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!

Fall 2021 Information:

Save the Date! Fall Rocker Ready Orientation will be August 20-22 with Move-In on August 19. We are currently in the planning process. We encourage you to keep checking back to this website and your New Student Checklist for up to date information.

Additional Orientation Sessions

Orientation: Parents and Families

Information about Parent and Family orientation can be found here.

Orientation: Athletics

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

Football – Saturday, August 7, 2021

Volleyball – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Men’s Soccer – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Cheerleading – Sunday, August 15, 2021

Orientation: Veterans

More information coming soon.

Orientation: International Students

Wednesday, August 18: Classroom Building 204 W- 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Student Q&A Panel Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm- CARA Building

All international students must complete the online orientation sessions. This orientation provides international students with information specific to their status and transition to the US and South Dakota Mines. All international students are required to complete the Online orientation sessions in addition to attending this in person orientation. 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. 

Center for Inclusion - Pre Orientation

August 17-19, 2021

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.  Move-in starts at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 17th and program will end at noon on Thursday, August 19th. Contact the Center for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-1828 

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,