Frequently Asked Questions

General  |  Registration and Fees  |  Dining and Housing  |  Technology Services  |  Student Financial Services  |  Academics and Testing  |  Arrival, Check-In, Check-Out  |  ADA Services  |  Family Orientation Program


Who is in charge of the Rocker Ready program?
-Rocker Ready is a collaboration between  the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement office and Student Success Center also known as SLICE. Meet the SLICE Staff here. Meet the Student Success Center Staff here.

Who are the First Year Mentors?
-First Year Mentors assist and serve as a role model for new students and their families in their transition to South Dakota Mines. Students selected for this position help facilitate a successful first year experience by believing in and supporting the mentee through guidance, advice, resources, and sharing of his/her own experience while fully encouraging the mentee to participate in Rocker Ready Weekend, Welcome Week Activities and Campus Events.

Will there be time to explore campus?
-New students will have the opportunity to explore campus during the on-campus Rocker Ready program.

Where can I find a map of campus?
-You can find an interactive campus map here.

Is there a bank/ATM on campus?
-We currently have two ATMS on campus. One is located on the main level of the Surbeck Center outside of the Rocker Shop, and the other is located in the Classroom Building.

Where is the bookstore and what are its hours?
-Our campus bookstore is called the Rocker Shop, and it is located on the main level of the Surbeck Center. More infomation about the bookstore, including hours and payments accepted, can be found here
Bookstore Hours:
August 14, 2020 (7:30 am-4:00 pm)

August 15, 2020 (8:00 am- 4:30 pm)
August 16, 2019 (10:00 am- 4:30 pm)
August 17, 2020 (7:30 am- 4:00 pm)
August 18, 2020 (7:30 am- 4:00 pm)     

Where can I find information about purchasing textbooks?
-You can find an array of information on purchasing text books here

Registration and Fees

How do I register for Rocker Ready?
-All incoming students will be registered for Rocker Ready weekend once they complete their course registration on their interactive checklist. You can access the Interactive Checklist here.

How much does Rocker Ready Weekend cost?
-There is no cost to attend Rocker Ready Weekend. Students’ lunch is covered by your meal plan. (Those students without meal plans may pay cash or credit for meals.)

Do I have to attend?
-Yes. Rocker Ready Weekend is mandatory for all new students and is your first opportunity to learn more about South Dakota Mines, and prepare yourself to be academically successful at South Dakota Mines. Exceptions will be made in Emergency situations. Students must call the office of New Student Programs at 605-394-2336 if you are unable to attend to make sure you get the needed information before you arrive in the fall.

Dining and Housing

Are meals provided?
-Student Meals are covered by your meal plan. For students not on meal plans, your Breakfast and Lunch on August 18 will be covered. Students who are not on meal plans will be able to pay cash or credit. 

Where can I learn about meal plans and dining?
-Information about dining and meal plans will be part of the online orientation

What is Grubby Gold?
-Grubby Gold is money you can load onto your student ID card which can be used to purchase items at various locations on campus and the Rapid City community. Note: Grubby Gold is the ONLY way to do laundry on campus. To see locations where Grubby Gold is accepted both on and off campus, and to add money to your Grubby Gold account, visit here.

What should I bring to my residence hall?
-The Residence Life staff has compiled a list of items that you should/can bring with you as well as what is provided in your residence hall room. Visit this website for more information.

Technology Services

Information about technology services is included in the online orientation.

Student Financial Services

How do I pay my student bill?
-Students can access their billing information via Self-Service Banner. Click on the SDePay link after you log in.

Who should I contact about my questions regarding student accounts and financial aid?
-You can contact the student accounts office at 605-394-2372 and Financial Aid at 605-394-1269.

I will have work study this coming semester. How do I find employment on campus?
-Information about work study requirements and job opportunities can be found at this website.

Academics and Testing

How do I register for courses?
-The Registrars office will build your first semester schedule. To assist in the building of your schedule, you will need to fill out the Course Registration checklist found on the Interactive Checklist.

How do I declare a major?
More information on declaring your major can be found here.

Arrival, Check-In, and Check-out

Disability/ADA Services

What do I do if I need to request disability accommodations?
-South Dakota Mines is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and education for students with disabilities. If you or a family member require an accommodation in order to attend or fully participate in New Student and Family Orientation at least two weeks in advance, please contact Amanda Lopez. at 605-394-2533. For further information regarding accommodations, please visit our ADA Services page.

Family Orientation Program

Parent/Family Orientation will be completely online this fall.

Is there a Family Weekend during the Fall semester?
-South Dakota Mines Family Weekend is tentatively scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2020. More information can be found here.

Do you have other questions that aren't listed here? Feel free to contact us at 605-394-2336.