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. 

An Orientation Team Member will contact you if it is suggested for you to take the ACCUPLACER exam. 

The ACCUPLACER is a Math or English placement exam and is available remotely, via ZOOM or can be take in-person at the Academic Testing Center .  Visit the Academic Testing Center’s website for additional information about ACCUPLACER testing.

  • Remote ACCUPLACER exams available Mondays only. 
    • To schedule an exam or to determine alternative times for in-person testing, please contact the Academic Testing Center by emailing:
  • There is no charge for the first two exams.
  • If you need to take ACCUPLACER, please do so before you visit with scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor. 

For the most up-to-date information about in-person and remote  testing options,  visit the Academic Testing Center website.

To claim your Campus Connection User ID:

  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 may have already claimed your Campus Connection account. 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 what you will use to:

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

The Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA) is an agreement stating students agree to pay tuition and fees for each semester.  All students must be accept the FOA agreement before they can register for 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

To Activate your Minot State Email Account

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

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

  1. Go to
  2. Click Office 365 Webmail.
  3. Enter your Name (User ID) as your email address in the format created when you claimed your Campus Connection account. Example: (must be entered in all lower case; sometimes a middle initial is included in the User ID)
  4. Your password for your Minot State email is the same as Campus Connection. If you forget your password, you will need to reset your Campus Connection password.

If you are currently attending another NDUS institution, you may already be using your account. You will start receiving emails and should use this email for official Minot State communication.

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 e-mail us your questions at

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 Need To Know about FYE:

  • FYE is required for all first-year students and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours.
  • When meeting with your advisor, the first courses you should discuss are the FYE learning communities.
  • The same students register for all connected courses listed 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.

» Spring 2021 Learning Community options


Q&A with Beth Odahlen, director of the Academic
Support Center at Minot State University.

» For even more information about the First-Year Experience at Minot State

Although some of you may know exactly what career path you would like to take, many of you are still exploring options available. Listed below are the Department and Divisions which offer majors at Minot State University. When you click on each area, a video will provide you with information from the Department/Division Chair, which includes:

  • Career paths and majors available in the Department/Division
  • The FYE learning communities recommended for the particular majors in this area
  • Introductory courses you should consider in their first semester
  • Information on what you should expect from this area of study.

Viewing these videos prior to registration will help both you and your advisor make decisions on classes to take this spring so make sure not to skip this step!

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education and Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Pre-Advising Questionnaire allows your advisor to learn more about you! Your responses will help your advisor provide the best guidance during your advising session.

  • Complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire.
  • The deadline to submit the questionnaire is two days prior to your academic advising meeting.



Please review the Steps to Scheduling in Starfish for detailed instructions on how to schedule an academic advising appointment. 

*There will be limited appointments available during Winter Break (December 14-January 1). 

**If you are having issues with scheduling an appointment in STARFISH, please contact Tammy Wolf  at or at (701) 858-3360. 




You have now completed Phase 1 of Virtual New Student Orientation (VNSO)! 

 It's time to move on to Phase 2 of VNSO!  

» Frequently Asked Questions

For any additional questions, please contact