Announcing changes to new student transition programs

In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for incoming students to confirm at multiple schools and attend multiple orientations as they continue to assess which school is right for them.

The earlier incoming students are advised and registered for classes, the more likely they are to attend UND. Earlier registration also allows academic departments more time to plan for the right number of sessions to accommodate demand.

 As we continually assess our recruitment and retention efforts to best position UND to attract and retain more students, the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs & Diversity are pleased to announce the following enhancements to our new student transition programs.

 Advising & Registration

  •         Goal: Have the majority of incoming freshmen registered for classes by the beginning of July.
  •         Starting February 1, incoming freshmen who have paid their confirmation deposits will be asked to complete an orientation module and advising survey. Both steps will be completed online and prepare students to register for classes. At this same time, they will pick dates to register for classes and to attend UND Orientation Days.
  •         Starting May 1, students will receive individualized advisement sheets with a suggested course list (based on their survey responses) and an “how to” instructional video for course registration. They will also have options to join an online group advisement sessions or 1:1 advising sessions as needed (via Zoom).
  •         There is no change in the registration/advising process for new transfer students.

 If you have any questions about the advising/registration process, please reach out to Karyn Plumm, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success, at

 UND Orientation Days

  •         Goal: Ensure that students/parents strengthen their connections to UND and prepare for a successful UND experience.
  •         Between July 14-24, new incoming freshmen and transfer students (including online students if they’re interested) and their families will be invited to come to campus to prepare for the start of the fall semester.
  •         Because students will have already registered for classes, they’ll be able to focus on their orientation to campus, including personally-relevant tours and information sessions.
  •         Because students will have already received their housing assignments, they’ll have opportunities to connect with others living in their same hall, see room layouts and better plan for what they’ll need for move-in weekend.
  •         In addition, they’ll be able to learn about the UND programs/services available as well as “take care of UND business” such as financial aid, U Card, etc.

If you have any questions about UND Orientation Days, please reach out to Kristi Okerlund, Director of Student Involvement & Parent Programs, at 701.777.6468 or