Phase 3: After Registration

Welcome to Phase 3, the last part of your Virtual New Student Orientation (VNSO)!  Make sure to complete all areas of this phase in order to complete your VNSO experience. If you have questions during this process, please contact the area identified in each of the steps listed below.

Group 1 - First-Year Student Orientation Leaders

Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Minot, ND

Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

Major: Energy, Economics, and Finance
Hometown: Imo, Nigeria

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Edo, Nigeria

Group 2 - Transfer Student Orientation Leaders

Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Cayes, Haiti

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Ogun State, Nigeria

Major: Pre-Med (Biology)
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

Major: Pre-Med/Biology
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Rivers, Nigeria

Major: Rad Tech
Hometown: Nigeria

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

Major: Broadcasting and Professional Communication
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

You are now enrolled in classes, but there is still a lot to learn about being a MSU student! Orientation Leaders will be hosting virtual meetings with their orientation groups to provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources. In your Orientation Leader meetings you will:

  • Learn about resources and hear from campus staff
  • Meet other new students
  • Participate in activities (virtual bingo, Kahoot games, Netflix watching parties) and win Minot State swag
  • Start completing your required Welcome Weekend sessions
  • Get your questions answered

Please make every effort to attend your meetings and communicate often with your leaders!

How do I attend my Orientation Leader meeting:

  1. Meetings will take place in Microsoft Teams and you have already been added to a group.
  2. To access your group, you can click on the direct link in your email or log into Teams and click on the MISU First-Year/Transfer Student Orientation 2021 Team.
  3. A schedule of meetings and additional information will be shared in Teams.
  4. Meeting times are in Central Standard Time (CST).

How to Pay – 

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Required for all new students

These sessions include an in-depth look at the Minot State student account. We strongly suggest that family members support their student by attending with them! During the last part of this session, there will be an optional Financial Aid 101 discussion, providing an overview of the Federal Financial Aid programs and provide a general understanding of how to apply for federal aid and the next steps as a new student. It is strongly encouraged for all U.S. citizens and those eligible for federal aid to stay and participate!


Adulting in America
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Join us for a fun, interactive and informative session about Canadians becoming students in America. In this session we will talk about everything you as a Canadian need to know about what to expect as an incoming student as well as be available to answer any questions or concerns you or your parent/guardian may have.


Coffee time with International Students
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Join us for a question and answer session about how it is like to study in the US as international students share their views about different topics on being a student in America.


Students just want to have fun: How to be an engaged student in the spring semester.
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Going to events and meeting new people is a big part of the college experience. Join us for this session, which will cover how campus events and campus engagement will happen, even with COVID! Learn about fun campus events, clubs, and organization to become involved in, and how to still have a fun and engaging college experience.

» Residence Life

First-Year Student Housing Policy
Minot State wants you to have the best possible start for your college experience by encouraging you to live on campus. Students who live on campus are more likely to:

  • become more involved with on campus activities
  • perform better academically
  • graduate and complete their degrees
  • become a more active alumni member after graduation

All first-year undergraduate students at Minot State who have earned less than 24 credits and are under 20 years of age must live on campus in our residence halls and purchase a required meal plan during their first year here. The following exemptions may be granted when the student:

  • Is commuting from parents/legal guardian or family member's residence within 25 miles of MSU
  • Is registered only for distance education courses
  • Is married and living with spouse and/or has dependent children under their care
  • Is a veteran of military service or active duty personnel
  • Has a disability requiring specialized accommodations

If you are requesting an exemption, you must submit a Request for Exemption [pdf] form to the Residence Life & Housing Office by July 1 for the academic year contract and November 1 for the spring semester contract.

If you live within a 25 mile radius of Minot, you may live on campus for a trial period until October 1. If at that time you choose to move home, you may complete the exemption form and will only be charged for the time stayed.

Questions?  Please contact the Residence Life office at 701-858-3363 or by email:

» Student Health

Student Requirements
The North Dakota University System policy requires:

  1. All students to be vaccinated with two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella.
  2. All newly admitted students ages 21 and younger must provide documentation of a meningitis vaccination (MCV4, Menveo, or Menactra) given after the 16th birthday. Meningococcal B and Meningococcal C vaccine such as Trumenba and Bexsero do not fulfill the requirement.
  3. All Students are also required to complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire Form.
  4. All Students under the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian complete the Parent Consent for Minor form to receive services at MSU Student Health.

Submit Your Health Records
To submit immunization, tuberculosis documentation and other health records:

  1. GO TO MINOT STATE STUDENT PORTAL - If you have claimed your Minot State account, you may access the Minot State Student Health Portal, use your Campus Connection user name and password to log in.
    • Go to Upload > Choose Document You Are Uploading > Immunization Record > Select File > Upload
    • Go to Electronic and Downloadable Forms > Student Health Clinic > Health-Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire > Complete and submit
  4. PRINT AND UPLOAD PARENT CONSENT FOR MINOR. If you are under the age of 18 years, your parent or guardian must complete a Parent Consent for Minor form to receive services at Minot State Student Health.
    • Go to Electronic and Downloadable Forms > Forms > Parent Consent for Minor > Print > Complete the form > Go to Upload > Choose Document You Are Uploading > Parent Consent for Minot > Upload

Welcome Weekend, the second part of the new student experience, is the official kick-off to the fall semester. Attendance is mandatory for both on-campus and online students: 

  • On-campus students - activities held August 20-23
  • Online students - virtual activities held throughout the fall semester

You will receive an email with additional program details closer to the start of the semester.

Check out the Fall 2021 Welcome Weekend website for more information.


» Frequently Asked Questions

For any additional questions, please contact