BISMARCK, N.D. - It's been a long campaign season, stretching back more than a year. Now, with only 42 days until election day, the two major party candidates will finally share the same stage.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will have 45 minutes each to share their views, broken up into six 15-minute "pods."
Debates can make or break a candidate and energize a base.
That may be a tough task for two candidates who are some of the most unpopular of all time.
Some of the biggest work they have to do will be with young voters.
College students understand the value of education, which is why many say they'll tune into the first debate.
"I think it's important for people to know what's going on around our country and know what candidates are going to do what, to figure out which one you're going to pick," said Lakin Grahl, BSC student.
For many millennials, the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is a tough pill to swallow.
"It's not very good. I mean, the two candidates are not two people that I would expect to have been in this election, but, I mean, they are," said Dante Berrios, BSC student.
"Considering it's my first year to vote, I don't think we get very good options, which kind of sucks," said Larissa Kaiser, BSC student.
It's even keeping some away from the polls.
"In my opinion I think that voting for Trump or Hillary is kind of a waste of time I guess," said Mia Brunelle, BSC student.
To win over undecided voters, observers say the candidates need to make very different statements.
"(Hillary Clinton's) resume as a former First Lady, a former Senator from New York, former Secretary of State, have really put her in a position where she's really one of the most qualified people ever to seek the office of the presidency, and I'm hopeful that will come across tonight in the debate," said Tim Purdon, Hillary for America volunteer.
"(Donald Trump) needs to come across as presidential. He's been rather casual on the campaign trail and I think people want to see him coming across as being in command and in charge and capable of leading the country. So I think that's one thing he needs to do, and I think he can do it," said Shane Goettle, ND Republican national committeeman.
Of the four students we talked to, two say they're voting for Trump, one was undecided, and one says she's staying home. None said they're voting for Clinton.