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What's New Overview for Fall 2015
Division of Student Affairs eNewsletter
As we get ready to kick off another semester at the University of North Dakota, the Division of Student Affairs wants to provide faculty and staff with a brief overview of new resources and changes that may impact prospective and current students.
Thank you for the important work you do in serving our students. I wish you much success in the upcoming semester.
-Lori Reesor, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Admissions finalizes new guidelines
Starting fall 2015, UND will be implementing new admission guidelines that will become progressively more rigorous for students applying for fall 2016 and beyond. The requirements will be fully implemented for the graduating class of 2018 and are part of achieving our goals in enrolling high-achieving students to the University.
Core High School Requirements
Over the past few months, we have examined best practices on which additional course(s) should qualify as core, including a review of core high school requirements from the 10 research institutions in a six-state regional area (Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming). Of those who require 15 or more core courses, every institution requires either 2 or more units of foreign language and/or at least 1 additional unit of math or science. In addition, an analysis of students seeking admission to UND for fall 2014 entry term demonstrated that the vast majority had already completed 4 units of math, science or social science. Finally, these changes also maintain alignment with North Dakota graduation requirements. Based on the study of best practices, UND will incrementally increase the core requirements to 15 credits by 2018.
GPA and ACT Guidelines
In addition, the GPA and ACT guidelines have been adjusted for students seeking admission in the fall of 2016 and we suggest students possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 and an ACT of 22 or higher.
UND has a holistic review process in place, so students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student’s academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success.
Visit the website for more information.
Last chance for advisement and registration for new students is August 21
First Year Students
Any freshman student who has not attended Orientation, and therefore not enrolled in their fall courses, must attend a final Orientation session to be held Friday, August 21. No new freshman students will be matriculated between July 16 and August 21, and therefore will not be able to enroll in fall courses until they attend Orientation August 21. If you are working with a new freshman for the fall semester please refer them to the Orientation website for program details and to make their reservation for the program on August 21. In addition, no new freshmen students will be matriculated over Welcome Weekend. Therefore, students that do not attend the August 21 Orientation session, and are still in need of fall advisement and registration, can be referred to the Student Success Center beginning Monday, August 24 and will be matriculated on an individual basis.
All new transfer students that still need advisement and registration for fall courses should contact their academic department advisor as soon as possible for fall course advisement.
Career Services offers resources and events to students
Career Services will be helping students tackle their career search with both familiar events and a few new offerings this fall.
Freshmen Fridays-Students are welcome any day of the week, but especially on Fridays! “Stop by for a quick welcome tour and receive a gift that will “highlight” your career development!”
LinkedIn Photo Booth-Why spend mega bucks at a studio when Career Services can take a professional head shot (free of charge) for your LinkedIn account? Make an appointment by dialing 701.777.3904 TODAY!
Walk In Wednesdays are back by popular demand, and begin Wednesday, September 9 and continue each Wednesday throughout the academic year. Don’t have an appointment? No problem; we’ll assist you on the spot!
Watch for more events from Career Services throughout the semester!
Changes in the fraternity and sorority community
Kappa Delta Sorority members will begin living in the Conference Center this fall. The facility will continue to be owned by UND and operated by the UND Housing Department, but the facility will be home to Kappa Delta members and likely referred to as the Kappa Delta House by many students.
Alyssa Walker, Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life, has accepted another position on campus and her last day in the Memorial Union was August 14. Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Dean of Students, will be the primary contact for the UND Fraternity & Sorority Community following Alyssa’s departure.
Financial Wellness offers discounts to students
UND Financial Wellness offers discounts around the Grand Forks area to UND students. Discounts are available by showing a valid UND Student ID.
Memorial Union hires new Executive Director; renovates second floor
Cheryl Grew-Gillen will begin her position as the Memorial Union Executive Director on August 20, 2015.
Work is continuing throughout the 2 nd floor of the Memorial Union. Painting and carpet installation will continue through the start of the semester. The project is tentatively planned to be completed around Labor Day; everyone’s ongoing patience with the project is appreciated.
Memorial Union posts building hours
The MU’s building hours for the fall semester starting Monday, August 24 are:
- Sunday: 11:00am – 2:00am
- Monday – Thursday: 6:00am – 2:00am
- Friday: 6:00am – 9:00pm
- Saturday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
One-Stop and The Link join to strengthen UND’s commitment to exceptional customer service
As of July 1, 2015, The Link relocated to the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union and the Customer Service Representatives from The Link are now One-Stop Advisors. Bringing in The Link’s expertise helps create an admissions-application to graduation-application service center as a contact for students, families, faculty and staff at UND. One-Stop Student Services now serves the Office of Admissions, Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Aid Office, Student Account Services and Parking Services.
Sign & Design absorbs Union Services
The Sign & Design Studio, located on the main level of the Memorial Union, has been going through some transition this summer! The Studio has purchased a new copier and taken on all aspects of what used to be “Union Services” (this namesake has been removed). So now, when looking for graphic design services, printing, copies, vinyl graphics, production, large format printing, binding, faxing, discount movie cards, stamps, buttons and laminating, it is all located in one consolidated area under one name: Sign & Design Studio. View updated pricing and services!
In addition, the MU will no longer utilize t-stands for event promotion on the 1st floor. Instead, individuals interested in promoting their events in the Memorial Union should contact Sign & Design at 701.777.3810 to discuss other marketing options.
Student Health Services offers online student portal and insurance
Student Health Insurance Plan:
Fall enrollment: July 17, 2015, through September 15, 2015
Domestic students are not required to carry this coverage, but are required under the Affordable Care Act to carry some form of insurance.
For detailed information including eligibility criteria, enrollment options, premium information and payment options visit http://und.edu/health-wellness/student-health/ndushealthcare.cfm
Student Health Patient Portal:
Student Health Services (SHS) offers an online student portal, which allows patients to receive secure notifications of test results, receive reminders for follow-up appointments, enter mandatory immunization information, complete SHS required forms, view billing statements, and view immunization history. Students sign in to the portal using their UND username and password. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering Online Appointment Scheduling through the portal!
Student Health 101 online magazine available to students
Did you know research states that healthy and happy students do better academically? Our students now have access to an online magazine full of health and wellness tips and information to help them on their journey of wellbeing. Encourage your students to take advantage of this great resource. Go to readsh101.com/UND.html
Student Success Center to hold walk in hours
The Student Success Center will be holding walk in hours 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, September 2 (the last day to add).
These walk ins are for any new first year students or undeclared transfer students who need assistance with their fall schedule. New declared transfer students should seek assistance through their major department and/or advisor. Beginning Thursday, September 3, the Student Success Center will resume assisting all undeclared students by appointment.
We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, some students may struggle. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students on campus through the University Counseling Center. For more information please visit the UND cares website or call the UCC at 701.777.2127.
*Please note that UCC services are also available to our graduate students. We encourage you to reach out to those students with our resources and information.
University Children’s Learning Center builds new Nature Explore Classroom
The University Children’s Learning Center is building a new Nature Explore Classroom and will be open to the community at scheduled times. This outdoor environment provides many opportunities for children’s learning and development. The outdoor classroom supports learning that is focused upon the whole child, encouraging them to learn in multiple ways. Children will be able to use their minds and their five senses as they explore the outdoor environment. These experiences will support development of problem solving and observation skills, creativity, and gross motor skills to name a few. For updates on the classroom and other UCLC information go to childrenscenter.UND.edu.
Welcome Weekend & Family Weekend schedules available
For assistance, contact:
777.3000 or 1.800.CALL.UND
Or chat online 7 days a week.
Note: Information subject to change.