Phase 1: Before you meet with your Academic Advisor

Welcome to Phase 1 of your Virtual New Student Orientation (VNSO)! 

All tasks below must be completed prior to scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor. If you have questions, please contact the area identified in each of the steps listed below. 

The ACCUPLACER exam scores are used for Math and English course placement. More information regarding reasons to take the placement exam can be found hereYou will be contacted via email and/or phone to take the ACCUPLACER exam if it would be beneficial to you!

Placement Exams are available virtually or in person:

Virtual Placement Exam Scheduling (available Mondays only)

  • Contact: Thomas Rakness,
    701-858-3830, 1-800-777-0750, ext. 3830
  • Indicate which placement exam you will be completing (Math, English, Math and English)
  • Include several dates/times you are available (exams will be scheduled in Central Standard Time)

In-Person Placement Exam Scheduling

  • Go to the Starfish login page
  • Login using your Minot State Campus Connection username and password (see below if you have not already claimed your account)
    Claim your Campus Connection account
  • Search for Orientation and click Orientation Placement Exam – In Person
  • Click Schedule Appointment
  • Click Math or English Placement Exam and click Continue
  • Choose the day/time that works best for you and click Continue
  • In the comment box, indicate which placement exam you will be completing (Math, English, Math and English) and click Confirm

Please contact Lynda Bertsch, with questions regarding in-person exams.

You are encouraged to take the ACCUPLACER exam prior to your advising appointment. There is no charge for the first exam and one re-take.


Follow these steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Click 'Claim Your Account'
  3. Enter your date of birth and your student ID number (also known as your EMPLID). This was included in your acceptance letter.
  4. Follow the steps as indicated.

Be sure to record your User ID and password in a safe place for future reference!

If you attended another NDUS institution, you will use your same username and password to log in.

For questions about your Campus Connection account, please contact the North Dakota University System Help Desk or call 866-457-6387.

Campus Connection is used to:

  • Check and remove holds (FOA hold)
  • Enroll in courses
  • View your class schedule
  • And more...

By accepting the Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA), you acknowledge that class registration will result in a financial obligation and agree to pay tuition and fees. Upon accepting the agreement, your FOA hold will be removed. The FOA agreement must be accepted before registration each semester.

  1. Log into your Campus Connection.
  2. Click on the Financial Account tile.
  3. Click on Sign Financial Obligation Agreement, in the left pane.
  4. Select Minot State University in the drop down box next to Institution.
  5. Click on the magnifying glass next to effective term and select the term.
  6. Read the agreement and then click submit.
  7. Click OK

 A how-to video for removing your FOA hold can be found HERE

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Office 365 Webmail
  3. Enter your User ID, created when you claimed your NDUS Account, as the first part of your email address. Example:
  4. Your password for your Minot State email is the same as your NDUS Account. Forgot your password? You will need to reset it using the 'Forgot My Password' link. 
If you are currently attending another NDUS institution, you may continue using your current account. 

Your Minot State email is your official means of communication with the campus.

You will use this email to receive future information regarding Virtual New Student Orientation/Welcome Weekend, Minot State announcements, etc. You should check your email often!

If you need further assistance or have questions, please contact the Minot State Help Desk at 701-858-4444 or 800-777-0750 ext. 4444 or email your questions to

Video - What is Ferpa?

What is FERPA?




Our First-Year Experience (FYE) is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a powerful learning experience. This experience inspires the transition to university life and learning through unique learning communities, peer mentors, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community. What you should know:

  • FYE is required for all first-year students and transfer students with less than 24 credits.
  • The same students register for all connected courses to form a learning community.
  • Class sizes are restricted to approximately 20 students.
  • Instructors work together to create meaningful assignments around the theme and across the courses.
  • When meeting with your advisor, the first courses you should discuss are the FYE learning communities.
  • A detailed list of FYE learning communities is available at: Fall 2021 Learning Communities
  • View the Q&A video below with FYE Director, Beth Odahlen:



Although some of you may know exactly what career path you would like to take, many of you are still exploring options. When you click on each Minot State Department/Division below, a faculty member will share the following information: 

  • Majors and careers 
  • Recommended FYE Learning Communities 
  • Introductory courses

Viewing these videos prior to registration will help you prepare for your advising session!

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education and Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies


You may begin scheduling advising appointments starting on:

  • New Transfer Students - April 12
  • New Summer Students - April 12
  • New First-Year Students - June 7


To schedule an appointment please follow these steps (Use Chrome for best browser results):

1. Sign into starfish at using your Campus Connection username and password

2. Click on the three dots next your advisor's name

3. Select New Student Advising as the reason and click continue

4. Select a date and time that works for you! Select continue and then confirm to make your appointment

For more detailed instructions, please click HERE.  Please note it may take up to 48 hours from the time you registered for VNSO before you are able to schedule your appointment.

It is best if you use a tablet or a computer for the advising appointment in case you need to share your screen.  Watch your email for confirmation of the time you selected! 

For questions regarding Starfish, please contact Tammy Wolf at or at


You have now completed Phase 1. It's time to move on to Phase 2 of VNSO! 

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