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ORIENTATION EXPRESS: COON RAPIDS

If you are a student who has been admitted to Anoka-Ramsey as a new general student or as a PSEO student, your next step is to complete orientation. At this time of year, orientation is made up of two requirements:

  1. Completion of Online Pre-Orientation.
  2. Attendance at an Express Registration Session.

Below you will find information on how to prepare for orientation, what to expect at orientation, and drop-down menus with the available dates/times we offer orientation. When you are ready, schedule your Express Registration Session by choosing an available date from the menu drop-downs below, and complete the online sign-up survey. 

Within 1 full business day of registering for your Express Registration Session, you will be emailed a link and instructions on how to complete your online pre-orientation. You are required to complete this online pre-orientation prior to your Express Registration Session.

How to Prepare for Orientation Express

  • Know Your StarID and Password.
  • Complete the Accuplacer or have qualifying ACT, SAT, or MCA results.
    • Need to schedule an Accuplacer or learn if your alternate scores qualify for placement? Click here.
  • If applicable, send official transcripts of prior college coursework or AP/IB scores to Anoka-Ramsey.
    • To request that your transcript be pulled from another MN State college: Click here and select the "Minnesota State Transcript Retrieval eform" link.
    • Students who do no have other college coursework do not need to complete this step.
  • Log into your Anoka-Ramsey Email Account and find your actual Email Address.
    • Hover over the "Current Students" tab at the top of Anoka-Ramsey's homepage with your mouse, and select the "Email" option in the drop-down menu that appears.
    • Your email username will be your starID, followed by @go.minnstate.edu
    • Your password will be the same as your starID password.
    • To find your actual outward-facing Anoka-Ramsey email address, click here and follow the steps.
  • Sign up for Star Alert.
    • Star Alert allows you to receive college closing or emergency communications to your email or phone. It is highly recommended that you connect either your phone or email to this message system.
    • To sign up, click here and follow the steps.

What to Expect at Orientation Express

We are so excited to meet you! Below is a sample of our schedule based 1) on if you have not completed your online pre-orientation and 2) if you have completed your online pre-orientation so you know what to expect for the day.

  1. If you have not completed your Online Pre-Orientation:
    1. Online Pre-Orientation Completion:
      1. Our admissions staff will help enroll you in the online pre-orientation and give you a computer and headphones, so you can review and complete the online pre-orientation.
    2. Advising:
      1. Once you have completed this pre-orientation, our admissions staff will meet with you, gather information about your placements, prior credits (if any), and goals for your education. Then they will provide you course recommendations based on your information.
    3. Registration:
      1. With your course recommendations, you will register for classes, receiving help from our admissions staff.
    4. Next Steps:
      1. Our admissions staff will outline your next steps to complete (ex: Financial Aid check, Photo ID picture, etc.), so you know what you need to finish prior to the start of the semester.
  2. If you have completed your Online Pre-Orientation:
    1. Advising:
      1. Once you have completed this pre-orientation, our admissions staff will meet with you, gather information about your placements, prior credits (if any), and goals for your education. Then they will provide you course recommendations based on your information.
    2. Registration:
      1. With your course recommendations, you will register for classes, receiving help from our admissions staff.
    3. Next Steps:
      1. Our admissions staff will outline your next steps to complete (ex: Financial Aid check, Photo ID picture, etc.), so you know what you need to finish prior to the start of the semester.

We hope that once you leave orientation, you have a schedule of courses for your next semester, and feel comfortable with your next steps at Anoka-Ramsey.

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