Chadron State College
Chadron State College

FAQ's:Signing Day and New Student Orientation (NSO)

Why should I attend a Signing Day event?

Attending a Signing Day session is a great time for students and their guests to visit campus to finalize enrollment for the fall semester and take care of business. Students who attend Signing Day arrive for New Student Orientation better prepared than students who choose not to attend. You will already have your schedule finalized (and you will do it early so classes are still available). You avoid long lines at the Student ID booth because you will take your photo at Signing Day and just have to pick up your ID at NSO. You will understand your financial aid and bill, so you will have no surprises when August rolls around. You will have made a connection with an Academic Advisor and other students, so your first few days on-campus and in the classroom won't be as intimidating.

By attending a Signing Day you will take care of a lot of the "work" you need to do to be a student. This allows you to enjoy the activities planned at NSO and for you to better absorb the information we present during the NSO sessions - which can be overwhelming anyway. You don't want to worry about all the other stuff AND learn how to be "an Eagle" all in one weekend! Give yourself a break and attend a Signing Day.

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Why should I attend New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is REQUIRED for all new students (incoming freshman AND transfer students). This is where you will learn the ins and out of what it means to be an Eagle and what we expect of you while you are a student at CSC. During Orientation you will:

  • Move-in to your residence hall.
  • Meet with faculty members from your academic departments.
  • Get to know your classmates and our staff of Eagle Leaders (current CSC students).
  • Attend helpful and information-packed sessions about campus expectations, issues, policies and procedures.
  • Pick-up your parking permit.
  • Pick up your Student ID (hopefully you already took your photo at Signing Day!).
  • Make last minute changes you need to your class schedule.

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How do I register for Signing Day and NSO?

You will register for BOTH events when you complete the Ready to Register form. You will find this form on the Signing Day/NSO HOME page. You will choose a Signing Day date on the Ready to Register form. You will automatically register yourself for NSO, but also have the option to register two guests before submitting the form.

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What if I can't make it to a Signing Day event?

You are highly encouraged to attend a Signing Day event - see "Why Should I attend a Signing Day event?" If you simply cannot make it to any of the dates we have planned, please indicate that on the Ready to Register form.

Once you have selected the "cannot attend" option and submitted your form, you can schedule an individual visit to campus before you arrive for NSO. Please contact our Campus Visit Office at 308-432-6233 or select a date online at Visits are scheduled on weekdays and we ask that you give at least two weeks advance notice to allow time for planning. When scheduling, please make sure to mention that you could not make it to a Signing Day and you are scheduling this visit in lieu of attending an event.

If you are unable to make the trip to campus during the summer, the START office will  complete your registration and notify you via your EagleMail account when your schedule is ready to view. We highly encourage you to contact the START office once you have received this notification if you have questions regarding your schedule and/or the status of your account in general.

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Should my parents/guardians attend?

Absolutely! There are sessions designed specifically for parents/guardians at both Signing Day and NSO, and we encourage their attendance at both events. (Besides, they are usually good help when you move-in to your room!)

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What about siblings, children and/or friends?

You are welcome to bring a total of two guests to NSO, and we prefer only two guests for Signing Day as well. The sessions require your full participation and the content of the sessions may not be appropriate for small children.

Signing Day Guests: You do not need to register guests for Signing Day and there is no additional fee for guests at Signing Day.

NSO Guests: You can register two guests for NSO, which are covered as part of the $100 Orientation fee assessed to your Fall CSC Bill. You will register these guests on the Ready to Register form. All guests must be pre-registered by AUGUST 1.

Additional NSO Guests: You can register additional guests, using the Additional Guest Registration form. You will be charged $40 for each additional guest you register over the age of 7. All guests must be pre-registered by AUGUST 1.

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How do I make changes or cancellations to my guest registrations?

All guests who attend NSO must be pre-registered by August 1.

Changes/additions/cancellations/refunds will not be accepted or processed after August 1.

Guests who are not registered will not be able to participate in the NSO sessions, meals or activities.

Both the Orientation fee and fees for additional guests are flat-rate fees. Fees cannot and will not be prorated if students and/or parents/guests choose not to attend any portion of the event.

Changes/Cancellations: Students can make changes or request cancellations via email before August 1. Requests should be emailed to Please use your EagleMail and include your name and NUID on all requests.

For further details regarding guest registration, please click the Guest Registration Information tab.

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When are Signing Day events, what do we do and how long will it last?

Registration for each event closes a week prior to the event. Students MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND.

Freshmen 2016 Signing Day Dates:
Friday, April 15
Friday, April 29
Friday, June 17
Monday, June 27

Transfer 2016 Signing Day Dates:
Friday, April 8
Friday, June 10

Please click the Signing Day event details tab for a general event schedule. Event specific agendas and information is sent to your EagleMail and home mailbox starting a month prior to the event. Event reminders and updates are also sent to EagleMail.

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What if my major has changed?

