• New Student Checklist

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  • Newly Admitted Student Checklist

    Whether you're a new MSUM student planning to attend courses on-campus or entirely online, the following list of items are essential for you to complete and/or be aware of to ensure a successful transition into MSUM.*
    *Items 4 and 13 are not essential for online students. 

  • You may have already claimed your StarID username and password if you applied online for admissions or housing at MSUM and/or have applied online to any other institution within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.
    Your StarID enables you to access eServices, which is where you'll register for courses, pay tuition, check grades, view transcripts and perform other vital tasks. It also provides access to many on-campus technology resources, such as Wi-Fi.
    Action Required: Claim your StarID or retrieve a forgotten StarID or password now.

    Financial Aid can help make your MSU Moorhead education more affordable. Visit the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid website for a summary of the steps in the financial aid application process.

    Action Required:
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Academic advising and class registration for all new students is done through New Student Orientation and Registration. This includes On-Campus and Online Learners.

    Action Required: Sign up for New Student Orientation and Registration.  

    To prepare for academic advising and class registration, it is important to closely review your Interactive Degree Audit Report (DAR) to ensure your academic record is accurate. This information will impact the advisor you are assigned to as well as the academic plan your advisor will recommend for you.

    Action Required: Review your interactive Degree Audit Report (DAR) in eServices and ensure your academic record reflects your intended major and includes any test scores and/or transfer credits you have taken prior to attending MSUM.

    • Please refer to page 10 & 11 in the eServices New Student Handbook to assist you in locating your DAR along with instructions on how to decipher your DAR.
    • If you do not see all of the information on your DAR that you feel should be accounted for and/or your major is incorrect, please contact MSUM Registrar at registrar@mnstate.edu or 218.477.2565. The Registrar may not have received your official transcripts and/or they are in the process of being evaluated.


    Research shows that incoming students who live on campus earn higher grade point averages and are more likely to stay in school and earn their degrees. All freshman students are required to live on campus during their first year at MSU Moorhead and all students that live on-campus are required to have a meal plan. For information about on-campus dining, please visit the MSUM Dining Services page, and view meal plan options and rates on the Housing webpage.
    Action Required: Complete the MSUM Housing and Dining Contract if you plan to or are required to live on campus and/or have a meal plan.

    We also offer new students the opportunity to join a Learning Community. You'll study with, attend classes alongside and live near other students who share a commitment to your major or have similar interests. Your Learning Community preference will dictate your building preference on the MSUM Housing and Dining Contract.

    Action Required: Complete the Learning Community Application if you plan to join a learning community.

    The deadline for making arrangements to pay your tuition and fees is 15 business days before the semester begins. It's critical that you make arrangements to pay your bill: otherwise you'll automatically be dropped from your courses.

    Review the Tuition & Fees information provided by Business Services. Please pay particular attention to the links for Instructions to file for reciprocity (if applicable) and IMPORTANT DEADLINE DATES to pay tuition and fees.

    Action Required: Make a financial commitment to pay your tuition and fees.

    After you've registered for your courses, eServices will show the tuition and fees you owe for the semester. Refer to page 14 in the eServices New Student Handbook for instructions on viewing your tuition and fees in eServices. 

    MSU Moorhead is working diligently to eliminate sexual violence in all forms. As a part of that commitment, all new students must complete the Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness (PETSA) online training course. This information session features a series of videos that deal frankly with sexual violence and related issues and provides resources for addressing them.

    Action Required: Complete the online PETSA training course. Please note that you will be unable to access this training in D2L until mid-August for fall admits.

    Dragon Email is the official method of communication for all university-related business. You'll receive financial aid award notifications, tuition and fee due dates, class cancellations and other important information through this account, so you'll want to check it frequently.

    Action Required: Access your Dragon Email now using your StarID username and password.

    Your Dragon ID Card is an ID card that provides access to many on campus places, resources and events, such as the library, after-hours access to campus buildings, printing services, free or discounted admission to athletic events and activities and much more.

    Action Required:
    On campus students can receive their Dragon ID Card during New Student Orientation or by going to the Dragon Card Office when you arrive on campus.

    Optional Action Require
    : Online or Offsite students not taking classes on campus are not required to have a Dragon Card but you have the option to requesting your Dragon Card after you register for your classes.

    The Veteran's Resource Center helps students who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces to integrate into university life through counseling, GI Bill certifications, and other assistance.

    Action required: Contact the Veteran's Resource Center if you are eligible to receive Federal military, veterans, or family member education benefits to assist you in receiving these benefits.

    The Disability Resource Center offers services and accommodations to students with disabilities and helps provide equal access for "otherwise qualified" individuals with disabilities.

    Action Required: Contact the Disability Resource Center if you have a documented disability that requires special accommodations.

    A preferred name is a name an individual wishes to be known as if this name is different from their legal first, middle, and last name.
     Optional Action Required: Learn more about and set a preferred name.

    If you plan to have a vehicle on-campus you will need a parking permit.

    Action Required: Register for a parking permit using your StarID and Password.

    After you register for your classes, you can purchase textbooks and course materials in person at the MSU Moorhead University bookstore, located in MacLean Hall, or online through the MSU Moorhead Bookstore website.