Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my family member is attending class?

The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents NDSCS from releasing information about your student unless the student has signed a release of information form. If you would like to receive information regarding your student, please have your student complete the FERPA release form and submit it to Enrollment Services in Haverty Hall, Room 101. Once the release form has been signed, the appropriate Dean’s office will be able to assist you with your inquiry.

How do I get books and/or tools for my family member?

You can purchase books and/or tools and general merchandise for your student through the NDSCS Bookstore. If a student is registering during the spring or summer, many of the textbooks he or she may need are not available until the start of school. Reserving your books online before picking them up will save time. The Bookstore will also be able to provide a complete list of tools needed for a program. Some tool kits need to be reserved prior to the start of the semester; check with the Bookstore for more details.

Should I send money to school with my family member?

If your student is receiving financial aid, it will not be available until approximately 30 to 45 days after the start of school. In addition, if your student is working on or off campus, he or she may not receive a paycheck for a period of time. You may want to consider opening a local savings or checking account or providing your student with a check card.

What should I do if my family member is having problems
with his or her roommate?

If your student is having problems with his or her roommate, he or she may visit with the resident assistant on the floor of his or her residence hall, the resident director of that hall or visit the Residential Life office in Riley Hall Room 130.

What should I do if my family member is having problems in class?

Encourage your student to contact the instructor, his or her advisor, or the Student Success Center (701-671-3000). They can help your student by providing assistance, recommending student support services or discussing the next step in the process. There are many student services available free of charge to assist students personally, academically and vocationally.

What should I do if my family member is failing a class and/or
thinking about quitting school?

If your student is thinking about quitting school, please encourage him or her to contact the Student Success Center to discuss their decision with an academic counselor. The academic counselor will be able to discuss options for the student, provide career counseling and assessment, and/or refer the student to appropriate offices. You may also want to contact the Business Affairs Office and Financial Aid, as withdrawing from classes or school may affect their financial aid and account balance.

What should I do if I cannot get in touch with my family member?

If an emergency should arise and you need to reach your student during school hours (Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.), you are encouraged to contact the Student Success Center for assistance in getting a message to your student. Call 701-671-3000.

If your student lives on campus and you have an emergency or are concerned for your student’s safety, contact Residential Life. Residential Life can be reached Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at 701-671-2224.

After business hours, please contact NDSCS Police at 701-671-2233.

How do I find out my family member's housing assignment?

Housing assignments are available in mid-July for the Fall semester and end of December/early January for Spring semester. You can find out your family member’s room assignment, roommate/suitemates and dining plan by having him/her log into CampusConnection.

For step by step instructions on how to view your room assignment, click here.

Do new students need a computer?

There are several computer labs located throughout campus that students are welcome to use; however, if you do choose to purchase a computer, here are some things to consider:

How much do you want to spend?

There isn't a huge difference between $300 and $1,500 computers anymore as they have become much more efficient. However, there are a few programs that require a laptop. For more information on if a program requires a laptop, click here and select your program from the drop-down list of options.

Size

Many students enjoy larger monitors, but remember that if you are purchasing a laptop that you will be carrying it around campus.

Weight

Make sure to keep weight in mind, especially if you plan on purchasing a laptop.

Laptops Sold through NDSCS
  • To find out specifications on the different types of laptops sold through NDSCS, click here.
  • A 3 year warranty is included, which includes the ability to use a rental unit until the computer is fixed or replaced if needed.
  • Free technical support through NDSCS.
  • Using Financial Aid to Cover the Cost: After verifying that your family member will have sufficient funds available, he/she can put $200 down to reserve the computer and then use the overage money (what your family member receives from the Business Office after using any financial aid, including scholarships and grants, to cover all costs charged to their Financial Aid account like tuition, fees, housing, tools, textbooks, etc.) to pay the rest of the cost of the computer. The computer is given to the student once payment is received in full.
MS Office

MS Office is provided free of charge if your family member has an NDSCS email account, which every student has! This includes MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Printers

There are printers located in computer labs throughout campus for student use. Color printers are available in the Library for a small fee.

Can we use financial aid to cover the purchase of a computer?

In some cases, yes; in other cases it will depend on other costs (tuition, fees, housing, tools, textbooks, etc.).

If a laptop is required for the program, the cost will be a part of your budget and considered for financial aid.

If a laptop is not required for the program, students can request a computer add-on to their budget. After all other costs (tuition, fees, housing, tools, textbooks, etc.) that have been charged against financial aid are covered, the remainder will be given to the student and may be used to purchase a computer.

  • Students provide Financial Aid with a reasonable estimate for the laptop and can include the cost of a case to protect the computer.
  • Purchasing a computer through NDSCS is also an option (through our IT Service department located in the Student Center). Benefits of purchasing through NDSCS include a 3 year warranty and free technical support including the use of a rental unit if necessary. For additional information, click here.

What if a student gets sick?

If a student will be missing class due to illness, he/she can contact the Student Success Center at 701-671-3000 who will then pass this information on to the student’s instructors. Students are still expected to connect with the instructor as soon as possible.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Campus Nurse if the illness is more serious or persists.

Campus Nurse

At NDSCS in Wahpeton, a campus nurse is available during business hours (Fall & Spring hours: M-F 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m; Summer hours: M-Th 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., F 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Referrals are offered when needed. Services provided are confidential and may be viewed here

At NDSCS-Fargo, we have a list of referrals to provide the medical assistance students need.

Personal Counseling Services

A licensed professional clinical counselor who is also a national certified counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and a member of the American College Counseling Association is on staff. Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure availability. These services are provided both at NDSCS in Wahpeton and NDSCS-Fargo.

How safe is campus?

NDSCS is committed to providing students with a safe and secure environment that is free from threats, intimidation and violence. 

NDSCS Wahpeton
  • NDSCS Campus Police are able to respond quickly to calls since they are housed in the Student Center. They also work in conjunction with the Wahpeton Police Department to provide vehicle patrol 24 hours per day year-round.
  • Students are also able to access a free 24-hour escort service to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe while moving around campus and the NDSCS-Fargo location.
NDSCS Fargo
  • Various safety and security measures are taken to keep the NDSCS-Fargo location safe and secure. Faculty and staff are trained on emergency response protocol.

If safety or security warnings are necessary, announcements are displayed throughout campus and are sent to students through the NotiFind system.

For additional information, click here.

Can students bring a vehicle to campus?

Yes, students may bring a vehicle with them to campus.

NDSCS Wahpeton students must purchase a parking permit through Campus Police or online through CampusConnection. The NDSCS-Fargo location does not require parking permits.

What is there for students to get involved with on campus?
Are there events planned?

Yes. Events occur almost weekly at NDSCS in Wahpeton, including both educational and entertaining events for students to attend. Some events are scheduled during the evenings, some during the lunch hour and others throughout the day. There are even a few campus events that are open to the public while others are strictly for NDSCS students.

Encourage your family member to get involved, try something new and go beyond his/her comfort zone by attending events, participating in athletics, and/or joining a club or organization. Ideally, we hope students are able to acheive a balance between schoolwork and social activities.

What are the rules/expectations students have to follow?

Students are expected to know and understand their rights and responsibilities, which are spelled out in the Guide to Student Rights & Responsibilities that students receive during Orientation.

What are the important dates that we need to know?

The 'Important Dates' section of the website keeps you up-to-date on upcoming deadlines, holidays, etc. An academic calendar is also available for your family member to follow. 

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