Students + Involvement @ NDSCS = Success

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With the first few days of classes at NDSCS under our belts (whew!), now is the time to remind your family member about all that NDSCS has to offer. We want all of our students to be excited about this new chapter in their lives!

When it’s time to close the books and take a break, we encourage students to get involved—to do something, be active and have fun! There’s something for everyone at NDSCS, no matter what your family member’s interests or hobbies may be. From cars and choir, to cupcakes and comedians…we’ve got everyone covered!

Opportunities at NDSCS

5 Reasons to Get Involved

  1. Meet new people!
  2. Build your resume.
  3. Learn new things while discovering your passions and strengths.
  4. Learn time management skills.
  5. Become better connected to NDSCS.

Orientation & Welcome Week begin August 22 at NDSCS!

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In just one day both New Student Orientation and Welcome Week will kick-off at NDSCS!

We’re excited to welcome your student to campus and want to encourage friends and family to be a part of this exciting time as well. That’s why we’ve included numerous events on both Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 for families to take part in.

Below is a general snapshot of what will be taking place this weekend:

Saturday, August 22 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • BBQ Lunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 12-5 p.m.
  • Root Beer Floats on The Oval: 2-4 p.m.
  • Wildcat Willie Photos on The Oval: 2-5 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours: 2-5 p.m.
  • Bean Bag Toss on The Oval: 2-7 p.m.
  • Free Picnic on The Oval: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Kettle Corn on The Oval: 7-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movie: 9 p.m. – Furious 7

Sunday, August 23 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • President’s Brunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • First-Year Student Orientation: 1 p.m.
  • Street Dance in Lot 14: 9 p.m.-midnight

Monday, August 24 (Wahpeton)

  • Business Expo on The Oval: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Lunch with Wildcat Welcome Teams: 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.
  • New Student Department Orientation: 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Classes Begin: 4 p.m.
  • Pizza with the Ministerial Association on The Oval: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. M-State Fergus Falls, BAC: 7 p.m.
  • Outdoor Glow Volleyball on The Oval: 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26 (Fargo)

  • NDSCS-Fargo Student Open House: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more detailed information about Wahpeton Welcome Week & New Student Orientation events and activities click here.

See you this weekend! Go Wildcats!

The Inside Scoop: Living on Campus

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Let the countdown begin!

With summer speeding to an end, and fall just around the corner, your student will be starting college before you know it!

New student move-in on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus will take place on Saturday, August 22. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. in the residence hall that your family member will be living in.

To help you and your student get a jump-start on the organization and packing process, we’ve created the following list of necessities no college student should leave home without.

  1. Linens: Stock up on a mattress pad and sheets, blankets, comforters or quilts. Don’t forget the pillows!
  2. Towels: Bring several sets of towels in an assortment of sizes. Chances are the laundry room won’t get visited too often.
  3. Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream… Don’t forget a toothbrush/toothpaste!
  4. Laundry Essentials: All residence halls are equipped with laundry machines for when your family member doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Just be sure to remember HE detergent and/or PODS.
  5. Fan: Bring a small fan. Not only will it help with airflow, it will also come in handy for blocking out noise.
  6. Microwave: When time is short and appetites are high, this little machine can work wonders. A microwave with 800 watts or less is acceptable in all dorm rooms and a serious necessity.
  7. Computer: All residence halls have wireless Internet access for students who bring computers, laptops, tablets, etc.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and soda cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat your student to a meal that doesn’t consist of Ramen noodles. Bring one that’s no larger than 4 cubic feet.
  9. Pictures/Picture Frame: While this item isn’t on the official list, what better way for your family member to remember you and their home then with a family photo? It will almost be like you’re right there with them.

Well, there you have it. The top 9 items to bring to college. NDSCS classes start Monday, August 24, so you still have time. Bring on the shopping!


Money-Saving Meals at NDSCS

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Whether your student will be living on or off campus at NDSCS this year, signing up for a dining plan is the way to go. Why mess with buying groceries or doing dishes when meals are available right on campus? It’s easy and affordable and will save your family member the time and trouble of making their own meals.

Student Center Dining Options

  • Flickertail Dining Room: Serving traditional, cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now open 7 days a week!
  • Campus Connection: Quick-service restaurant and convenience store offering Wildcat pizza, burgers, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, beverages and more.

 Paying For Meals 

  • Choose from 4 dining plans, ranging from $766-$1,945 per semester.
  • Wildcat Bucks or Dining Dollars.
  • Cash, check or credit.

Other Dining Services

  • Eat in or call ahead to take out a freshly baked Wildcat pizza.
  • Go online to view the weekly menu.
  • Order a care package for your student (sign me up for the Survival Package!).

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a dining plan and leave those frozen food dinners in the freezer. Eating on campus can be surprisingly affordable, plus it’s a great way to catch up with friends.


Take the Tour at NDSCS!

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Is your student ready to experience the full collegiate experience close to home on a two-year campus that’s unlike any other in the upper Midwest?

Not only does NDSCS provide an affordable way to earn an education, we cater to our student’s needs and wants, offering almost everything you would find at a 4-year college. This is what sets NDSCS apart from the typical two-year college. Plus, we truly care about our students’ success—both in and out of the classroom.

