Housing Information 2021-2022

The University and Residence Life recognize the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on what campus living looks like this fall. Our department has been working on changes to procedures and practices that actively and intentionally promote the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Housing for Students Required to Live On Campus
Residence Life offers housing to all freshmen and sophomores required to live in campus housing.  In accordance with South Dakota Board of Regents policy, all students who graduated from high school in 2020 or 2021 are required to live on-campus during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please explore this section to learn more about housing options available.

Housing for All Upperclass and Graduate Students
Residence Life offers Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  Please explore this section to learn more about upperclass housing options.

Changes to On-Campus Living 

In addition to measures that will be in place through the University, Residence Life continues to develop plans to promote student health in the halls. Some of the adjustments to policy and procedures may include:

  • Increased surface and facility cleaning with EPA-registered disinfectants, equipment, and materials
  • Promotion of physical distancing best practices in all designated areas, including lounges, study rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens
  • Adaptations to guest policies and procedures
  • Changes to hall occupancy and room-type availability (see below)

Room-Type Availability and Occupancy Changes 

In preparing for the Fall semester, multiple changes to room availability may be made. We hope our changes and options make you feel more comfortable. Some rooms in various halls have been reserved to accommodate possible quarantine and isolation needs of our residents.

For students required to live on campus:

We have reduced the occupancy limit for several rooms housing multiple residents to promote the safety in our communities. 
These reductions will be located in Palmerton, Connolly, and Howard Peterson Halls. We have changed a number of some double-occupancy rooms to “Doubles as Singles” - rooms housing only one student. 

As a result:

  • There are a slightly more limited number of quads, study/deluxe quads, triples, and doubles.
  • Students will be placed into regular occupancy or reduced occupancy spaces based on availability.  


July 31 
New Student ID Photos Due via Checklist

August 19
New Student Move-In Day

August 20-22
Returning Student Move-In

August 23
First Day of Classes

August 23
First Day of Classes

December 16 (Noon) - January 8 (7:30am)
Residence Halls Close for Winter Break

March 12 (Noon) - March 16 (8am)
Residence Halls Close for Spring Break
Rocker Square Apartments Do Not Close

May 7 (Noon)
Residence Halls Close Summer Break
Graduating Seniors can depart until 8th @ 5pm