Congratulations on your admittance to MSUM! There is lots to do during and before your first day of class. There is a well made web page here that has all of these steps nicely laid out in the order that you should do them. (I’ve embedded links to several websites and pages that are useful. Save this page so you can remember what to check and where.)
The first thing you need to do is get yourself a StarID. Make sure you remember what it and your password are. You will need this often on campus and on several websites. There are several ways to activate your ID, but the most common way is to enter your tech ID. When you were admitted to MSUM they gave you a 8 digit code, your tech ID. Look back through any paperwork or emails we have sent you to find this number.
The second thing you need to do is complete a FAFSA. You should have done this already if you wanted money in the forms of scholarships, grants or loans. Based on need and availability, the school will give you some help.
The third step can wait for a while. You just need to sign up for a new student orientation date. At the orientation they will talk about campus life and getting involved. They will also help you register for first semester classes. Before you come to orientation, go to eservices. Click on grades and then Interactive Degree Audit Report (DARs). This shows you if you are on track to graduate or not. It breaks down your degree and shows you what classes you still need to take. Look through the prerequisites for the classes in your major. They may require you to take all of them in a certain order or to take one or two before the rest open up.
You also need to make a financial commitment 15 days before the start of the semester. This is just to make sure that you are serious about coming. If you fail to set up a way of paying by that deadline, you will be dropped. No housing, no classes, nothing. Do it as soon as possible.
Something that you are likely to forget is PETSA training. This is a short course on sexual violence you have to take at the beginning of the year. You cannot take it before the start of the school year, so don’t forget before then.It can be found in D2L Brightspace under course (more on D2L later) .
This part is important. Some students don’t realize they got a new school email and miss homework assignments, labs or lectures. I didn’t know about it, so I didn’t know that my first two weeks of a class had been canceled, causing a lot of unnecessary stress. Check your Dragon Email often, about twice a day if your a good student. Teachers can keep you in the loop this way.
If you are a veteran or a family member is, you need to contact the Veteran’s resource center. There are several benefits that you may be eligible for.
This next step is optional and new. If you want to be called a different name, you can have your name changed in the school’s system and on your ID. This may be because a student has a nickname or alternate name they prefer. This helps the student get called that name consistently and to make the campus a more inclusive space.
This next part bites. You need to find and buy your textbooks. At this website click the buy that is highlighted in red. If you got there early enough, there is an option for pick-up ordering. Do that. It’s so much easier. If you didn’t make there in time, find the red link underneath the large red text that says you missed the pick-up option. Open up a second window at this point and go to eservices again. Click courses and registration and then the tab review my schedule. Now in the bookstore tab you can look up the text books you need using the information from the eservices page (subject, #, and instructor). Write down all of the books you need. IF you didn’t select pick-up, you’ll need to do it yourself. The textbook store is located beneath the bookstore in MacLean Hall. If you’re lucky the prices will be low. If you’re not, you’ll get hit by two or three $300 textbooks for one semester.
One last thing the school is going to spring on you is that you need to submit your immunization records. It used to be on the checklist, but they removed it for now. Go here to fill it out. If that link doesn’t work, click here and then the link online immunization forms.