Prepare for Orientation
What to do BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Step 1: Log in to your UND student email
If you haven't already done so, please log in to your UND student email to receive official University communications.
After you've claimed your NDUS account, follow the directions for accessing your student email account:
- Review the login information under the Getting Started tab.
- Get directions to set UND email up on your phone or tablet under the Mobile Devices tab.
If you forgot your username and password or it's been more than 90 days since you claimed your account, you may need to reset your password.
If you have questions, contact UND Tech Support at 701.777.6305. When prompted, please remain on the line to speak to a UND representative.
Step 2: Apply for financial aid and housing
If you haven't done so already, make sure that you've taken the necessary steps to apply for financial aid and housing.
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Please submit any additional documentation as requested by the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner.
UND's school code is 003005. For more information, refer to the UND Financial Aid Office.
For your first year at UND, you're required to live in a residence hall or have an exemption approved by the Housing Office. You must complete the housing application process or apply for an exemption before attending Orientation, or you may not be able to register for classes.
Apply now! Your priority room assignment is based on the date you submit your housing application.
Step 3: Submit your Mandatory Immunizations & TB Screening Form
Prior to registering for classes, new students must submit the Mandatory Health Immunizations & TB Screening Form to Student Health Services.
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): 2 doses of MMR vaccine given after your 1st birthday and administered at least 28 days apart. Proof of birth prior to 1957 or positive blood titers for each disease will also be accepted in lieu of vaccination documentation.
- Meningitis: All students 21 years of age or younger are required to provide proof of 1 dose of a Meningococcal (Menactra / Menveo) vaccination given after the 16th birthday.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Form: All students must complete the tuberculosis screening form. If the form indicates that you're at high risk for TB, you'll be required to have the TB testing done or provide documentation of testing done within the U.S. in the past 6 months.
Documentation needs to be signed / stamped by a licensed health care provider. High school records will also be accepted.
Submit Your Documentation
1. You may access your patient health portal to enter your immunizations and upload immunization information electronically.
2. The Mandatory Immunization & TB Screening Form is also available to print. You may submit your completed form by:
MAIL: UND Student Health Services
2891 2nd Avenue N, Stop 9038
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9038
If you have questions, contact Student Health Services at 701.777.4500 or 1.800.CALL.UND, ext. 4500.
Step 4: Send college-level transcripts or scores to UND (if applicable)
College, Dual Credit or PSEO Credits
Don't pay for college twice! Before you register for classes, it's very important that advisors are aware of any college-level credits you may have earned through dual credit or post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO) while you were in high school. If we don't have your official college transcript, the credits you've already completed won't be transferred to UND and this could cause you to have to pay to retake classes.
Keep in mind the following:
- If you attended high school in North Dakota, you will not need to send us your college-level transcript.
- High school transcripts do not include official information on college credits earned.
- High schools are not able to request college transcripts for you.
- Colleges and universities charge a minimal fee ($5 to $10) to provide official transcripts. If you're unsure which college / university granted the credit, ask your high school counselor for help.
- You must ask the college or university from which you earned the credit to send your official transcripts directly to:
UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357
If you haven't already done so, please request that your official transcript (including those which may have been updated since you applied for admission) be sent directly to UND at least 2 week prior to your Orientation date, or bring your transcript with you to Orientation.
In order for UND to apply Advanced Placement (AP) credits appropriately, please ask the College Board to send your scores directly to UND by phone at 1.888.CALL.4.AP or on the AP website.
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides credit by passing appropriate CLEP Subject Exams. You may apply these credits toward UND's Essential Studies requirements, specific major requirements or use them as elective credits. For more information, please contact UND Testing Services at 701.777.4157.
Step 5: Learn about Essential Studies
Essential Studies is the academic core of your university experience. In your Essential Studies courses, you'll develop critical skills that are the foundation to your future university work and will prepare you for lifelong learning. Typically, you'll focus on Essential Studies courses during your first few semesters at UND.
Learn more about UND Essential Studies:
- Begin by thinking about what interests you outside of your major.
- Next review the list of approved Essential Studies courses and be prepared to discuss your interests with an academic adviser.
Step 6: Read about the requirements for your major
Review the graduation requirements for your major found in the online UND Academic Catalog (click on the name of your major in the left navigation, and then click on the Degrees, Minors and/or Courses buttons).
This will help you learn about the courses you'll take to complete your degree.
Step 7: Submit your student ID photo in advance
The U Card is your official student ID card for campus. It provides access to many campus buildings, library materials, the Wellness Center, dining services, athletic events and more.
Upload Your Own Photo
Pick Up Your U Card
When you come to Orientation, you'll pick up your U Card. You'll need to bring an acceptable form of a government-issued photo ID: driver's license, state identification card, passport, military ID or tribal ID.
Step 8: Complete FERPA privacy release form (if desired)
The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes certain rights for students regarding the privacy of their educational records. If you want to permit someone else (family member) to receive detailed information regarding your financial and/or academic records, you must complete the appropriate FERPA privacy release form. This form allows UND to release the financial and academic records that you designate.
If you have questions, contact One-Stop Student Services at 701.777.1234.
Step 9: Learn about computer purchases, software and support
Computer Purchases and UND Support
As a new college student, you may have questions about technology and what's available. UND Tech Support is available to provide recommendations about new computer purchases (including available discounts) as well as help with computer setup and software installation. Visit UND Tech Support and review the Computer Purchases section for details.
Download Microsoft Office for Free
About one week before classes start, you'll also be able to download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for FREE, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and more. Visit UND Tech Support for more details.
Keep in mind, there are numerous computer labs and printer kiosks around campus so the purchase of a computer and printer is not required.
Step 10: Verify your login information is current for Orientation
To register for classes, you'll use the same username and password you used to make Orientation reservations. Write your username (firstname.lastname) and password down, keep it in a secure place and bring it with you to Orientation.
If you lose the card with your login information, please contact NDUS Help Desk at 1.866.457.6387 to have your password reset.
Keep in mind that your password will expire every 90 days for security reasons. You should check your password status and, if necessary, change your password before coming to Orientation.
What to BRING WITH YOU
Make sure you bring the following items to Orientation:
- Your parking permit (emailed to you about 7 days prior to your session) and driving directions.
- If you haven't submitted your completed Mandatory Health Immunizations & TB Screening Form to UND Student Health Services, you may bring it with you to Orientation. It's highly recommended that you submit it in advance so it can be verified.
- If you plan to transfer college credits, dual credits or PSEO credits, and you did not send an official copy to the UND Office of Admissions prior to your Orientation date, you must bring a copy of your college transcript to Orientation.
- Your government-issued photo ID (such as your driver's license) so you can get your U Card. We encourage you to upload your own U Card photo by following these directions before coming to Orientation.
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers as meeting room temperatures may vary. You're encouraged to wear UND clothing to show your school spirit. Check out options at the UND Bookstore.