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Orientation for New Graduate Students
Welcome to graduate school and congratulations on your decision to earn your degree at the University of North Dakota.
To ensure our students begin their graduate careers as prepared as possible, we have put together important information to help you get started. Below, you will find links that you might wish to bookmark for later reference such as deadlines, handbooks and assistantship information.
Graduate assistants, please pay particular attention to the section of information guiding you to payroll and how to sign up for health insurance.
Join us on the UND Campus!
The School of Graduate Studies will also host an event open to all new students between 1:30pm and 5:30pm on Thursday 21 August. We will have an Information Fair represented by a number of key university offices and services, and bus tour for those new to Grand Forks, and a social event.
School of Graduate Studies Information
- SGS Important Dates & Deadlines
- Handbooks - Masters, Doctoral and Graduate Assistants
- Student Health Insurance
- SGS forms for current students
- Who should I contact in the School of Graduate Studies if I have a question?
- Graduate Student Association
- Graduate Student Listserv - we post information pertinent to our graduate student community including deadlines, announcements, events and assistantship opportunities. If you are not receiving the weekly listserv, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Did you change your address? Please remember to update your information with the School of Graduate Studies as well as on your CampusConnection account.
Important Information from other UND offices
- Graduate Student Financial Aid
- Register for classes -Navigating CampusConnection
- Student Account Services
- Financial Obligation Agreement - you will need to sign this before you can register for classes.
- View the video instructions for completing the Financial Obligation Agreement
- Fall Student Guide
- Health & Wellness
- Dean of Students Office - please pay particular attention to the section on academic dishonesty
- Alcohol Policy & UND
Graduate Teaching, Research and Service Assistants
The following is very important for Graduate Assistants. Please read carefully.
- You must first accept your assistantship appointment by signing and returning your appointment letter.
- Graduate Assistants - I-9 form and E-Verify. This MUST be completed prior to the graduate assistant beginning work.
- Graduate Assistant Health Insurance - this link applies to students with a Graduate Assistantship
- Harassment Training
- Graduate Assistants Handbook
- Disability Services for Students (recommended for Graduate Teaching Assistants)
- Office of Instructional Development (recommended for Graduate Teaching Assistants)
New Graduate Assistants are encouraged to contact their department prior to the start of the semester.
The School of Graduate Studies hosts monthly forums for Teaching Assistants to provide additional guidance on the classroom experience. Dates, locations and topics will be posted in the graduate student listserv.
- Claim my account - your NDUS identifier will provide you access to campus systems such as CampusConnection, Blackboard, Library proxy access and even campus WiFi.
- Register for courses through CampusConnection - Student Navigation & Tips
- Get my student ID card for checking books from the Library, dining
- and store purchases, events and more
- Student Email - all official UND emails are send to UND email accounts. Be sure to check your email frequently.
- Pay my bills - Student Account Services - in person or online through CampusConnection
- Access Blackboard
- Search the Chester Fritz Library
- Access the University Bookstore - find books, technology, gifts, apparel and supplies at the bookstore
- Access Disability Services for Students
- Get a parking permit - for students with a quarter time, or no assistantship
- Technical requirements for online programs
Dates & Deadlines
- SGS Important Dates & Deadlines
- University Calendar (includes dates for Registrar, Student Account Services & Student Financial Aid)
- Graduate Assistant Health Insurance enrollment period is August 9 - September 5, 2014. After September 5, you will not be able to enroll until Spring 2015.
- Communication Sciences & Disorders, Tuesday 26th August, 9am-11am, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
- Educational Foundations & Research: August 14th, 9am to 12pm
- Mathematics: Friday, August 22nd, 2pm-4pm & Monday, August 25th, 1pm-3pm, 309 Witmer Hall
- Public Health: Friday, August 22nd, 10am to 3pm, MPH Suite, 2370 SMHS Building
- Space Studies: Wednesday afternoon, August 20th to Friday evening, August 22nd. For more information contact Bev Fetter at Space Studies.
- Multicultural Student Services: Orientation is Monday, August 25th in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union from 9am and Welcome Picnic is Wednesday, August 27th at American Indian Student Services from 4pm. For more information, contact Dr Malika Carter, Director of MSS.
- Nursing: Masters student general orientation and DNP orientation is August 21-22.
Here are the First 5 Things You Should Do as a New Graduate Student
Step 1: Claim your NDUS Identifier
Your North Dakota University System (NDUS) identifier allows you to access a variety of systems including CampusConnection, Blackboard, your UND email, proxy access to the Library as well as campus wifi.
Step 2: Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement
The Financial Obligation Agreement must be completed in CampusConnection before enrollment in classes for Fall 2014 is allowed.
- Go to CampusConnection>Financial Obligation Agreement (under the Finances section)
Step 3: Enroll in your classes
Log in to CampusConnection to enroll in your classes. For a useful step-by-step guide, view the Add Courses drop down menu on this page. Do you need a permission number? Contact your department.
Step 4: Check your student email account
Important notices from a variety of University offices use your official UND student email. Be sure to check it frequently for updates, announcements and other important information.
Step 5: Student Health Insurance
And remember! If you will have a graduate assistantship this semester, you must read this important information about graduate assistant health insurance.
Students are required to self-enroll during the enrollment period in order to acquire health insurance.