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Before NSO Steps

Send in your ACT/SAT scores and any transcripts from other institutions including Dual Enrollment and university credits. Bring a sealed copy of your final transcripts to your NSO Session.


Every new incoming ISU student must complete The Write Class. This 10-20 minute placement course must be completed prior to enrolling in an English class.


The ALEKS test is designed for students who have not completed a college-level mathematics course or are unsure of what course to enroll in.

For first-time ALEKS test takers who are ISU students or who have applied to ISU, the ALEKS Math Placement test is offered free of charge.  You can take the exam up to 5 times at no cost. 

Non-ISU affiliated students and those seeking to take the exam after exhausting their free exams will be charged $20 for the ALEKS test (access to the ALEKS website for up to 5 attempts on the ALEKS test), as well as a $15 cash/check fee per proctored test.

  • For students located in Pocatello - please call 208-282-4907 for an in-person testing appointment.
  • For students located in Idaho Falls - please call 208-282-7962 for an in-person testing appointment.
  • For students located in the Meridian area - please visit the Meridian Testing Center Website
  • If you are not located in Pocatello, Idaho Falls or Meridian please call our office at 208-282-2130 to get set up with remote proctoring.

The ALEKS test is designed to have students practice topics in a Learning Mode between each test.  For more information visit the ALEKS website or the Testing Center.

  • For questions about ALEKS or to schedule please call 208-282-4907.



Please regularly check your ISU email. All important university updates will be sent to this account.

To connect you with campus resources Download the ISU Navigate Student App


Complete Pre-Orientation Module

Please Complete the Pre-orientation modules before you register for an NSO date. You will use your ISU credentials to log in.



If you have questions about the ISU Module, please call 208-282-2100 or email us at nso@isu.edu.


Complete Safe College Courses

Completion of the Safe Colleges module is required before class registration and will help encourage you to consider your role in making ISU a safe place to live, work, and study.

Once you have logged into Safe Colleges, please complete the “Alcohol and Other Drugs” and “Clarifying Consent” courses.

Safe College