New Student Registration & Orientation - Fargo

NDSCS New Student Registration and Orientation is a required informational day designed to help new 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.

The information on this page is for students entering NDSCS-Fargo Summer and/or Fall 2016. Information regarding New Student Registration & Orientation for Spring 2017 will be available in November.

What to Expect

Attendance at a New Student Registration and Orientation day is required for all new students. 

Registration & Orientation Dates 

NDSCS-Fargo will offer New Student Registration and Orientation sessions for new students on the following days. Students will be invited to select the date that works best for them and RSVP by calling 701-231-6937 or emailing ndscs.fargoprograms@ndscs.edu.

Summer Registration

  • Monday, May 16 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3 from 1 – 5 p.m.

Fall Registration

  • Thursday, June 16 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 11 from 1 – 5 p.m.
What to Expect While You’re at NDSCS-Fargo
  • New Student Check-In: Registration & Orientation is drop-in; however, plan on approximately 3-5 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 for math and/or English. 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.
Questions/Accommodations

For questions or to request accommodations needed during New Student Registration and Orientation, please contact the Student Success Center at 701-671-3000 or ndscs.studentsuccess@ndscs.edu.

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
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.

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 College Student Inventory Survey
  • Activate your NDSCS email account
  • Financial Aid assistance (scholarships, grants, loans, work-study and more)
  • Discuss your costs with Business Affairs 

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

  • 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).

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.

What to Do Before Coming to Campus this Fall

Enrollment
  • Ensure all final official transcripts have been received by Enrollment Services - MUST be received by June 7, 2016 for summer semester and by August 8, 2016 for fall semester. 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 email for important information about Orientation
  • Purchase your NDSCS parking permit
  • 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 Wildcat Payment & Refund Days 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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