SD BOR Policy

Board of Regent housing policy (Housing 3:6, Section C.1.) as stated in the South Dakota Mines Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog and referenced below.

Students who are enrolled at a university for a minimum of six (6) on-campus credits are required to live in on-campus housing during the first two (2) years following their high school graduation.

Institutions may grant waiver exceptions to the housing requirement based on the waiver exceptions. Waiver exceptions to the housing requirement will ordinarily be granted:

  • To students who are married
  • To students with dependent children who reside with them
  • To students who reside full-time during the academic year at the primary residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a designated radius determined by each institution
  • To students living in Greek housing who have met campus housing release requirements
  • To students who are non-degree seeking
  • When residence hall occupancy exceeds manageable capacity 
  • To students who hold a currently valid written certification regarding the medical use of cannabis. For purposes of this section, a written certification is a document dated and signed by an authorized practitioner, stating that in the practitioner’s professional opinion the patient (student) is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of cannabis to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptom associated with the debilitating medical condition.
  • At the discretion of the institution, after considering the individualized circumstances and determining that the circumstances merit a waiver.

If you are planning to live off-campus during your first or second year at South Dakota Mines, be sure you are exempt from this policy. To request an exemption, complete the online exemption request form to start the process.

Why? National studies show that students who live on-campus during their first and second year of college do better academically and socially.  They typically have better grades and are more likely to graduate.  At South Dakota Mines, first and second year students who lived on campus during the past five years on average earned GPAs that were at least 0.1 points higher than first and second year students living off-campus.



Residence Life Staff Applications
Information Sessions Begin January 25
Applications Open January 27
Visit the Residential Education Hiring Page

New Student Housing Sign-Up
Application Opens February 13
Visit the New Student Sign-Up Page

Lottery Numbers Emailed
Sent to emails on March 1
For returners required to live on campus

Spring Break - Traditional Halls Close
March 11 - March 19
Details available here

Returning Student Housing Sign Up
March 20 - March 26 varying by group
Returning Student Housing Selection

May Closing
Halls close at noon on May 6
5pm on May 7th for graduating students