Concordia Connections - Orientation

Orientation Options:
Sat. April 21 | Mon. June 18 | Mon. August 13
8:30am – 3:00pm

Learn what it means to be a Concordia student and officially launch your Golden Bear career!

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 Orientation.

Orientation is designed to finalize your class registration, complete your financial aid process, and learn important details about campus life. Your family is welcome and encouraged to join you as our guests.

Shortly after you RSVP and submit your tuition deposit you will be invited to start the class registration process. Your academic advisor will be in touch via email with next steps. Class registration is finalized at Orientation.

Complete These Items Before Orientation:

1. Submit Your Tuition Deposit

Admitted students are required to make a $100 tuition deposit to reserve their place in the entering class and register for classes. The deposit is applied to your first semester tuition at Concordia and is not a separate fee.

The deposit is non-refundable after May 1, 2018.

*Detailed online payment instructions can be found under the Orientation Toolkit below 

2. Start the Class Registration Process

Shortly after your RSVP and tuition deposit are received, you will be contacted via email by your academic advisor to begin the registration process for your fall semester classes.

Please reply to their email in a timely manner and work with your advisor to address any questions you may have. Your class schedule will be finalized with an advisor at Orientation.

3. Review Housing Information - On or Off Campus

Students Living On Campus

To be placed in an on campus residence hall, please complete and submit the housing application along with the housing down payment (non-refundable after May 1, 2018).  The housing application will not be processed without payment.

Students Living Off Campus

First-year students are required to live on campus unless living at home with a parent or guardian.  If you meet this criteria you must submit the Petition to Live Off Campus in lieu of the housing application.

Transfer students (students with college credits post high school) planning to live off campus are exempt from submitting any housing materials including the housing application, housing down payment, and petition to live off campus.

Students Requiring Housing Accommodations

Students requiring any accommodations should complete the housing accommodation form and contact Student Accessibility Services at as soon as possible when applying for housing.
The deadline for accommodation requests is May 1 for fall term and December 1 for spring term.

4. Submit the Immunization Form

Minnesota state law requires proof of immunization. You will not be allowed to enroll until the required documentation has been submitted.

5. Login to CSPConnect

CSPConnect is Concordia University’s student portal and is where you can register for classes, view your grades, manage your finances, and view outstanding items.

You will be using CSPConnect at Orientation, so you’ll need to set up your account prior to this event.  To do so:

  • Visit
  • Within the “Sign In” box, enter the following information:
    • User Name: Your username is the first part of your CSP email address (ex., username is student)
    • Password: Enter the last four digits of your Concordia ID number (provided in your acceptance letter) and your full birth year
      • For example, if your Concordia ID number is L00987654 and you were born in 2001, your password would be 76542001
  • Click the Login button
  • You’ll be taken to a page that will ask you three security questions which will be used to authenticate you when you attempt to reset your password.
  • After going through these steps, you can reset your password anytime to something of your choosing

Your password will allow you access to CSPConnect and is what you will need to remember and have with you at Orientation.

Orientation Toolkit

Orientation Parking

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

  • Lot A is located on Concordia Avenue, approximately 1 block east of Hamline Avenue
  • Lot B is located on Hamline Avenue, approximately 1 block south of Concordia Avenue
    *You may park in any metered or visitor spot without a permit
  • Lot E is located on the corner of Concordia and Hamline Avenues

Additional parking is available on the city streets (adhere to posted parking restrictions) and all other campus lots.

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

Orientation Schedule
8:30amCheck-In – Pearson Commons
Student Services Showcase
9:15amConcordia Overview
9:45am-11:45amRotating Sessions
– Academic Overview
– Faculty Meetings
– Bear Necessities
11:45amLunch with CSP Community
12:50pmStudent and Residence Life Overview
1:30pmStudent and Family Breakout Sessions
– Students: Residence Life
– Family: Speaker
2:15pmOrientation Wrap Up
2:30pmOptional Sessions:
– Residence Hall Tours
– Academic Advising Meetings
– Choir Auditions

Schedule is subject to change.

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam is available to any student who wishes to change their math placement score (determined by your ACT). If you are interested in taking this exam, please contact Academic Advising at and review the practice materials below.

Make a Payment (Tuition Deposit and Housing Down Payment)

Follow these steps to submit both your $100 tuition deposit and $125 housing down payment online.

  1. First time users: Set up your Concordia network account
    Information regarding your username and the password you will use to set up your account will be emailed to you a few days after you are admitted
  2.  Login to CSPConnect (Concordia’s student portal) with your username and password
  3. Select the “Financial Aid Information” tab
  4. Select “Tuition and Fee Payment Online” (in the right hand column, Payments box)
  5. A new window will open called CASHNet.  Select “Click here to make a payment”.
  6. Select your payment (Tuition Deposit – Undergraduate, Housing Deposit, or both)
  7. Select your term of entry and Add to Shopping Cart
  8. Proceed to Checkout
Academic Calendar

View Concordia’s academic calendar to see deadlines, important dates, and campus closures.

Questions about Orientation?

Contact your admissions counselor or email with any questions regarding this event or enrollment at CSP.

Orientation Options

Students enrolling at Concordia in Fall 2018 will be invited to attend one of three orientations taking place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    *for incoming first year students 
  • Monday, June 18, 2018
    *for first years and transfers
  • Monday, August 13, 2018 
    *for first years, transfers, and adult undergraduate nursing students

Questions before your invitation arrives?  Contact your admissions counselor or

Attending Orientation is mandatory for enrollment.

The $100 tuition deposit is required to register for classes.