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You've made your decision to enroll at NDSCS! What should you do next?

Apply for Admission

Follow the instructions to complete your application for admission. If you are a former NDSCS student, complete the Re-Application for Admission form.

Course Placement Testing

ACT test results are required as part of the Admission process. If you do not have ACT scores and need an ACCUPLACER test to determine eligibility for college English and Mathematics classes, contact Student Success for help finding an ACCUPLACER test site in your region at 701-671-3000 | 800-342-4325 ext. 3-3000 or

Apply for Financial Aid 

The NDSCS school code for FAFSA is 002996. Click here for more details.

Claim Your Account to access CampusConnection

When you receive your admission letter and student EMPL ID number, you need to "Claim Your Account" to obtain a User ID and password to log into CampusConnection. Visit CampusConnection Help for more information and follow the instructions.

Access your NDSCS email account and Activate your Online Services

You may already have email from NDSCS! It is essential that students check their NDSCS email account regularly as this is the official mode of communication used by the College and for NDSCS Online classes. Instructions to activate your services and access your email are at

Register for Classes 

Students register for classes through the CampusConnection system.

Order Books 

Books are required for online classes and can be purchased online at
Several classes also require access codes for publisher websites to access content needed for your classes. These codes should be purchased from the NDSCS Bookstore to be sure they work in the NDSCS courses. Find additional information on the NDSCS Bookstore website under 'Textbooks'.  

Obtain the necessary software required

Microsoft Word is required to complete and submit your assignments. Some courses require additional software which will be listed in the online course schedules each semester. Find out how students can get Microsoft Office Pro FREE!

NDSCS Blackboard Orientation Course

All NDSCS students have access to the orientation course to learn how to use the learning management system. The course is available when you log into NDSCS Online. Take time before the semester begins to check it out so you are better prepared when your classes begin!

Start Class

Online classes open the first full class day of the semester. They are not self-paced, but you will have access to them 24/7 once they begin. Look for assignment due dates in your online courses so you don't miss important deadlines.

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