Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is orientation important?

A: It is vital to the success of a college student to become acclimated quickly to their surroundings and expectations which is what orientation weekend is designed to do.  You will very quickly learn about campus, you will know where everything is and meet many new faces.

Q: What is the orientation fee for?

A: Orientation costs for new students are covered by the New Student Orientation Fee.  This $50 fee is charged to your account and is non-refundable.  This fee will cover all of the scheduled activities and events during orientation weekend.

Q: I can’t come to the orientation weekend sessions.  What should I do?

A: All incoming students are expected to attend orientation, if you are unable to attend, please contact our office at (701) 483-2088 or by email at  We can then schedule you for an online orientation (that isn’t nearly as fun!)

Q: Are parents/families allowed to attend orientation weekend?

A: Parents are welcome to attend the “Parents Say Goodbye” session on Friday afternoon and then welcome to eat dinner with their students that night.  After the dinner, the remainder of the weekend is for new students only to ensure they acclimate to college life.

Q: I am a Student Other Than Average (SOTA).  What sessions should I attend?

A: Orientation Weekend is designed for all new students on campus.  There is also a special session just for SOTA students on Friday afternoon beginning at noon followed by a carnival for SOTA students and their families.  

Q: I live off campus, do I need to attend Orientation Weekend?

A: Yes, of course you still need to attend!  The programs planned for the weekend are to encourage all students to get to know each other and to learn the campus and adjust to being a college student.  The skills learned during the weekend aren’t just for the students living in a residential hall.  Please come to campus to check-in between 11am and 2pm on Friday.  The first session you will need to attend begins at 4pm.

Q: What are OWLs?

A: OWL stands for Orientation Weekend Leaders.  They are students specifically selected from the DSU campus who are the model examples of being a successful student on our campus.  They have helped plan the events happening throughout the weekend and will be around all weekend as team leaders.