Prepare for Orientation
Begin preparing for Orientation now, so you'll be ready to visit with advisors and register for classes.
As you begin your college career, it is important that you register for courses on your own with the guidance of advisors so you can make your own decisions about your academic future. By being self-sufficient, you will feel more confident in your decision-making abilities and you will have a more positive academic experience at UND.
During Orientation, you will meet individually with an advisor, while your parents attend Parent Orientation.
Step 1 - Claim your student account
It is imperative that you activate your student account within the ND University System (NDUS) prior to coming to Orientation.
By claiming your NDUS Account, you will have access to many of the systems you'll need to register for classes, activate your UND email, accept financial aid awards, etc.
To claim your username (firstname.lastname) and password for the NDUS Account:
- Visit UND.edu/claim.
- Find your student ID number (also known as your EMPLID) included on your Admissions registration letter or click on the "What is your EMPLID?" link.
- Once you have your student ID number, click on the "Claim Your Account" link.
- Follow the steps as indicated.
- Keep your username and password in a safe place and remember that you'll need both your username and password at your Summer Orientation session.
The process will take you about 10 minutes because you will be asked a series of security questions that will help protect your information. Once you have claimed your NDUS Account, you do not have to go through the process again.
If you have any questions or issues as you complete this process, please contact the NDUS Help Desk at 1.866.457.6387.
Step 2 - Submit your Mandatory Immunizations and TB screening form
Documentation needs to be signed / stamped by a licensed health care provider. High school records also will be accepted.
Proper documentation of the following immunizations is required:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella): Two documented doses of MMR. The first dose of MMR must have been given after your first birthday and the second dose given at least one month later. Proof of positive blood titers for measles, mumps and rubella immunity also will be accepted. Proof of birth prior to 1957 exempts students from having to provide documentation of vaccinations.
- Meningitis: New, incoming students 21 years of age or younger living in UND housing (residence halls / apartments) must provide documentation of a meningitis vaccination given after the 16th birthday.
- Tuberculosis Screening Form: All students must complete the tuberculosis screening form found in the Mandatory Immunizations and TB screening form.
When you have completed the Mandatory Immunizations and TB screening form, please mail it to:
UND Student Health Services
2891 2nd Avenue N., Stop 9038
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9038
Fax to: 701.777.4835
If you have questions regarding the form, contact UND Student Health Services at 701.777.4500 or 1.800.CALL.UND, ext. 4500.
NOTE: Students taking only online courses are not required to complete the form.
Step 3 - Send college-level transcripts or scores to UND (if applicable)
When you begin to register for classes at UND, it is important that advisors are aware of any college-level credits you may have earned while you were in high school.
If you had the opportunity to take dual credit or post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO) college courses while in high school, and you would like to have your credits evaluated for transfer to UND, you must contact the college or university at which you earned the credit and request an official transcript be sent directly to:
UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357
Please request that your official college-level transcripts are sent to UND at least 2 weeks prior to your Orientation date. If that is not feasible, please bring your transcripts with you to Orientation.
Reminder: Your final high school transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions by August 1.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits
In order for UND to apply Advanced Placement (AP) credits appropriately, please request the College Board (1.888.CALL.4.AP) to send your scores directly to UND.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credits
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides credit by passing appropriate CLEP Subject Exams. You may apply these credits toward 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 4 - Read about the requirements for your major
Please review the graduation requirements for your major found in the UND Academic Catalog. This will help you learn about the courses you must take for your major so you can begin planning what courses you will take your first semester at UND.
To get started:
Step 5 - Learn about Essential Studies
Essential Studies is the academic core of your university experience. The Essential Studies courses provide you with broad and diverse perspectives on how human beings think and feel, solve problems, express ideas, and create and discover knowledge.
By completing the Essential Studies courses, you will acquire vital intellectual skills as they challenge you to:
- think critically and creatively
- reason using numbers and charts
- communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- find and evaluate information from various kinds of sources
- increase your understanding of the role of diversity in a complex world
Regardless of your major, you are required to complete UND's Essential Studies curriculum. For most new students, you will focus on Essential Studies courses during your first few semesters at UND.
Review the Essential Studies course listing and begin thinking about courses that interest you. Complete the worksheet found in the Registration Prep Packet so you can discuss the Essential Studies courses that interest you with an academic advisor during Orientation.
Step 6 - Explore additional courses and programs to enhance your UND experience
During the first year of college, many transitions will take place and UND is committed to assist you with your success. The following information describes courses and programs that you may choose to participate in during your time at UND.
- UNIV 101: Introduction to University Life – Promotes the personal and academic success of first-year students.
- UNIV 125: Introduction to Effective Study Skills – Teaches effective study skills and habits.
- UNIV 126: College Reading – Helps you to approach college textbook material in a systematic and efficient way.
- UNIV 127: Critical Thinking Strategies for College – Develops and improves advanced academic techniques, by engaging you in active learning through critical thinking and creative thinking skills.
See Success Courses for full descriptions.
Integrated Studies Program
Integrated Studies is a nationally-acclaimed program that gives you another choice for earning Essential Studies credits. Classes are small and discussion-based. All classes fulfill Essential Studies requirements. The program works well with most majors at UND and its highly recommended for anyone interested in pre-law, communication, education, or interdisciplinary studies. It's also well-suited for undeclared students. Visit the Integrated Studies Program for more information.
First-Year Seminar Program
Courses in the First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program aim to engage new UND students in the academic life of the University and to empower you to succeed with your transition to college life. Grounded in the Essential Studies, these unique, small classes enable you to:
- discover a passion for learning.
- connect with faculty and peers around academics.
- establish the foundation to become a more reflective, confident, and effective learner.
FYS courses are offered on a variety of different topics and academic areas and are listed as either UNIV 110 or UNIV 115. More information on the types of courses offered, as well as who to contact if you have questions, is available at the FYS website.
The Honors Program provides an exciting alternative if you want to get more out of your college education. The flexible requirements work with any major, or you may create your own program of study. You may substitute Honors Program requirements for Essential Studies courses. Check out the Honors Program for more information.
Step 7 - Apply for housing and financial aid (if applicable)
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 prior to April 15 to ensure that it is processed by the North Dakota priority date. Apply early! Funding is limited and not guaranteed through the priority date deadline.
UND's school code is 003005. Refer to the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.
If you are interested in living in one of the UND residence halls, visit the Housing Office website to research housing options, apply online, or download a printed application.
Apply early! Your priority room assignment is based on the date you submit your housing application. Keep in mind that residence hall housing is not guaranteed.
Make sure you bring the following items to Orientation:
- A printed copy of the confirmation email for your Orientation reservation.
- Your parking permit (emailed to you one week prior to your session) and driving directions.
- Your username and password to access your student account in Campus Connection.
- If you have not yet submitted your completed Health History & Immunization Form to UND Student Health Services, you may bring it with you to Orientation. However, it is highly recommended that you submit it in advance so it can be verified.
- A copy of your college transcript(s) 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.
- Your Major / Program of Study and Essential Studies Worksheets from the Registration Prep Packet.
- Your government-issued photo ID so you can get your UND student ID, also known as your U Card.
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers as meeting room temperatures may vary. You're encouraged to wear UND clothing, such as the t-shirt you will receive from Admissions or pick up something new at the UND Bookstore.
- A pen or pencil and notepaper. This is your first day as a college student, so be ready to learn!