Becoming Enrolled

Once you have applied and been admitted to the college, there are a few steps you need to complete in order to become enrolled as a student at Normandale. We recommend you complete these steps as early as possible. The number of steps you will need to complete will vary depending on your student type. 

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us at

Follow These Steps:

StarID and Normandale Student Email

Every Normandale student is assigned has a StarID.   The StarID is 2 letters, 4 numbers, then 2 letters (example: ab1234cd).   If you applied on paper, you have been assigned a StarID when  we processed your application.     

The College has also provided an email account to you. Your Normandale email is the College's primary means of communication with you. Normandale will use this account to send your student information that is protected by data privacy laws.  Important notices and information about registration, tuition payments, financial aid, and much more will also be sent to this address on a regular basis.    It is important that you access this account.  Please check this account and your personal email account frequently for updates.

You will need your StarID and Password to access your Normandale student email account. 
Click on Instructions for Star ID and Email for a short tutorial on how to activate your StarID or reset your StarID password and then access your Normandale student email.  If you need assistance, please contact the Normandale ITS Helpdesk at 952-358-8181.

StarID Self Service Web Site


Course Placements (formerly Placement Testing)

Prior registering for classes, all new students need to complete assessment for course placement.  This is a process to determine a student's readiness for reading, writing, and mathematics courses. It is used to assist a student with the selection of appropriate courses to help assure a student's success upon entering Normandale. To ensure the health and saftey of our students, we have temporarily suspended placement testing.  Instead, there are a number of other methods we are using to determine course placement:

        High School GPA

        ACT, SAT and MCA score reports

        Advance Placement (AP)
        College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

        Completion of college-level coursework from an accredited college 

We will contact you if we need additional documentation to determine your course placement.  Go to to learn about course placement and how submit documentation.  We request that you submit all documents to as PDF files.  

New Student Online Orientation (formerly Advising and Registration)

A New Student Online Orientation is available in Desire to Learn (D2L) our online learning system.  When your course placements are complete, you will receive email notification that you are automatically enrolled in this class and will be  able to access the orientation at any time. Once you complete the online orientation you will be able to register for your classes and schedule a follow-up appointment with one of our academic advisors in case you have additional questions. While there isn’t a deadline to complete your orientation, we highly recommend completing this as soon as you are able. The longer you wait, the fewer classes will be available and the harder it will be to find a schedule that works well for you.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete FAFSA

All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or the Minnesota Dream Act application each year to establish eligibility for federal and/or state grants, loans and work study.

Complete information on how to apply for financial aid is available on the Financial Aid and Scholarship website.

If the college has not received your financial aid application results by the payment deadline date, you will need to make other arrangements for payment of tuition, fees and books. Your options include cash, credit card or the Nelnet Payment Plan. Your expenses may be reimbursed with the receipt of financial aid later in the term.

Pay Your Tuition and Fees

Tuition payment deadlines occur throughout the enrollment cycle based on the date your register.  If the college has not received your FAFASA (financial aid application) results by the due date, your tuition and fees must be paid or have a deferred payment option in place.   For information on additional payment dates as well as all financing options available to help you in meeting your tuition and fee obligations, please visit the Normandale website at 

You may be dropped from classes if you have not made payment in full or payment arrangements by the established payment deadline.