Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Fall Orientation mandatory?
You'll quickly learn that college is what you make it. There are numerous benefits of attending Fall Orientation. Students who attend Fall Orientation activities are better prepared to succeed at Concordia and have more social connections than those who do not attend. The Orientation faculty mentors often expect attendance and may even consider it part of their course curriculum. For these reasons, Fall Orientation participation is highly encouraged, although it is not mandatory.
Fall Orientation activities are planned with new students' needs in mind. Everything during Fall Orientation is designed to help you become more comfortable, more confident and more likely to have a positive transition to college life. You'll meet many other new students as well as upperclassmen and faculty. You'll also learn about resources, expectations and tips to be academically successful. We hope that you will take advantage of Fall Orientation activities because they are the best way to begin your college experience.
2. When may I move into my residence hall and will I have any help?
Residence halls open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. You should plan to go directly to the residence hall to which you are assigned. Those who live far away, participate in fall sports or have unique circumstances may be able to move in early. To inquire about early move in, contact Residence Life at 218.299.3872.
While moving your belongings into your room is the responsibility of you and your family, there are frequently volunteers who may assist you Aug. 29. You should plan to have everything moved into your room by around 2 p.m., as the opening ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m.
3. Will offices be open on move-in day?
Representatives from the Admissions, Business, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Payroll, Registrar, and Student Affairs offices will be available to assist you 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in Lorentzsen Hall.
4. When will I receive my college ID?
If you will be living on campus AND you have already had your ID photo taken, you will receive your ID when you check into your Residence Hall. If you will live off-campus, you must pick up your ID with the Dining Services representative 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in Lorentzsen Hall or any other day at the Dining Services office in the Campus Center. If you have NOT had your ID photo taken, you will need to have your photo taken 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in Lorentzsen Hall or any other day at the Dining Services office in the Campus Center.
5. How long may my parents stay?
Parents are asked to depart campus shortly after the opening ceremony, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Orientation clubs will form at 4 p.m.
6. Do fall athletes need to attend Fall Orientation?
Fall athletes arrive early and form close bonds with other teammates. It may seem like you don't need Fall Orientation activities as much as those who just arrived on campus. However, it is strongly encouraged that ALL new students attend Fall Orientation activities. Fall Orientation planners have collaborated with coaches to make sure that your schedule is balanced and you are getting the most out of both Fall Orientation and team activities. The bonds you will make with teammates are important, yet they are somewhat limited because they are with a smaller number of people and mostly of the same gender. Fall Orientation activities will allow you to connect with a more diverse group of people. Also, the people in your Orientation club will share two or more classes with you, so it is beneficial to get to know them early on.
7. Do I have to read the Summer Read?
The Summer Book Read will be discussed in your Orientation Club with your faculty mentor, Orientation leaders and other new students. The discussion will be the first of many intellectual conversations you'll have in and out of the classroom at Concordia. In most cases, your faculty mentor will also be one of your first semester course instructors, so you'll want to make a good impression by getting your first assignment done and participating in the discussion.
8. How can I get a parking permit for my car?
Parking is free at Concordia, but you must register your automobile and have a parking permit. Parking Services allows you to apply online for a permit and provides all the information you need about parking lots, policies and more.
9. Can I order my textbooks online?
Yes. It is convenient to purchase your textbooks online at the Cobber Bookstore. Online textbook ordering is available from July 15 to Aug. 18. Of course, you may purchase books, supplies, Cobber clothing and gifts in the store, too. A large selection of used textbooks will be available in the Cobber Bookstore during Summer Orientation in June. For added convenience, you may charge your textbooks to your Cobber ID account, which appears on your tuition statement.
10. Will I have time to get to know my roommate and floormates during Fall Orientation?
Yes. There will be some residence floor meetings and activities during which you'll meet other floormates and your Resident Assistant (RA). Take the time to really get to know them and your roommate, as you'll be spending a lot of time with them in your home away from home. Your RA will also inform you about the community policies of the residence hall that keep the halls safe and comfortable for everyone.
11. What will my mailing address be?
Each student receives a campus post office box. Your post office box number will be available on CPort. Your address will be: Your Name; Your Campus PO #; Concordia College; 901 8th St. S.; Moorhead, MN 56562.
12. When will I receive my housing and roommate assignment?
The Office of Residence Life will send a new student letter to you in mid-July. This letter includes important information including your housing assignment, roommate, how to contact your roommate and your room phone number.
13. I have lost my e-mail username and password. What should I do?
You should have received a Concordia e-mail username and password shortly after your acceptance as a student. If you have lost this, contact Pam Miller.