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NSO Checklist

Take these steps to help yourself prepare for your NSO experience. Most of these items apply to all students who are new to SDSU, but a few of them may be specific to those students who are transferring to SDSU, while others may be specific to students who are first-time college students. If applicable, a note will indicate to which audience - FIRST-TIME or TRANSFER - the item applies.

Steps to take before NSO

Register for NSO

Choose an available NSO date now.

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

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 ROTCDivision 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 advising and registration.

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.  

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

5. Review 2021-22 tuition and fees rates. More information about tuition, fees, and billing will be provided at NSO. 

Get Your Housing Assignment

Check your Jacks email for your housing assignment. If you haven’t yet applied for on-campus housing, learn more and apply today.

FIRST-TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY: Complete the College Student Inventory (CSI)

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

Steps to take during/after NSO

Attend NSO on Your Scheduled Date

All NSO sessions will take place in the Student Union Volstorff Ballroom. See the session schedules on the main menu for details about each session.

What to Bring

We strongly encourage students to bring a laptop or tablet enabled with Wifi for course registration. Copies of transcripts for any college credit earned that hasn't already been submitted to SDSU will be useful during course registration. An umbrella can be helpful, as travel between buildings will be required. Also, temperatures can fluctuate between buildings, so layered clothing can be helpful.

Connect with Orientation Leaders

Wondering what it's like to be a Jackrabbit? Which meal plan to choose? What it's like living in the residence halls? Ask one of our Orientation Leaders during your session.

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 (page to be updated summer 2022) 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. Immunization records can be sent via email to or fax 605-688-6450.


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. You'll have the opportunity to take a photo at NSO if you didn't get it done prior to attending. 

Please note that starting spring 2022, all new students will be issued a mobile ID only (unless student has an ineligible mobile phone). 

Billing and Payment

View your account information and pay your bill through your Student Account Self Service portal in MyState. 

Optional:  Review available payment plan options.

Parking Permit

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


Purchase or rent your textbooks from Jackrabbit Central, SDState’s Bookstore (available in late July for online ordering).

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! 

Friday, August 19: New student move-in day

Saturday, August 20: Yellow, Blue & You (academic preparation and SDSU traditions)

Sunday, August 21: Student Engagement Expo (SEE)

Monday, August 22: First day of fall classes

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