New Student Registration & Orientation - Wahpeton

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.
  • Family Members: While students’ family members are strongly encouraged to attend, it is not required. 
  • 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. 
  • Comfortable shoes as we will be on the move throughout the day!

New Student Registration and Orientation will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015. Attendance is required and students must be present the entire day (activities will end mid-afternoon around 3:30 p.m.).

  • New Student Check-In: 7:45-8:45 a.m. in Haverty Hall 101 (please use south-facing, middle doors). Campus 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.
  • Lunch: Lunch will be provided to students and family members.
  • Student Registration & Testing / Family Orientation: Students will meet with academic staff to discuss an academic plan and register for Spring 2015 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.
  • Bookstore: Students will be able to check out the Bookstore for information on book purchase/rental, tool purchase and program uniforms.
  • Orientation Activities: Students will attend orientation activities in the Alley (downstairs of the Student Center). These activities are required for all new incoming students.

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, purchase parking permits, 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.

Complete and Submit Your Housing Application

  • If you are planning to live on campus, click here to apply for housing with Residential Life.
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 Student Center
  • 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.
ACT English Score17 or below
ACT Reading Score17 or below
ACT Math Score23 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 is free on New Student Registration and Orientation days.

  • Please plan to park around The Oval.
  • View the Campus Map.
  • For directions on how to get to NDSCS in Wahpeton, click here.

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).
Student Life
  • Contact your roommate to discuss who will bring what items.
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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