Starfish is a communication tool used by Minot State University faculty, staff and students to support student academic success. Students do not succeed alone but are more successful when direct faculty-student communication is combined with effective support from advisors and other support staff on campus.

Starfish may be accessed through Blackboard or by clicking on the direct link below:

Starfish Login Page

(Starfish works best in Chrome and Firefox)



All users should update their profile and account preferences to ensure accurate contact information is available at all times. Other settings to verify include appointment preferences and email notifications.

Training Videos
Updating Your Profile
Updating Your Appointment Preferences
Updating Your Notification Preferences

Training Sheets

Faculty and staff have the ability to access student academic information, send communications, and record notes within Starfish.

Training Videos
Faculty Features in Starfish - set up office hours, review student information, communicate with students (individually or as a group), etc.

The Starfish Early Alert program is a university-wide collaborative effort enabling instructors to give praise (kudos) or raise concerns (flags) regarding students' academic performance early in the term. Communication is sent to students regarding available resources and advisors/support staff are asked to reach out to the student where appropriate.

Training Videos
Respond to an Early Alert Report
Clear Flags and Close the Loop

Training Sheets

Faculty and staff with appropriate permissions have the ability to filter students by attributes, cohorts and relationships, and tracking items within Starfish. It is best practice to clear all filters before logging out of Starfish.

Training Sheets

Filter Values


For Starfish assistance please contact:

Tammy Wolf
Tutoring and Starfish Coordinator