• New Student Checklist

First Year Programs

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  • New Student Checklist

    All new MSUM students need to complete and/or be aware of the following tasks to ensure a successful transition into MSUM.

  • You may have already activated 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: Activate your StarID account or retrieve a forgotten StarID username 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).

    Optional Action Required: Complete and submit the Information Release & Authorization form.

    This document authorizes the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid to release information about your financial aid to other university departments that may need it for business purposes and to outside agencies that require it to determine if you're eligible for aid. It also authorizes the university to credit remaining funds to cover any miscellaneous charges billed to your account.

    Before meeting with your advisor and registering for classes, be sure to closely review your Interactive Degree Audit Report (DAR). This report, available through eServices, shows the progress you've made toward fulfilling your degree requirements. You'll see completed and in-progress courses, transfer credits and courses not yet completed.

    Action Required: Refer to page 10 & 11 in the eServices New Student Handbook to assist you in locating your DAR and instructions on how to read your DAR in eServices. Please locate the following areas on your DAR to ensure they are accurate:

    • Your major/area of study at the top of your DAR.
    • Test Scores, if applicable, will be listed at the beginning portion of your DAR.
    • Transfer credit work received and evaluated by MSUMs Registrar, if applicable, will be listed under Test Scores.

    If you do not see a particular test score or an institution you have received credits from reflected in these sections, MSUM Registrar has not received official transcripts from institution where the credits were earned or from the testing site in which the test scores were obtained.

    Action Required: Freshman, Transfer, and Online or Offsite students will need to register for New Student Orientation to receive academic advising and register for classes.
    Returning or Readmitted students will need to contact the Academic Support Center.
    Special or Non-Degree Seeking Students refer to page 4 of the eServices New Student Handbook to register for your classes. 

    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 on the first day of classes.

    Review the Tuition and Fees information. Please pay particular attention to Instructions to file for reciprocity if applicable and important deadline dates to pay your tuition and fees.

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

     As soon as you've registered for your courses, eServices will show the tuition and fees you owe for the semester. Refer to page 14 of the eServices New Student Handbook for instruction on viewing your tuition and fees in eServices.
    Action Required for Students Eligible for Reciprocity: File for reciprocity.   
     Optional Action Required
    : Complete and submit the Information Release form.

    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.

    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 cancelations 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.

    Minnesota State Law requires that all students born after 1956 and who are enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota must verify proof of immunization against tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. To do this, simply self-report the dates on which you received immunization.

    Action Required: Complete the Online Immunization Form using your StarID and Password.

    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.

    Please be aware Fall 2016 parking permits will not go on sale until this summer. 

    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.