New Student Orientation FAQ’s

To meet virtually with an academic advisor and enroll in classes; to complete placement tests for Math and English, if necessary; to learn about available student support services, financial aid, housing, meal options, and academic requirements; to learn about campus policies and procedures; and to have a better understanding of the Minot State University student experience.

Please email We will do everything we can to make necessary accommodations.

You will be sent an invitation to your personal email account (the one you applied with), with dates to choose from.

You may have opted out of email communications. Check your spam/junk folders or call Enrollment Services at 701-858-3350.

When you sign up for orientation, you will select a major. If the orientation major is different from your application major, don’t worry, we will change it before we assign your orientation advisor.

Your email will switch after you enroll in classes. You will sign in using Your Campus Connection username and password will be the same.

Students will be charged the one-time New Student Fee (discounted to $100 for 2020), which covers Virtual New Student Orientation (VNSO) and Welcome Week(end) programming. This includes program implementation, staffing, orientation publications, meals, and facilities used during New Student Programs. This fee will be assessed with your tuition and student fees in the first semester of attendance. If you decide to not enroll, you will still be billed for the New Student Fee.

You will receive an email indicating that you are eligible for online orientation. You will complete online orientation. Upon completion, you will be assigned an advisor. Contact your advisor before you enroll in classes!

As a MAFB student you are required to participate in VNSO unless you are an online student. If you are an online student, you will be eligible for online orientation.

You must participate in VNSO or complete online orientation, depending on your degree program.

You will complete orientation at NDSU and pay their fee.

You can sign up for any of our summer orientation dates as they will be held virtually through July.

During orientation you will be required to complete a series of tasks, meet virtually with an academic advisor, and then enroll in your classes.

Your ACT/SAT score places you into an English/Math course. Minot State offers the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam for students who do not have an ACT/SAT score or for those who wish to place into a higher level English/Math course. You may be contacted by a staff member and encouraged to take the exam.

Orientation advisors are assigned after you register for an orientation session and submit the Pre-Advising Questionnaire. You will then make an appointment with your advisor and meet virtually to enroll for fall 2020. After you enroll in fall classes, your advisor assignment may change. You can check Campus Connection for your academic advisor assignment.

If you haven’t already, make sure you register for one of the New Student Orientation sessions. Your appointment will take place within the range of dates you selected for orientation. After completing the Pre-Advising Questionnaire, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your virtual advising appointment.

You will select the time to meet with your advisor when you schedule your advising appointment. Please remember, advising appointments will take place in Central Standard Time (CST).

You can expect a one-on-one session with an academic advisor who will introduce you to the curriculum in your program. At the end of your advising appointment, you will have an academic plan which you will use to register for your first semester of classes.

Your academic advisor will assist you with the registration process. Orientation Leaders are also available to assist you with any questions you may have. Your Orientation Leader will reach out to you throughout the summer, so please let your leader know if you have questions about this process!

We value family involvement in your education experience and encourage families to be involved and to reach out to us with any questions or concerns following the virtual advising session. During the session, however, we ask that you meet one-on-one with your academic advisor.

You will have an opportunity to indicate your interest in the Honors Program when you complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire. The Honors Program Director will be reaching out to students who express an interest in the program. Watch your personal email! Virtual advising appointments with the director will be available during the orientation session you choose.

Welcome Week(end) is the official kick-off to the academic year. Events during the weekend will serve as an opportunity for you to explore the vast array of resources available at Minot State, including academic, cultural, social, athletic, and community service programs. Most of all, you will have the chance to meet your Minot State community. Whether you are a commuter or residential student, we look forward to seeing you at all of the events! Social events continue through the first week of classes.

Welcome Week(end) for Fall is August 21 through August 24. Classes begin at 4pm on August 24.

By participating in Welcome Week(end), you will have opportunities to investigate your intellectual and educational goals, explore curricular and co-curricular activities, resources, and services that support a successful transition to Minot State, engage in interactions designed to build and maintain relationships with students, faculty, and staff, be encouraged and challenged in supportive dialogues that promote self-reflection, critical thinking and appreciation of diversity, and gain an understanding of campus culture and the culture of the Minot community.