New Student Orientation

Welcome to Our Mines Family. All new students will need to attend an orientation prior to the start of the semester. Orientation helps prepare you for the challenges you will face during your academic career here at SD 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!

Fall 2019 First Year Student Orientation Information

Planning for Fall Orientation is in progress. SAVE THE DATES! 
Transfer Orientation: Thursday, August 22
New Student Orientation: Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24
New Student Parent Orientation: Thursday, August 22, and Friday, August 23. Parents and families can visit here for more information.

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming new students. New students are automatically registered for Orientation. Students will receive their Orientation schedule at the beginning of August.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

 8:00 AM  Residence Halls open for Move-In  Residence Halls
 See above Schedule  
 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

 8:15 PM

Friday, August 23 2019

 8:00 AM

 9:00 AM

 10:20 AM

 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

 1:10 PM

 1:30 PM

 3:10 PM

 4:05 PM

 4:45 PM

 5:00 PM

 8:00 PM Welcome Week Event: TBD Surbeck Ballroom 

Saturday, August 24, 2018

 7:30 AM  Breakfast on Your Own  Surbeck Dining Hall 
 9:10 AM
 10:00 AM

 10:50 AM

 11:30 AM

 1:40 PM
 2:30 PM

 5:00 PM

Sunday, August 25, 2019

1:30 PM  President's New Student Service Project  Various Locations 
 8:00 PM Welcome Week Event: TBD  Surbeck Ballroom 

Orientation: Athletics

Football -  August 11, 2019 |   Student Schedule     Football Forms Parent Schedule
Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Cheerleading- August 18, 2019| Student Schedule  Parent Schedule   
Hardrocker cross country, football, soccer, cheerleaders, and volleyball players will move into their residence halls prior to their assigned orientation session. These orientations are specifically designed for student athletes. Sessions will also be available for parents. 

Orientation: Veterans

Wednesday, August 21, 2019   
The orientation is from 10:00AM – 12:00PM in the Veterans Resource Center. 

Orientation: Nontraditional/Transfer

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | Orientation Schedule
Transfer student orientation is mandatory for all new Transfer Students. Students are automatically registered for Orientation. Students will receive their schedules the beginning of August.                                                              

Orientation: International Students
(This is a two-day orientation)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (9:00 am- 3:00 pm) and Thursday, August 22, 2018 (9:00 am- Noon)                                                      
All international students must attend this session. 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 attend this orientation session in addition to attending New Student Orientation. 

Orientation: Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Pre-Orientation

Monday, August 19- Thursday, August 22, 2019                                                       
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, Natice Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. *Note Tribal enrollment is not required to attend. *All attendees are required to also attend New Student Orientation.  Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs with questions: or (605) 394-1828

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,