The NDSCS Guide to Living on Campus

By Sarah Hoffbeck

What to Bring for Your Dorm Room

Save the date! New student move-in on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus will take place on Saturday, August 23. 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 your family member probably won’t be doing laundry 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 student doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Imagine that… Just be sure that they’re well stocked with 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. Or laptops. Or tablets. Or whatever other gadget your family member is into these days.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and pop cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat them 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 student to remember you and their home by 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 25, so you still have time. On your marks, get set, shop!

NDSCS New-Student Move-In

Save Money and Live on Campus

By Sarah HoffbeckStay and Save

Are you living on campus at NDSCS this year? Why not save some money and live on campus again next year? Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the Stay and Save option and beat any price increases planned for the 2013-2014 academic year.

While both housing and dining plan rates are scheduled to increase at NDSCS next year, the Stay and Save program allows students to reserve this year’s room and dining plan rates for next year.

The final day to sign-up for Stay and Save is next Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Residential Life Office. Rooms will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis. To compare residence hall rates click here.

Choose from rooms in the following residence halls:

  • Nordgaard Hall
  • Robertson Hall
  • Schulz Hall
  • Walton Hall

Forkner Hall, Riley Hall and the on-campus apartment complexes do not qualify for the Stay and Save rate, but students may still reserve rooms in these buildings during this time.

Choose from the following dining plan options:

  • 300 (19 meals/week)
  • 225 (15 meals/week)
  • 160 (10 meals/week)


Don’t delay – apply today and save money! Fill out the Stay and Save Form at and return it to the Residential Life Office by next Friday, March 22.