Virtual 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.

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

Students will be charged the one-time $125 New Student Fee, which covers all New Student Orientation and Welcome Weekend 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.

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

Campus Connection user ID and password, activate your Minot State email, questions for your advisor, your top 3 First-Year Experience (FYE) choices (if you are a first-year student or transfers with less than 24 credits). A list of fall FYE’s is available at:

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. You will then make an appointment with your advisor and meet virtually to enroll. At the start of the semester, your advisor may change. At that time, you can check Campus Connection to view your academic advisor.

If you haven’t already, make sure you register for Virtual New Student Orientation. You will receive an email directing you to complete Phase 1 of orientation. In Phase 1, you will find instructions on scheduling 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 in your Microsoft Teams "MiSU Orientation" to assist you with any questions you may have. 

Appointments will last approximately one hour, depending on your major and specific degree requirements. Keep in mind, your appointment will take place in Central Standard Time (CST)!

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.

Orientation Leaders will be available in your Microsoft Teams "MiSU Orientation" to answer questions. All new students should plan to attend scheduled meetings in Teams and Welcome Weekend where you will learn about Minot State resources!

Please contact the Honors Program Director, Jessica Smestad, to discuss available opportunities in the program. She can be reached at

Welcome Weekend is the second part of the orientation process and the official kick-off to the academic semester. Welcome Weekend sessions and events are required for all first-year students and HIGHLY recommended for new transfer students.

Events 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 semester.

Welcome Weekend for Fall begins August 20th and runs through August 23rd. Classes begin at 4pm on August 23rd. 



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