New Student and Family Programs/Orientations

Welcome to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology!
For first-time and transfer students, there's a lot to absorb. You're in a new place, meeting many new people, getting ready to start "the rest of your life." We try to make this fun and informative for you, with lots of support along the way.

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New Student Orientation

Orientation helps prepare you for the challenges you will face during your academic career here at SD Mines. All new students will need to attend an orientation prior to the start of the semester. We have several orientation programs to meet the needs of a diverse group of students that joins Mines each semester. (We even have orientation sessions for parents.) Information for the Spring 2017 Orientation is available now. Find your program below:

First-Year Programs

It is important to get connected to campus, and we have many events and activities to help you get acquainted. New students are encouraged to check out our Welcome Week and Adventure Weekend pages for more information.

Parent and Family Programs

Parent's and Family members play an important role in a student's college experience. We've created a Parents-Family webpage for parents, guardians, and other family members. Information about Parent and Family Orientation as well as Family Weekend is located here.



By providing individualized support that emphasizes academic success, personal development and growth, New Student and Family Programs strives to ensure students and families are successful in their transition to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology