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!

Spring 2019 Orientation Information


Students can pick up their Tablet PC’s  at the following time: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 11:30 am, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 252.

General Orientation Information Session:
Sunday, January 6 at 1:00 pm, Classroom Building Room 204E

Fall 2019 Orientation Information

Planning for Fall Orientation is in progress, 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 8:00 AM  Residence Halls open for Move-In  Residence Halls
 See above Schedule  Tablet PC Pick-Up in EEP 251. Please make sure you pick your table PC up on Thursday. *Must have student id Electrical Engineering/Physics Building Room 251 
 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Math Placement Testing *See information above  Electrical Engineering/Physics Building Room 255 
 8:15 PM Mandatory New Resident Meeting and Event  Surbeck Ballroom 

Friday, August 17, 2018

 8:00 AM President's New Student Convocation   King Center Goodell Gymnasium
 9:00 AM Meet Your Orientation Leader/Activities  Various Locations 
 10:20 AM Julia Dixon: Shattering the Silence of Sexual Assault  King Center Goodell Gymnasium 
 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Lunch with Family (Time available to visit offices, & the Rocker Shop Bookstore)  King Center Fraser Gymnasium 
 1:10 PM Prepare to depart for Academic Department Meetings (Please be seated in the gym by 1:10 pm) King Center Goodell Gymnasium 
 1:30 PM Meetings with Academic Departments  Various Locations 
 3:10 PM Breakout Session Block 1  *Rotating Session 
 4:05 PM Breakout Session Block 2  *Rotating Session 
 4:45 PM Day 1 Wrap-Up  Campus Quad 
 5:00 PM Dinner on Your Own  Local Restaurants/Dining Hall 
 8:00 PM Welcome Week Event: Comedian Fumi Abe  Surbeck Ballroom 

Saturday, August 18, 2017

 7:30 AM  Breakfast on Your Own  Surbeck Dining Hall 
 9:10 AM Meet your Orientation Leader/Activities  Campus Quad 
 10:00 AM Breakout Session Block 3  *Rotating Session 
 10:50 AM Breakout Session Block 4  *Rotating Session 
 11:30 AM Lunch on your Own  Surbeck Dining Hall 
 1:40 PM Campus Tour/Life at Mines  *Rotating Session 
 2:30 PM Life at Mines/Campus Tour  *Rotating Session 
 5:00 PM Welcome Week Event: Recreation Night & BBQ   King Center 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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

Orientation: Athletics

Football -  August 5, 2018 |   Student Schedule     Football Forms
Volleyball- August 5, 2018| Student Schedule     
Cross Country, Soccer & Cheerleading - August 12, 2018   | Student Schedule      
Hardrocker cross country, football, soccer, 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. You can register for the athletic orientations through the Interactive Checklist.

Orientation: Veterans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018   
The orientation is from 10:00AM – 12:00PM in the Veterans Resource Center. Registrater here.

Orientation: Nontraditional/Transfer

Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Orientation Schedule                                                       
Nontraditional, transfer, and readmitted students should attend this session. Registrater here.

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (9:00 am- 3:00 pm) and Thursday, August 16, 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 orientaton session in addition to registering for New Student Orientation. Registration coming soon!

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

Tuesday, August 14- Thursday, August 16, 2018                                                       
Open to all incoming domestic studetns 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 sign up for New Student Orientation.  Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs with questions: or (605) 394-1828

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,