Wahpeton Registration & Orientation Day FAQ

Prior to New Student Registration & Orientation

Activate Your Electronic Services

Visit www.ndscs.edu/TechnologySetup to find instructions on how to:

  • Claim your NDSCS account
  • Activate your electronic ID
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
Complete and Submit Your Housing Application

If you are planning to live on campus, click here to apply for housing with Residential Life.

Discuss Accessibility / Disability Needs with the NDSCS Accessibility Coordinator

If applicable, students should discuss criteria and procedures for opening a file. The NDSCS Accessibility Coordinator can be reached at 701-671-2623 and will be available during New Student Registration & Orientation.

What to Bring to New Student Registration & Orientation

  • Family Members: While students’ family members are strongly encouraged to attend, it is not required. Family members will learn important information on how to support a student through their academic journey and hear about the services and resources NDSCS offers students.
  • Immunization Records: If you haven’t already submitted your immunization records, please bring a copy with you. The NDUS State Board of Higher Education requires: 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.

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 NDSCS New Student Questionnaire
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
  • Assistance with financial aid
  • Discuss your costs with Business Affairs Office 

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

  • Discuss your needs with Accessibility Coordinator
  • 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 www.ndscs.edu/Privacy).
  • Fill out housing/dining application (if not already completed)

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 the Student Success Center at 701-671-3000.
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 20 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:

Click here for information about the ACCUPLACER test, including what it is, testing locations, cost and how to prepare.  

Parking & Directions

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

  • Please plan to park around The Oval or the parking lot to the north of Haverty Hall.
  • View the Campus Map.
  • For directions on how to get to NDSCS in Wahpeton, click here.

What to Do Before Coming to Campus this Spring

  • Ensure all final official transcripts have been received by Enrollment Services - MUST be received by January 9, 2019. 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 NDSCS email for important information about Orientation.
  • Purchase your NDSCS parking permit
  • Contact your roommate to discuss who will bring what items (if applicable)
  • 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 www.ndscs.edu/paying-for-college.
  • Apply for Scholarships: Additional information is available at www.ndscs.edu/Scholarships.
  • Complete Cost Estimate Worksheet: Results are based on your specific estimated costs, available in your Resource Fair packet or at www.ndscs.edu/Costs. 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 www.studentloans.gov. 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 www.ndscs.edu/LoanOptions.
  • 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 Semester Payment Due Day to make sure your semester costs have been paid in full; dates can be found at www.ndscs.edu/Payment. Contact Business Affairs with questions.

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