Rocker Ready Schedule Information

Welcome to Our South Dakota Mines Family. All new students will need to attend an orientation prior to the start of the semester. Rocker Ready helps prepare you for the challenges you will face during your academic career here at South Dakota Mines. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and have a lot of fun. After orientation, Welcome Week starts with different, fun and entertaining programs and activities each night!

Spring 2021 Information:

Online Orientation: You can access the online orientation via your New Student Checklist.

Student ID Pickup: Friday, January 8, 2021 from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm in the Residence Life and Card Services office located on the main level of the Surbeck Center. Students must upload their photo on their new student checklist prior to coming to pick up their ID.

Spring Tablet PC Pickup- Friday, January 8, 2021- 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Lower level of the Devereux Library (Must have Your Grubby ID)

Textbook Information:
Students should submit their online book orders by December 26.You can submit online orders here

Rocker Shop Hours:
January 8- 7:30 am -4:30 pm
January 9-Closed
January 10-10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Move-In Information: Students who will be living on campus for the Spring 2021 semester

New Students: Move In Date- Friday, January 8, (7:30 am-4:30 pm)- Check in will be in the Residence Life and Card Services office, located on the main level of the Surbeck Center

Additional information about move-in can find  here.

Fall 2021 Information

Information for Fall 2021 will be coming soon.

Additional Orientation Sessions:

Orientation: Athletics

In a typical year, we would offer an information session during move-in for the parents of new student-athletes (freshmen and transfer), at which time we field a variety of questions.  However, as we all know, this is not a typical year.  Instead, we will provide an online orientation similar to Rocker Ready Orientation provided to our incoming student body.   This orientation is MANDATORY for ALL new and returning student-athletes and must be completed prior to participating in any countable athletic related activities.  We encourage parents to view this orientation as well, by logging in as a guest.  Instructions will be sent via email to each student-athlete.

Reporting dates for fall sports are as follows:

Football – Aug. 8th

Volleyball – Aug. 12th

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country – Aug. 12th

Men’s Soccer – August 14th

Cheerleading – August 14th

Hardrocker Athletics will also be offering a virtual town hall for student-athletes and parents, time and date still TBD.  A link to register for this event will be emailed to members of the Hardrocker Athletics when available.  We may not be able to gather in-person this year but we welcome the opportunity to answer any questions your family may have. 

Orientation: Veterans

More information coming soon.                       

Orientation: International Students
(This is an online orientation)

Online and 9 am to 12 pm on Monday, August 17                                                                           
All international students must complete the online orientation sessions. This orientation provides international students with information specific to their status and their transition to the US, including differences in culture and the educational system. All international students are required to complete the Online orientation sessions in addition to attending an in person initial check in orientation on Monday, August 17. We must perform this initial check-in per U.S. government regulations. You will need all your immigration paperwork. You will receive an email regarding this. 

Orientation: Center for Inclusion Pre-Orientation

Thursday, August 13 (2:00 pm) – Saturday, August 15 (noon)                                                                               
Open to all incoming domestic students of color. Including those that self-identify as one or more of the following: American Indian, African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. *Note Tribal enrollment is not required to attend. *The Center for Inclusion Pre-Orientation does not replace regular Orientation activities. All attendees are required to complete the online Rocker Ready Orientation, and participate in the Rocker Ready in person orientation.  Contact the Office of Center for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-1828

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,