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 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 2023 Information:

Save the Date! Spring Rocker Ready Orientation will be January 6 & 8, 2023.. Below is a tentative spring schedule.  Each student will receive their official Orientation schedule via email, and a hard copy will be available at check-in.

Friday, January 6, 2023 (Required Activities)

Time   Event:  Location
7:30 am-4:00 pm Campus Offices Open 

Registrar’s: Located main level of O’Harra Bldg

Financial Aid: Located main level of O’Harra Bldg

Cashier’s Office: Located on the main level Surbeck Center

Counseling: Located on the main level Surbeck Center

Accessibility Services: Located 2nd floor Devereaux Library

Rocker Shop (Bookstore) Pick up your textbooks, last-minute supplies, or some Hardrocker Gear! Located on the main level of the Surbeck Center
Various Locations
8:00 am-4:00 pm Move Into Residence Halls Residence Life Office-Main Level of Surbeck Center

10:00 am- 12:00 pm &

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

 Orientation Check In and Laptop Pick up. (Must have your Grubby ID to pick up laptop) Pickup Orientation Packet First.Main Level Devereaux Library
2:00 pm- 3:00 pmAcademic Program Meetings Meet in Classroom Building room 204-E to meet your Department Representative 
3:00 pm- 3:10 pmOrientation Welcome by President Rankin and Dean Dlugos Classroom Building Room 204-E 
3:10 pm- 4:00 pmTips and Tricks for a Successful First Day at South Dakota Mines Classroom Building Room 204-E 
4:00 pm- 4:30 pmTech Talk with IT Classroom Building Room 204-E 
4:30 pm-5:00 pm Dinner with First Year Mentors (Dinner is covered by the Office of Student Engagement)Surbeck Dining Hall 

Saturday, January 7, 2023 

Time   Event:  Location





































Sunday, January 8, 2023 (Required Activity)

 Time  Event:  Location
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm Meet Your Mentor- Learn about Getting Involved, take a campus tour, and get to know your First-Year Mentor
Classroom Building Room 204-E


Orientation Weekend Dining Services Hours

Date Dining Location/Time  Building Location
Friday, January 6, 2023 24 Hour Market at Rocker Square- Open 24 Hours
Miner's Shack- 10:00 am- 4:00 pm 
Rocker Square 
Surbeck Center Lower Level
Saturday, January 7, 2023 24 Hour Market at Rocker Square- Open 24 Hours
Miner's Shack- 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Hardrocker Cafe- 5:00 pm-7:30 pm (Dining Hall Opens)
Rocker Square
Surbeck Center Lower Level
Surbeck Center Lower Level
Sunday, January 8, 2023 24 Hour Market at Rocker Square- Open 24 Hours
Miner's Shack- 10:00 am- 10:00 pm
Hardrocker Cafe- Brunch (11:00 am-1:00 pm) Dinner (5:00 pm- 7:30 pm)
Rocker Square
Surbeck Center Lower Level
Surbeck Center Lower Level


Additional Orientation Sessions

Orientation: Parents and Families

Fall 2023 Information coming soon!

Orientation: Athletics

Reporting/Move In dates for fall sports are as follows:

Fall 2023 Information coming soon!
Student Athletes will receive a schedule and more information from their coaches. Athletes are also required to attend the in person Rocker Ready Orientation on August 19-21

Orientation: Veterans

Fall 2023 Information coming soon!


Orientation: International Students

Fall 2023 Information coming soon!


Office for Inclusion - Pre Orientation


Fall 2023 Information coming soon!



For additional information contact (605) 394-2336, orientation@sdsmt.edu