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 first semester classes.

What to Expect

Attendance at a New Student Registration and Orientation day is required for all new students. Here’s what to expect while you’re at NDSCS-Fargo:

  • Registration & Orientation Dates: NDSCS-Fargo will offer New Student Registration and Orientation sessions for new students every Thursday, June 2  August 13 (except July 2) from 1 – 6 p.m. Students will be invited to select the date that works best for them and RSVP to staff in Fargo.
  • New Student Check-In: Registration & Orientation is drop-in; however, plan on approximately three hours to complete the entire process.
  • Overview Message: This informational session will cover NDSCS student and academic services.
  • Compass Placement Testing: If needed, students will take the Compass placement test. Students that will be testing may bring a calculator. More information about course placement and Compass testing can be found below.
  • Registration: Students will meet with academic staff to discuss an academic plan, register for first semester classes and print a class schedule.
  • 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 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.

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:

  • Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement
  • Access the Academic Requirements Report and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Register for first semester classes and print a class schedule
  • Take picture for Student ID
  • Complete College Student Inventory Survey
  • Activate your NDSCS email account

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

  • Discuss cost estimates with Business Affairs Office.
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit through CampusConnection.
  • Complete the FERPA Release Form.
  • 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. Final transcripts MUST be received by June 10, 2015 for Summer semester and August 7, 2015 for Fall semester (Questions: 701-671-2521 or check with Enrollment Services).
  • Verify 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.
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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