CSC uses the major you listed on your Ready to Register form for the purpose of building your schedule and academic advising. We also use this to determine which academic group you will meet with during Signing Days and New Student Orientation. On the Ready to Register form, you are asked to describe your career goals so that we can ensure the major you have chosen best fits your career intentions. HOWEVER, your official major (listed in MyCSC) is determined by the major you listed when you applied for admission.

Official Major Changes: We will begin accepting official major change requests during NSO in August - but not before. Again, for the purpose of the scheduling building and NSO, we used the information you put on your Ready to Register form. Students can officially change their major during the One-Stop-Shop at NSO or by visiting the START Office after that point. You should make sure your official major is correct by September 30.

Major Changes after submitting Ready to Register: If you have decided to change your major after submitting your Ready to Register form, please contact the START Office via email ( Provide your name, NUID and the new major—and a little information about what you plan to do with that degree is helpful too. The START Office will make sure your major is updated for the purpose of schedule building, Signing Day and NSO. You will still need to go through the official major change process as outlined above at NSO.

We hold off on officially changing majors until August because . . . well . . . students tend to change their minds. And they tend to change their minds more than one time. By waiting until August, we hope to eliminate multiple major change requests. Also, this gives students some time to get used to being a college student, before they decide what they want to be for the rest of their lives.

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When is NSO, what do we do and how long will it last?

New Student Orientation begins on Thursday, August 18th, 2016. You will have most of the day to check-in for NSO, move into your residence hall and get settled. You can check-in and move-in any time after 8:00 a.m. MST. There will be time to finish any last minute business and a few sessions planned in the afternoon, leading up to a big Welcome and Pep Rally at the football stadium. A meet-and-greet barbeque and NSO on Bordeaux (a community event with a band, dancing and lots of fun) follows that evening. Friday, August 19th is a full day of important programming, sessions and activities - be ready for a little bit of information overload! You will have a chance to relax at a picnic hosted that evening by CSC's president. Many faculty and staff will be in attendance too. Registered parents/guests are encouraged to attend events both Thursday and Friday. Activities and events for students continue throughout the weekend. Parents typically depart late Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning. A complete agenda will be available online will be mailed to you, approximately a month prior to the event.

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If I have specific questions during NSO, will offices be open to assist me?

Hopefully you are able to attend a Signing Day session, so many of your questions will have already been answered before you arrive at New Student Orientation. For last minute business during NSO, our One-Stop Student Services will be open in the Student Center on Thursday. Financial Aid, Parking Passes, Veteran's Affairs and Student ID's will be available for most of the day. Advising and registration services are also provided to students needing to make schedule changes. On Friday, Student Services return to their regular campus office locations and office hours (7:30 - 4:30 MST). The Business Office will be open both days from 8:00 - 4:00 MST to take payments.

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What should I do prior to arriving on campus?

  1. Make sure you can access and navigate your MyCSC and EagleMail accounts. The only place to view your financial aid, billing statements, class schedule and To Do list, is via your MyCSC account. Information about work-study, online courses and informative emails will be sent to your EagleMail account only.
  2. Prior to NSO, contact your roommate to get to know them and decide who is bringing what. Room placement and roommate information is sent to students starting in June. If you have questions or concerns about Housing, please contact them directly at 308-432-6355 or visit the Housing webpage.
  3. Request to join "Class of 2020" Facebook group to get to know other classmates in your residence hall, major or with similar interests. We will also post important updates and notifications.
  4. Watch your home mailbox. We will send several communications to you and your parents/guest in the mail. It is important that you read everything we send and call us if you have questions.
  5. Have a plan to pay your CSC Fall Bill. Your bill will be generated in July and you must have a plan to pay it by the deadlines as stated by the Business Office.

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What do I need to know about living on campus and when do I find out where I live and who my roommate is?

Housing sends information about living on campus, your room assignment and roommate information over the summer, usually beginning in June. You are encouraged to contact your roommate over the summer and to get to know them before you move-in. If you get the feeling that this may not be the best roommate match, you should let the housing office know right away so they can attempt to find you a new roommate before you move-in. For more information about housing, visit the Housing website.

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What about lodging?

Parents/Guests will need to make off-campus lodging arrangements. You are encouraged to book your lodging early. Also, you may want to consider extending your stay to take advantage of some of the outdoor activities and attractions Chadron has to offer. Check out the Hotel and Community Information tab for more information.

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What is there to do during the evening hours of NSO?

We have activities planned during the evening hours and we promise, they are fun. You are encouraged to attend these events as they are a great way to make friends and get involved in campus programming right away. We will start to send more information about the "fun stuff" planned for NSO as the event approaches.

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Do I need to bring money?

Yes, for a couple of reasons. First, your CSC Fall Bill needs to be paid in full by the end of the second week of classes. It is best to take care of it early. You can either pay online or in person at the Business Office. Check out the Business Office website for payment plan information. You may also need money if you want to check out some of the restaurants and shopping in town, and the Eagle Pride Bookstore will be open for you to purchase books, gifts, and CSC apparel.

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