Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from Orientation?
-Orientation begins with a welcome message from the University President. Students will then spend the day interacting with other new students and orientation leaders, attending dynamic information sessions, and meeting with your academic department and advisor. You will also learn about the many ways you can get involved outside the classroom. At the end of orientation, you should feel a sense of belonging as a Hardrocker and be prepared for the first day of class.

May I only attend one day of Orientation?
-Because of the nature of our orientation schedule, students should plan to attend both days of orientation.

Who are the Orientation Leaders (Ols)?
-Our Orientation Leaders(OLs) are student leaders who are here to help students and their families transition into college at SD Mines. 

Will there be time to explore campus?
-New students will have the opportunity to explore campus on their campus tour during the second day of Orientation. This is a great time to see all of campus and find out where your classes will be.

Where can I find a map of campus?
-You can find a 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?
-The Rocker Shop (Campus Bookstore) is located on the main level of the Surbeck Center. More information about the bookstore can be found here
Bookstore Hours:
August 16-18 (7:30 am-4:00 pm)

August 19-(8:00 am- 4:00 pm)
August 20- (8:00 am- 1:00 pm)

Where can I find information about purchasing textbooks?
-You can find an array of information on purchasing text books here. Additionally a representative from the Rocker Shop will be located in the Fraser Gym during the extended lunch on Friday, August 18 to answer your questions.

Registration and Fees

How do I register for Fall Orientation 2017?
-Incoming students can register for orientation by visiting the Interactive Checklist here.

Does Orientation cost anything to attend?
-There is no cost to attend Orientation. Lunch is covered by your meal plan. Family members attending orientation will have to cover the cost of their meals.

Do I have to attend?
-Yes. Orientation is your first opportunity to learn more about SD Mines, and prepare yourself to be academically successful at SD 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?
-Meals are covered by your meal plan. Dinner on Friday evening is on your own. You can eat in the dining hall on your meal plan, or visit one of our many local restaurants.

When can I move into my residence hall?
-Students can move into their residence halls beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, August 17. More information on move in can be found here.

Where do I stay during orientation?
-Students will stay in their residence hall rooms. Family members can stay at any of our local hotels.

Where can I learn about meal plans and dining?
-Our dining services will have an information table located in the Surbeck Center. You can also download this document for useful information on meal plans.

What is Grubby Gold?
-Grubby Gold allows you to use your student ID to purchase items at various locations on campus and the Rapid City community, but is the ONLY way to do laundry on campus. To see locations where Grubby Gold is accepted, 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

How do I connect to the wifi networks on campus?
-Our Information Technology Services team has a fantastic page, linked here, that will answer all of your wifi-related questions.

Where can I pick up my tablet PC?
-Students can pick up their Tablet PC's on the hour at the following times and lcoations:
Wednesday, August 16 at 11 am and 1 pm (Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251)
Thursday, August 17 at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2pm (Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251)
Friday, August 18 at 11 am and 1 pm (Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251)

Password, email, and login questions?
-Information can be found at this website, or by visiting the ITS Help Desk located in the basement of the Devereaux Library.

How do I access my SD Mines email?
-Students can access their email by visiting (We highly recommend you bookmark this web address) Username should be Your default password is your birthday +7 digit ID number mmddyyyy1234567

Where do I get my student ID?
-Students can pick up their IDs at the Student Accounts office located on the main level of the Surbeck Center.

Student Financial Services

How do I pay my student bill?
-Students can access their billing information via Webadvisor. 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 Registrar and Academic Services 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.

Information on Testing/Placement

-For information regarding testing/placement, please contact Tom Mahon, Tutoring and Testing Coordinator at or calling 605-394-2428

ACCUPLACER® placement testing for math and English

Due to the large number of students who have not completed or may elect to re-test their ACCUPLACER® placement testing for fall, we will have two special sessions in the Electrical Engineering/Physics Building (EP).

 Thursday, August 17th from 8 am–Noon and from 1–4 pm, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 255. First come first served walk-ins

 Saturday, August 19 from 9am–Noon, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 255. By appointment only for re-testers or those who cannot test on August 18th

Arrival, Check-In, and Check-out

Where do I check in?
-Official Orientation check in happens during move in. You will receive your room card as well as your name badge for orientation.

Is there a shuttle to and from the airport to campus?
-There is not an official shuttle service provided from the airport to campus. However, there is a shuttle service at the airport that you can purchase transportation to campus.

Disability/ADA Services

What do I do if I need to request disability accommodations?
-SD 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 the Megan Reder-Schopp, Director of Counseling and Student ADA Services at 605-394-2416 or For further information regarding accommodations, please visit our website at:

Family Orientation Program

Is there a family Orientation program?

-SD Mines does offer a family orientation program. For a schedule and more resources visit the Parent/Family website.

How much will I pay for Orientation?
-There is no charge to attend orientation. However, family members will have to cover the cost of their meals on campus.

Can I bring people other than family?
-Due to limited space, students are encouraged to only bring immediate family to orientation.

What will my family be doing during Orientation?
-Family members will be participating in Parent and Family Orientation. More information on this and a schedule can be found here.

Will I be able to see my family throughout the day?
-Students will be able to connect with families during the extended lunch hour and dinner hour times. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the various parent orientation sessions while their student is in their session.

Is there a Family Weekend during the Fall semester?
-SD Mines Family Weekend is November 3 and 4. 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.