Lifelong Learning - Visitor Pass Program

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology strongly promotes lifelong learning!

To provide the community with a lifelong learning opportunity without many of the hassles of regular university enrollment, we offer the Visitor Pass Program.

Through the Visitor Pass Program you can:  

  • learn JUST for the sake of learning
  • learn without the pressure of completing assignments, projects or taking exams
  • have the opportunity to learn at a reduced cost
  • observe a university class on a space available basis 

Program Information

Guidelines for the Visitor Pass Program

To Participate You Must:
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
  • Complete the Visitor Program form available online or at the Registrar & Academic Services Office, (RAS)
  • Sign up for class visitation two weeks prior to the class start date, (Visitors may participate in both graduate and undergraduate courses with the exception of laboratories) Download registration form.
  • You can ‘visit’ up to two courses per semester
  • Check into parking permits, (additional information on parking is listed below)
  • No proof of immunization needed! 

Things to consider: 

  • You cannot be currently enrolled in courses offered by any of the six state regental institutions  
  • You cannot currently be under suspension or expulsion from any of the six state regental institutions  
  • You cannot have credit transcripted for a visited course through any validation means, e.g. CLEP, credit by exam, etc.   
  • Visitors will be bumped if the class fills with students who are taking the class for academic credit. Those registered last will be bumped first.  
  • Financial Aid is not available   

How to Get Started

Form and Fee:
  • Complete the Visitor Pass Program Form (click here) and submit it to the Registrar's Office, room 201 in the O’Harra Bldg, (You do not have to provide proof of immunizations)
  • The fee for the program is $100 a semester, per course, and is payable on the first day of the course or up to one week prior
  • You will receive a photo id that will include your name, “Visitor Pass” designation, and the semester you are approved to attend. (Not applicable for library or wellness/fitness center admission) 
  • Parking a vehicle on campus requires a parking permit
  • If the course you visit meets after 3:30 p.m., you do not need to purchase a parking permit; however, you must obtain a white permit from the Facility Services office. It must be displayed in the front window of your car and allows you to park in any non-resident parking after 3:30 p.m. (Facility Services is located in the Physical Plant.)
  • If your class meets before 3:30 p.m., you must purchase a standard red permit, per semester.  (Contact Facilities for further information:  605-394-2251)
  • Respect the parking zones, fire-lanes and handicap parking
 Full Refund If:
  • You decide not to attend the class(es) within 10 calendar days of the start of the semester, there is a FULL refund*
  • Bumped visitors WILL receive a full refund*
  • The class is canceled due to low enrollment visitors WILL receive a full refund*
*If any of the circumstances listed above happen, you must surrender your ID card at the Registrar's Office

  • Respect the parking zones, fire lanes and handicap parking
  • The pass does not permit use of the library or wellness/fitness center
  • To earn credit you must subsequently register for the course, pay the required tuition and fees and meet all established requirements.

Registrar's Office               
O’Harra Building, Room 201
Phone Number: (605) 394-2486 
Fax Number: (605) 394-1268    
Alexa Jutila

Office of the Registrar

O'Harra Building, Room 201

Office Hours

Academic Year:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: (605) 394-2400
Fax: (605) 394-1268

Registrar's Office
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