New Student Registration & Orientation - Fargo

NDSCS New Student Registration and Orientation is a required informational day designed to help 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 Spring 2015 classes.

What to Bring
  • Registration & Orientation Confirmation Letter: Bring along this letter to expedite the check-in process.
  • 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. 

New Student Registration will be done by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 701-231-6937. 


New Student Orientation will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 3-6 p.m.

  • Students will attend on a drop-in basis.
  • Allow approximately 1.5 hours to complete everything.
  • This is a required event for all new incoming students. 
  • Essential Technology Activation: Students will have the opportunity to ensure that they have access to their Campus e-mail account as well as their CampusConnection student account.
  • Bookstore: The Bookstore will be open from 1-6 p.m.
  • Students who have not registered for classes and have turned in all required documents may register at this time.

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

New Student Checklist

Prior to New Student Registration & Orientation:

Claim Your System ID

Your system ID allows you access to CampusConnection, the system that students use to view and accept financial aid awards, register for classes, view account balances and much more.

  • To claim your system ID, go to
  • You will need your EMPLID (which is provided in your New Student Registration & Orientation confirmation letter) and your birth date to complete this registration process.
  • For questions, or if you encounter any problems, please contact the NDUS Help Desk at 866-457-6387.

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.
Before Leaving New Student Registration & Orientation:
  • Complete COMPASS testing, if required, for Mathematics and English course placement.
  • Access the Academic Requirements Report and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement
  • Print class schedule
  • Take picture for Student ID
  • Complete College Student Inventory Survey
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
  • Check-out at the Registration/Orientation Information Desk in the front lobby
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit through CampusConnection.
  • Discuss cost estimates with Business Affairs Office.
  • Complete and turn in FERPA Release Form.
  • Clasroom Tour (tour departs from the Information Desk at 3 p.m.).
  • Discuss loans/grants with Financial Aid Office.

Course Placement (COMPASS 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 COMPASS test if they do not have ACT official scores dated within the last five years or COMPASS official scores dated within the last three years.
  • Students may be required to complete the COMPASS 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.
COMPASS 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 COMPASS test questions before completing their COMPASS test at New Student Registration and Orientation.

Sample questions are available at:

What is the ACT COMPASS Test?

ACT COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps college's evaluate students' skills and place them into appropriate courses. Students will receive ACT COMPASS test results immediately upon completion of testing along with a score report that will include placement messages informing students of what courses they should take and how to register. Academic staff and faculty will review all results with students and discuss their academic plan based on these scores. For more information please call Student Success & Career Services at 701-671-2258 or visit the ACT COMPASS website

How are ACT Compass Scores Used?

ACT COMPASS is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, ACT COMPASS 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 ACT COMPASS 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 COMPASS test the first time at NDSCS.

What if my COMPASS Scores are Better than my ACT scores?

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

Parking & Directions

Parking at NDSCS-Fargo is free.

Before Coming to Campus

  • Ensure all FINAL official transcripts have been received by Enrollment Services. (Questions: 701-671-2521).
  • Verify Immunization Records (MMR, Meningococcal) have been received by Student Health Services (Questions call: 701-671-2286).
Financial Aid & Paying for College
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • If FAFSA does not provide enough aid to cover all costs, apply for an Alternative Student Loan.
  • If applicable, complete Financial Aid Verification paperwork (via mail).
  • Log-in to CampusConnection at least every two weeks to review the ‘To-do List’ and follow-up on financial aid acceptance.
  • Click here to find out more detailed information regarding financial aid.

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