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Transfer Students


Minot State University offers six New Student Orientation Sessions. As a transfer student, you have two options for orientation and class registration: Priority Transfer Orientation OR a one-day on campus orientation.

By Participating in orientation, you will:

  • Meet new and current students
  • Learn about available student support services, financial aid, housing, meal options, and academic requirements
  • Learn about campus policies and procedures
  • Complete placement tests for Math and English, if necessary
  • Meet with an academic advisor and ENROLL for classes
  • Have a better understanding of the Minot State University student experience

New Student Orientation (NSO) April 20, May 31, June 1, June 29, July 20, and August 16
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day program offered over the summer. Although you are familiar with the college environment, you will find there are similarities and differences to navigating Minot State University compared to your previous institution. At New Student Orientation (NSO), you will learn faculty expectations and strategies for being a successful student, meet with an academic advisor, begin to connect with other students, learn about the expectations for living and learning in the Minot State community and gain insight on campus resources to support you toward graduation. Actively participating in New Student Orientation is an important aspect of facilitating your transition to Minot State University.

Distance Student Orientation Registration (DSO) TBD
New students who live 500 or more miles from Minot State University and who will be taking classes at Minot State University in the upcoming semester can participate in Distance Student Orientation.  Students will “meet” via phone, email, or skype with their advisor. Students will need to indicate they are a distance student on their orientation registration form, when registering for their orientation experience. After meeting with an advisor, students will be allowed to register for classes. Students participating in Distance Student Orientation will need to attend the August 16 th on-campus orientation, to complete their orientation experience. 

Priority Transfer Orientation (PTO) TBD
Priority Transfer Orientation is open to students transferring to Minot State University with college transfer credits from other institutions.  Priority Transfer Orientation (PTO) allows transfer students to meet with an advisor and enroll in classes early. Transfer students who participate and complete Priority Transfer Orientation do not need to attend a new student orientation program. If transfer students are unable to sign up for Priority Transfer Orientation, transfer students will need to participate in one of the New Student Orientation programs. 

New Student Programming FeeStudents will be charged the one-time New Student fee, which covers New Student Orientation (NSO) and Welcome Week(end) programming.  This cost includes meals, facility usage, materials, and staffing.

Programming Information
Program Dates  
New Student Orientation Schedule TBD
New Student Orientation Guidebook TBD 


Programming Logistics
Policies and Fees
Travel and Parking
How to Enroll

Guest and family programming (only available on New Student Orientation days run concurrently with student sessions and introduce the guest/ family members to resources available to their student at MSU.  The cost for guest/family members is free for the first two guest/family members and $25 for each additional guest/family member.  This cost includes meals, facility usage, materials, and staffing. During registration for a New Student Orientation (NSO) program online, you will be able to register guest or family members for Guest and Family program. If you have already registered for NSO, and you would like to register a guest, please contact Enrollment Services at 701-858-3350 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3350 or email

Orientation Contacts:
Enrollment Services
701-858-3350  or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3350

Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)
701-858-4040 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 4040

Testing Center
Thomas Rakness or Kari Schmidt 
Center for Extended Learning    
701-858-3390 or