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My Virtual NSO Checklist — First-Time Students

Steps to take before Virtual NSO

This section currently under construction. Check back for updates closer to your scheduled NSO session.

Register for Virtual NSO

Choose an available NSO date now.

Consider Technology and Accommodations Needs


The majority of Virtual NSO will take place via Zoom. This platform works best with a desktop or laptop equipped with a webcam and microphone. A stable Internet connection and usable bandwidth are important, too. Please contact us at 605-688-6283 or NSO email with any concerns you have regarding your ability to participate. 


ADA Statement:  SDState strives to ensure that physical resources, as well as information and communication technologies, are reasonably accessible to users in order to provide equal access to all. If you anticipate or encounter any accessibility issues, you are encouraged to immediately contact Office of Disability Services at 605-688-4504, Nancy Crooks, or Disability Services.

Get Familiar with Your Online Accounts

1. Start with MyState, your storehouse for personal account and campus information (pro tip: keep your username and password close by). 

2. Activate your Jacks email account (check it often).
Note about DUO: All Jacks email accounts will be secured with DUO, a multi-factor authentication service meant to keep online accounts safe. Students will be prompted to set up DUO upon logging into their Jacks email.  

3. Download Zoom apps. This videoconferencing program is available for PC and mobile.

4. OPTIONAL: Reset your SDState password if you're experiencing trouble logging in. For further assistance call 605-688-6776.

Schedule Your Advising and Registration Appointment

1. Details on how to schedule your appointment will be sent to your Jacks email about one week before your selected NSO date.

2. To schedule your appointment, you will likely use ConnectState, which is a portal inside MyState. Please follow the directions in your Jacks email, as there may be differences among academic colleges.

3. Appointments will be held via Zoom; however, you may request phone advising if necessary.

Prepare for Advising and Registration

1. Complete the NSO Pre-Advising Form.

2. Consider interests that may impact course registration, including Honors CollegeAir Force or Army ROTC, Summer Bridge, Division I Athletics and Performing Arts

3. Review your NSO Profile on MyState. Find the NSO Profile button at the bottom of the My Current Profile section. Let us know if you notice anything inaccurate, particularly your planned major, test scores and contact information. Use "NSO Profile" as your subject line.

NOTE: Transfer credit, dual credit, and/or PSEO credit will not be reflected on your NSO Profile. If you have earned any college credit already, make sure to let your advisor know during your appointment.

4. Send all final, official high school and college dual credit or PSEO transcripts to Admissions.

5. Send all relevant, official test scores to Admissions (ACT/SAT, AP, CLEP, transfer credit, Smarter Balanced, Accuplacer, DANTES, IB, etc.).

6. Review the Academic Advising Guide Sheet for your major(s) requirements.

7. Review the SGR (aka general education requirements) in the SDSU course catalog.

8. Use the transfer credit evaluator to determine if and how your post-secondary credit transfers to SDState. Please note that this may not be a comprehensive list of all credit that may transfer. The final, official evaluation of transfer credit will be completed by the Registrar's Office.

Review Costs, Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

1. Optional: Complete the Privacy Release Form, which authorizes staff to discuss your financial aid with parents/family members.

2. If you completed a FAFSA, access your award letter through your Financial Aid Self-Service portal in MyState.

3. Visit the Financial Aid at NSO page for information about costs and financing your education. You can also schedule a 1:1 meeting (coming soon) with a Financial Aid representative. 

4. Visit our Rabbit Food financial aid resource page for additional tips and deadlines.

5. Review 2020-2021 tuition and fees rates. You can also view the Cashiers Office presentation to learn about billing procedures and payment options. 

Get Your Housing Assignment

Check your Jacks email for your housing assignment toward the end of May or beginning of June. If you haven’t yet applied for on-campus housing, learn more and apply today.

Complete the CSI

The College Student Inventory survey is intended to help you and your advisor identify your strengths and potential challenges as you enter your first year at SDState. All first-time college students must take this survey prior to classes starting.

Prepare for Your Virtual NSO Session 

1. Learn the basics of being a Jackrabbit. The Jackrabbit Basics section of the My Virtual NSO Resource Folder has answers to a lot of common questions about your transition to SDSU. Review the information and take note of any additional questions you'll want to ask at Virtual NSO.

2. Decide which live info sessions you want to attend during NSO. See the schedule for details on presenters.

3. Make plans to visit with campus representatives at the Virtual Resource Fair. See the schedule for more details.

4. A note for families: Advising appointments are intended for students. Outside of that, we welcome family members to join in on the information-gathering fun beginning at 8:30 a.m. on your student's scheduled date. Students, please be sure to share appropriate schedules and links with them prior to your session.

Steps to take during Virtual NSO

Attend Virtual NSO on Your Scheduled Date

The NSO experience will begin at 9:00 a.m Central. Please check your Jacks email for specific Zoom links prior to your session date. You can view the full schedule here.

Please note: Zoom links will not be posted publicly. You will need to check your Jacks email for access.

Connect with Orientation Leaders

You’ll have an opportunity to interact with OLs throughout your NSO session. Following your academic college meeting, spend time in the Zoom room, introduce yourself, and ask your student-perspective questions of our Orientation Leaders.

Keep in mind that you can return to this room anytime throughout your Virtual NSO session. OLs will be available until 3:00 p.m. (tentatively).

Steps to take after Virtual NSO 

Meal Plans

Chances are you selected your meal plan when you applied for housing. To verify, change or sign up for a plan, open your housing application in MyState.

Visit the Jacks’ Dining webpage to see meal plans, locations and menus, and more.


We require proof of two MMR vaccinations. Use your NSO Student Profile to verify that the Student Health Clinic has your immunization records. Your profile is available on MyState. From the dashboard, scroll to "My Current Profile" and click the "View NSO Profile" button at the bottom. Find "Proof of Immunizations Needed" toward the top. If it states "Yes," click the link above to learn more.


Submit your proof of insurance to the Student Health Clinic and learn about health insurance billing.

MyJacks Card

MyJacks Card online photo guidelines. To submit your photo, refer to the email from Card Services containing a photo submission link - this email will be sent about a week before your scheduled NSO session. We want to make sure to have your card printed and ready for you when you arrive in the fall, so please submit your photo as soon as possible.

Billing and Payment

View your account information and pay your bill through your Student Account Self Service portal in MyState. The Cashiers Office will begin posting bills at the end of July.

Optional:  Review available payment plan options.

Parking Permit

Purchase your campus parking permit (available late July) via your MyState account.


Purchase or rent your textbooks from Jackrabbit Central, SDState’s Bookstore (starting late July).

Learn more about the First Day Access program, which allows students immediate access to their course materials, in digital format, by the first day of classes. 

Important Dates

Save these dates! 

Meet State Move-in: Please continue to check your Jacks email for information on move in and Meet State welcome activities, though below are the highlights for each day.

August 20: Move-in Day

August 21: ThumpStart

August 22: Student Engagement Expo (SEE)

August 23: First day of fall classes 

Add these calendar links to your favorites: 
SDSU Academic Calendar
SDBOR Academic Calendars

Attendance Confirmation

Prior to the first day of classes, complete attendance confirmation on MyState to save your spot in your registered courses and to release your financial aid, if applicable. Available beginning mid-August.

Additional Resources

Visit the My Virtual NSO Resource Folder now and later for videos, links and other information about services and resources available to all Jackrabbits.