Information for Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  This begins a whole new phase in your life — pretty soon you'll be getting ready for college! We hope to make this transition as easy as possible for you by providing the information and preparation you need. 

Be sure you use the New Student Checklists as you prepare to be a student at Mines.

New Student Checklists

When you're getting ready for college, there's a lot to think about and a lot to do.  New students should follow our New Student (Interactive) Checklist, to stay on track and make sure nothing essential gets missed.

We have non-interactive (but still really useful!) Standard Student Checklists for transfer students or pre-admitted freshmen:

Housing and Meal Plans

HOUSING:  Visit the Residence Life website for the information you'll need on SDSM&T Residence Halls — Connolly Hall, Palmerton Hall, and Peterson Hall — plus information on off-campus housing too.

NOTE: Undergraduate students are assigned to a room with roommates based on the information provided in the housing application. Housing applications are accepted starting February 18, 2015 with a preferred deadline of June 1. House assignments will be emailed to all new students via their Mines email address in mid-June. More information on residence life and housing application are available on the Residence Life website:

MEALS: The Dining Services website has information about dining on campus, including meal plans and costs.



The ACT COMPASS test is a national test used by many universities, technical schools and community colleges. The ACT test is the required initial test used to place students who attend a South Dakota regental university into their mathematics and English courses: A student can be placed in classes via the ACT sub-scores for math and English, or, for more accurate placement, using the ACT COMPASS test. Students who need to take the COMPASS test should sign up for and attend a COMPASS Day on schedule an appointment to take closer to home.

Find more information on COMPASS testing, including where it can be taken, dates, preparatory materials, FAQs and more.



In 2007, the South Dakota Legislative passed a bill requiring students enrolled in post-secondary institutions to furnish evidence of immunity to selected diseases. Every student (graduate and undergraduate) admitted to a post-secondary institution - public or private – in the state of South Dakota, who meets established criteria, must demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Find more information on specific immunization requirements in our Campus Life section of the website.


Orientation/Welcome Week

All new students will need to attend an Orientation prior to the start of the semester to help prepare them for the challenges they may face their first year of college.  There are orientation sessions for parents as well and we encourage parents to attend if they can.  In addition, a variety of fun Welcome Week activities help students get acquainted with the campus and with other new students.