Concordia Connections - Orientation

Orientation Dates: April 23 | June 27 | August 8

8:30am – 3:30pm

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 complete your class registration, learn more about financial aid and share information about campus life. Your family is welcome and encouraged to join you as our guests*.
*Due to space, we request no more than 2 guests per student.

Shortly after you submit your RSVP 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.

Missed Orientation?

If you are an accepted student planning to attend Fall 2016 but are not yet registered for fall semester classes, please reach out to the academic advising office at or 651-603-6318 right away to begin the registration process.

Before Orientation

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

Admitted students are required to make a $100 tuition deposit to reserve their place in the entering class. 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, 2017 for Fall 2017 enrollment; December 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 enrollment.

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

Start the Class Registration Process

Shortly after your RSVP is received, you will be contacted via email by your academic advisor to begin the registration process for your spring 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.

Send Your Housing Application and Payment

In order to receive your housing assignment at Orientation, your completed housing application as well as your housing down payment must be received prior to your orientation date.

When applying, review the Housing Agreement and return the completed housing application with a down payment of $125 (non-refundable after May 1, 2017). The housing application will not be processed without payment.

First-year students are required to live on campus unless living at home with a parent or guardian. If you meet this criteria and do not plan to live on campus, you must complete and submit the Petition to Live Off Campus.

Students requiring any accommodations should complete this form and contact Student Accessibility Services at as soon as possible when applying for housing.

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.

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
  • 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

Schedule is subject to change.

8:30am Check-In
9:00am University Welcome
9:15am Academic and Financial Aid Overview
9:45am-11:45am Rotating Sessions
– Advising Information
– Faculty Meetings
– Bear Necessities
11:45am Lunch with CSP Community
12:30pm Chapel
12:50pm Campus and Student Life Overview
1:20pm Student and Family Breakouts
– Students: Campus Tour and Residence Life
– Family: Speaker and Resource Room
2:30pm Orientation Wrap Up

Residence hall tours, academic advising meetings and choir auditions will be held following Orientation for those interested.

Get to Know CSPConnect

CSPConnect is Concordia University’s student portal and is a secured community communication tool that allows you to access customized information tailored to your role as a student. It is where you can view your grades, manage your finances, and view outstanding items. You will be using CSPConnect often as a student, so we encourage you to get familiar with it now.

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.

  1. First time users: Create a password for your Concordia network account
    Your username and the PIN you will use to create your password 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 and Billing” tab
  4. Select “Tuition and Fee Payment Online” (in the center column, Payments box)
  5. Select your payment (Enrollment Deposit, Housing Deposit, or both)
  6. Select your term of entry and Add to Shopping Cart
  7. Proceed to Checkout