Student Laptop Program

Piloted in 2006, the South Dakota Mines Student Laptop Program has evolved from 25 pilot-users to its current all-student format serving more than 2,000 students. The evolution of the program has heavily depended on student and faculty feedback and many student-suggested solutions have been implemented into the program.

The program’s success has expanded the diversity of teaching methods both inside and outside the classroom by offering students greater active learning opportunities.

The Student Laptop Program is mandatory for all undergraduate students taking six or more credits and who have South Dakota Mines as their home university. There are occasions in which a student may request to not be part of the program. For more information, please visit the Semester Exclusion page.

Students enrolled in the Laptop Program will receive a laptop computer from ITS for academic and personal use.  They are powerful devices designed to run all campus scientific and engineering software as well as storing notes and documents.

Features of the South Dakota Mines Student Laptop Program:

  • Free Service and Support at the ITS Help Desk
  • Access to licensed, professional software
  • Integration of student laptops into many classes
  • Access to a secure wireless network across campus
  • Keep computer over breaks, including Summer and Winter breaks
  • 1TB of secure cloud storage

Student laptop computers are leased for four years.  After the lease period you will be assigned a new computer for your remaining time at South Dakota Mines. Please note that even after the four years you will remain a part of the program while enrolled in courses at Mines, even if you do not pick up a new computer. You are required to turn in your laptop upon graduating or withdrawing from campus.

Semester fees are set by the South Dakota Board of Regents and are calculated into student tuition.

If you have any questions about the Student Laptop program contact the ITS Help Desk at for more information.

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Your response will greatly aid us in finding the deficiencies of our wireless infrastructure on campus.

Need More Help?

The ITS Help Desk is located in the basement of the library.

Contact Us

(605) 394-1234

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(mission-critical problems /outages)
(605) 939-0455