Discover the Possibilities at NDSCS

  • Participate in a Campus Tour and check out our Residence Halls, Student Success Center, Academic Buildings and more!
  • Set-up a time to chat with specific departments and get the inside scoop on programs that interest your family member.
  • Visit with program staff about admission information.
  • Learn about partnerships and programs offered through industry partners.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our website today, request more information or schedule a visit to tour our Wahpeton campus or NDSCS-Fargo location. Questions? Contact the Enrollment Services office at 800-342-4325.

If your student is ready to get in, get out and make their success the Wildcat way, they belong at NDSCS!

NDSCS Classes Start August 24!

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Let the countdown begin! In just over one month classes will once again be kicking off at NDSCS!

While summer is regrettably speeding to an end, there’s still plenty of time for your college-aged student to enroll for the Fall 2015 semester.

Click here to check out our complete listing of academic options. We’ve got something for everyone! And don’t forget to view our career videos on the NDSCSWildcats YouTube channel.

Worried about getting your family member’s application in on time? Don’t be! We make the application process seamless – so sit back, relax and let us take care of your student. We’ll be pulling for their success – all they have to do is go after it!

Apply Today!

Free NDSCS-Fargo Open House Sessions!

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Is your student interested in taking classes at the Fargo location? If they’re trying to decide if they should return to, or begin college encourage them to join us for an Open House session at NDSCS-Fargo.

Our free come-and-go sessions are open to the public and will focus on NDSCS-Fargo and Online program options, curriculum and class schedules, tuition costs and financial aid, the application process and any questions. Current NDSCS-Fargo faculty and Enrollment Services representatives will also be on hand to answer questions. No pre-registration is required to attend.

So whether your family member is an adult returning to college or a brand new student, if they want to advance in their current position or are thinking about a new career, NDSCS-Fargo offers several practical program options for busy adults.

New courses being offered this fall at NDSCS-Fargo will include:

The NDSCS-Fargo Open House sessions will be held on the following dates at NDSCS-Fargo located at 1305 19th Ave. N. in Fargo, N.D.

  • Wednesday, July 15 from 2-6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7 from noon-5 p.m.

For more information please contact a Fargo Programs Representative at or 701-231-6935 or visit

New Course Offerings at NDSCS-Fargo!

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Is it time to take on more challenges, advance your career and earn a higher salary? Get the qualifications you need to get ahead in a competitive job market. NDSCS-Fargo Afternoon & Evening Education Programs offer several practical advantages for busy adults just like you.

New to the roster this fall at NDSCS-Fargo are 4 options:

Benefits of NDSCS-Fargo Afternoon & Evening Programs

  • Affordable. Competitive tuition rates and financial aid experts to guide you through the process of paying for college.
  • Attainable. Complete a certificate in one year OR an A.A.S. or A.A. degree in about two years.
  • Convenient. Classes offered various times of the week. Accelerated courses are taught in a face-to-face and online combined format.
  • Credible. NDSCS is one of the oldest public two-year colleges in the country.
  • Smart. Gain the skills and qualifications you need to earn a higher salary.

Campus Life at NDSCS

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Being a student at NDSCS is about studying hard and playing hard, meeting new friends outside of class and the lab, and getting involved.

Having fun along the way is just a given!

Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D., boasts a university atmosphere with over 30 affiliated student clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and numerous social activities.

Students also enjoy the option of living on campus at NDSCS in Wahpeton. Choose from six traditional residence halls or three apartment complexes. And whether your family member decides to live on or off campus, signing up for a dining plan is the way to go. Choose from four affordable dining plans and never worry what’s for dinner!

Is your student ready to experience the full collegiate experience close to home on a two-year campus that’s unlike any other in the upper Midwest? Then request more information or schedule a visit to tour our Wahpeton campus, located just miles from the South Dakota border.

Paying for College at NDSCS

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While the thought of paying for your student’s college education may seem daunting, the good news is we’re here to hopefully make it less challenging.

In fact, there are some great resources and checklists out there created to help us all stay a bit more organized in our crazy lives.

Understanding Financial Aid
If you’re like most families out there, financial aid is key in paying for college. But what is financial aid exactly? Financial aid is money to help pay for college including grants, work-study and low-interest loans. Aid can come from the U.S. federal government, the state or the college.

Grants vs. Loans
While grants do not have to be repaid (as long as your family member completes the enrollment they were paid to attend), loans do. Educational loans must be paid back with interest, regardless of course completion (just for fun, do the math—skipping one class could literally mean throwing hundreds of dollars away!). Generally speaking, students do not have to pay back a loan until they complete their education or stop attending at least half time, whichever occurs first.

Types of Grants & Loans

Award Information
This is important, so don’t skip it! Your student must accept or decline their financial aid award by following a few simple steps. Click here for detailed instructions. Basically, if your family member is a first-time loan borrower, they will need to complete entrance loan counseling and a master promissory note before any funds are released.

Other Helpful NDSCS Resources

Check out the following video to learn what the financial aid process could look like for you!