
  • For further questions, please see the NDSCS Course Placement Policy or call Student Success & Career Services at 701-671-2258.
ACCUPLACER Testing Required If:
ACT English Score17 or below
ACT Reading Score17 or below
ACT Math Score20 or below*

*Minimum math scores vary significantly depending on program. For all transfer programs (Liberal Arts), a score of 23 or below will be required to test. For more information see the NDSCS Course Placement Policy.

Students are encouraged to review sample ACCUPLACER test questions before completing their ACCUPLACER test at New Student Registration & Orientation.

Sample questions are available at:

What is the ACCUPLACER Test?

ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format (except for WritePlacer®, the written essay assessment). There is no time limit on the tests, so students can focus on doing their best to demonstrate their skills.

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology. Questions are presented based on a student’s individual skill level. A student’s response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question.

Students will receive ACCUPLACER test results immediately upon completion of testing. Academic staff and faculty will review all results with students and discuss their academic plan based on these scores. For more information, please call the Student Success Center at 701-671-3000 or visit the ACCUPLACER website at

How are ACCUPLACER scores used?

ACCUPLACER is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, ACCUPLACER scores indicate areas in which students are strong and areas in which they may need more help in. The College will use the results from ACCUPLACER test(s) to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant and meaningful for students.

How much does the test cost?

There is no charge for students to ACCUPLACER test the first time at NDSCS.

What if my ACCUPLACER scores are better than my ACT scores?

Often we see students place more appropriately, in more advanced courses, based on their ACCUPLACER test results. NDSCS will place students into courses based on their highest placement test scores (either ACCUPLACER or ACT).

Parking & Directions

Parking at NDSCS-Fargo is free on New Student Registration and Orientation days.

What to Do Before Coming to Campus this Fall

  • Ensure all final official transcripts have been received by Enrollment Services - MUST be received by August 20, 2018. Questions: 701-671-2521.
  • Ensure that Immunization Records (MMR, Meningococcal) have been received by Student Health Services (Questions call: 701-671-2286 or check with Enrollment Services). The NDUS State Board of Higher Education requires: two MMR Immunizations (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), immunity against meningococcal disease (for students 21 and younger; one dose after the 16th birthday) and TB testing for international students.
  • Watch your email for important information about Orientation
  • Purchase your NDSCS parking permit
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit through CampusConnection.
Know Before You Owe

It is important to know what college costs, how to pay for college and what steps students need to take in order to receive financial aid.

  • Apply for Financial Aid: Know where you are at in the Financial Aid process. Refer to Steps to Apply at
  • Apply for Scholarships: Additional information is available at
  • Complete Cost Estimate Worksheet: Results are based on your specific estimated costs, available in your Resource Fair packet or at Contact Business Affairs with questions. 
  • Complete your Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling: You will be notified on your Award Letter to complete this online at You will need the FSA ID you used to complete the FAFSA.
  • Apply for Alternative Loans: You may not receive enough in Federal Loans for your costs at NDSCS. You will know if you will need additional student loans once you’ve completed your Cost Estimate Worksheet. A list of commonly used alternative funding sources is available at
  • Submit outside scholarship checks to the Financial Aid office.
  • Submit Paperwork/Payments from Third Parties (ex. Military/Job Service/Voc Rehab/College Savings Plans) to Business Affairs, if applicable.
  • Need a Payment Plan for the semester? Signed plans need to be set up with Business Affairs - this includes toolkit options.
  • Attend Wildcat Payment & Refund Days to make sure your semester costs have been paid in full; dates can be found at Contact Business Affairs with questions.

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