Information for Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to South Dakota Mines. 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 Checklist as you prepare to be a student at South Dakota Mines.

New Student Checklist

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 Checklist (below), to stay on track and make sure nothing essential gets missed. 

New Student Checklist

Housing and Meal Plans

HOUSING:  Visit the Residence Life website for the information you'll need on South Dakota Mines Residence Halls — Connolly Hall, Palmerton Hall, Peterson Hall, Placer Hall, Rocker Square I, and Rocker Square II — plus information on off-campus housing too.

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



The ACCUPLACER 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 ACCUPLACER test. Students who need to take the ACCUPLACER test should register to take the test on the South Dakota Mines campus or schedule an appointment to take it closer to home.

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



In 2007, the South Dakota Legislature 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. (Visit our Orientation webpage.)  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.


Scholarship Awards at South Dakota Mines

Requirements for Consideration

  • • Must be an accepted freshman student by January 15 for priority consideration

Criteria Reviewed

  • • Highest ACT/SAT composite
  • • Highest ACT/SAT math subscore
  • • Cumulative GPA
  • • High school coursework

Types of Scholarships Available

  • • Presidential Scholar- $8,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
  • • Gold Scholar- $6,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
  • • Silver Scholar- $5,000  (renewable for 3 additional years)
  • • Copper Scholar- $3,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
  • • Miner Scholar- $2,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)
  • • Hardrock Scholar- $1,000 (renewable for 3 additional years)

Award Letters

  • • Mailed out mid-February
  • • Must accept/reject scholarship offer by May 1


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