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New Student Orientation - April 2015

We are excited you are joining the Concordia community!

To help make this important transition in your life a success, we invite you to campus for New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is designed to complete your class registration, learn more about financial aid and share information about campus life. Your family is welcome and encouraged to join you as our guests*.
*Due to space, we request no more than 2 guests per student.

Registration for NSO will open soon. Please check back!

Before Orientation

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

Your $100 tuition deposit officially reserves your spot in the incoming class and is required to register for classes. Please ensure this deposit is paid prior to your orientation date.

You can pay your deposit online, in person, or by mail.

Send Your Housing Application and Payment

In order to receive your housing assignment at orientation, your completed housing application as well as your housing down payment must be received prior to your orientation date.

Students Entering Concordia in Spring 2015:
To request campus housing for the 2014-15 academic year, apply immediately.

If you do not plan to live on campus, you must complete and submit the Petition to Live Off Campus.

When applying, review the Housing Agreement and complete and return the Housing Application with a down payment of $125 (non-refundable after December 1, 2014). Submit payment online, in person, or by mail. The housing application will not be processed without payment.

Students requiring any accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services at as soon as possible when applying for housing.

Submit the Immunization Form

Minnesota State law requires proof of immunization. You will not be allowed to register for classes until the required documentation has been submitted.

Visit CSPConnect

CSPConnect is Concordia University's student portal and is a secured community communication tool that allows you to access customized information tailored to your role as a student. It is where you can view your grades, manage your finances, and view outstanding items. You will be using CSPConnect often as a student, so we encourage you to get familiar with it now.


Orientation Toolkit

Orientation Schedule

8:00am Check-In
Continental Breakfast
Student Services Showcase
8:30am University Welcome
8:50am *Students – Math Placement Exam
*Parents/Family – College Transitions
9:30am Chapel
10:00am Information Session
11:00am Information Session
12:00pm Wrap-Up/Drawings
12:15pm Residence Hall Tour (optional)

Information Sessions

  • * Students – Academic
  • * Parents – How can I help my student succeed?
  • Financial Aid

* Concurrent sessions

Orientation Parking

Complimentary parking is available in multiple places on campus. For this event, you are encouraged to park in campus parking lot A.

  • Lot A is located on Concordia Avenue, approximately 1 block east of Hamline Avenue

Additional parking is available in Lot B, Lot E, on the city streets (adhere to posted parking restrictions), and all additional campus lots.

Once parked, follow posted signs to the Pearson Commons for check-in.

Student Account Access

Visit our Account Access website to obtain your student account information. 

General Education Requirements

A useful booklet to assist you in selecting courses before you attend orientation.

Math Placement Exam Information

The mission statement of the Department of the Mathematics states the department "contributes to the Concordia community by encouraging recognition and understanding of math in the world around them." To do that, we employ a Math Placement Exam to help accurately gauge what math class a student should start with so they can be successful at the Concordia.

The thirty-minute math placement exam is usually administered on the day of your orientation. The exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions evaluating math skills from the list of provided topics to be answered without the aid of a calculator. The exam will be scored immediately and used in conjunction with your transcripts and ACT scores to help the math department decide your eligibility to register for the required math courses.

Below you will find links to the Math Placement topics list, practice questions, and the solutions to the practice questions. If you do not do well on the exam, we do offer a retake opportunity. Please let us know how we can help you be successful in the math requirements at Concordia University, St. Paul.

The Math Assessment can be retaken to improve placement during the first week of classes each semester or by appointment with Sarah Jahn ( or Rob Krueger (

Faculty and Students: Here is the math course prerequisite flow chart to help you in the advising process. Let us know if you have any questions.


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