Standard Student Checklist - Fall, 2017

Important steps to enrollment for Fall, 2017 Students  

  • Available beginning: February 15, 2017
  • Projected Assignment Date: Mid-June
  • Residence Hall move-in for Fall Semester on August 17, 2017 (8 am-6 pm)
  • Go to New Students page on Residence Life website ( for more information on housing, residence life, and meal plans
  • Contact Residence Life at or (605) 394-2348
  • High School Graduates before 2016: Apply for Upper-Class campus housing
  • Available in March - dates to be determined
  • Housing assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis for all Upper-Class students
  • Move-in for new students for Fall Semester is on August 17, 2017 (8 am-6 pm)
  • Go to the "Housing Information" section of the Residence Life website - - for complete details.
  • Contact Residence Life at or (605) 394-2348.
  • Residential Students: Complete Fire Safety Training
  • Complete Title IX Sexual Assault educational program
  • More information available here after July 15.

  • Submit your ID photo through the Interactive Checklist (first-time freshmen only). Transfer students will get student ID cards in person after Orientation on Thursday, August 17.
  • If your biological parent/legal guardian graduated from SD Mines, submit the Hardrocker Heritage Scholarship application found here:
  • Incoming freshman students who are interested in being considered for University academic scholarships must complete an online scholarship application. The online scholarship application will be available beginning November 1 and is due by January 15. You must be accepted for admission to SD Mines prior to completing the scholarship application.   
  • File your 2017-2018 Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2016. We award our limited-funded programs (supplemental grants and federal work-study) on a first come, first served basis until program funding runs out. All other Federal Aid programs (Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans, and Direct Parent PLUS Loans) are awarded regardless of when a student files their FAFSA after October 1.  
  • Make arrangements for Accuplacer placement testing (or accept your placement) and begin the course registration process. (Accuplacer also available at Orientation as well as other locations and dates by appointment). Contact Tom Mahon in the Tutoring and Testing Coordinator Office:, (605) 394-2428.
  • First-time freshman submit your course registration survey to register for courses. Transfer students register online via WebAdvisor.  
  • Request that your final official high school (with graduation date) and/or college transcripts be sent to:
    • Admissions Office
      South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
      501 East Saint Joseph Street
      Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Advanced Credit: Submit AP and/or CLEP scores (if applicable).  
  • Submit proof of immunization.  
  • Save your spot at Orientation
    • Football - Tuesday, August 8
    • Cross Country - Sunday, August 13
    • Soccer - Sunday, August 13
    • Volleyball - Sunday, August 13
    • Multicultural Affairs Pre-Orientation - August 16-18 (open to all incoming American Indian students)
    • International Students - Wednesday, August 16 (9 am to 3 pm) & Thursday, August 17 (9 am to 12 pm)
    • Veteran’s Orientation - Thursday, August 17 (10 am-12 pm - Veteran’s Resource Center)
    • Transfer/Non-Traditional Orientation - Thursday, August 17
    • Fall 2017 New Student Orientation - Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19
    • Transfer students register online today: Click Here
    • Questions? Contact (605)394-2336,
  • Tablet PC Information
    • All Students can pick up their Tablet PC's on the hour at the following times:
      • Wednesday, August 16 at 11 am and 1 pm, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251
      • Thursday, August 17 at 10 am, 11, am, 1 pm, and 2 pm, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251
      • Friday, August 18 at 11 am and 1 pm, Electrical Engineering/Physics (EP) room 251
    • For answers to your questions about the Tablet PC program, contact Brad O'Brien: (605) 394-2215,
  • Payment due for Fall 2017:  September 1st, 2017.

  • Online payment may be made via WebAdvisor using SDePay
    • View/print your eBill; sign up for a payment plan; pay your bill using a credit or debit card, Echeck or your payment plan.
  • Payments may also be made at the Student Accounts and Cashiers Office in the Surbeck Center. Checks can be mailed to (please include your student ID):
    • SD Mines Cashiering/Student Accounts
      South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
      501 E. St. Joseph Street
      Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Register for a parking permit (available July 6, 2017).
  • Textbooks and Course Materials Information - learn more about the Rocker Shop (University Bookstore), order your books now and check your options.
    • Course materials will be available for purchase from the Rocker Shop (Mines bookstore) beginning August 1, 2017. Most internet orders placed on or before August 18th are processed and ready to pick up when students arrive for the beginning of the semester.
    • We have an online comparison shopping tool for textbooks! Compare book prices with major online textbook retailers and make all your purchases from our website.
    • Online payment options include all major credit cards as well as the EZ Short-Term Loan. When the EZ Short-Term Loan payment method is selected, the charge is added to the student’s account one business day after the transaction is processed. EZ Loan payment is due by Final Payment Date as Determined by the University. Most students are eligible for the EZ Loan payment option and it is automatically made available to them to use if they wish. Those students ineligible to use the EZ Loan may work with the Student Accounts/Cashiering Office to see if other payment arrangements can be made.
    • The Rocker Shop offers the best combination of convenience, price, selection, and service to students for their course material needs.
    • For further information about course materials and store services, please call (605) 394-2374 or visit the store website at On the store website you will have access to videos about course materials, comparison shopping options, and the store’s EZ Loan program.
  • Complete Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan First-Time Borrower Requirements (if applicable).
  • FERPA Privacy Act
    • No account information can be given to non-students unless the “Release of Information” authorization form, account information section has been signed.
    • FERPA Information Release Form
  • Attend a mandatory Federal Work-Study Session (if awarded)
    • All students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study must attend one of the information sessions. Awarded students will be notified of session date, location and time for each semester.
    • You must bring to the meeting: a U.S. Passport OR a driver's licence and a social security card or birth certificate. Please note: original documents are required; copies will not be accepted.
    • If you want your paycheck direct-deposited to a checking or savings account, bring a voided check or savings deposit slip.
    • If you were not awarded Federal Work-Study but would like to determine if you're eligible to be placed on a waiting list, you may contact the Financial Aid Office: local (605) 394-2274, toll free (877) 877-6044 or
  • Move into your residence hall. Date: Thursday, August 17 (8 am to 6 pm followed by a mandatory meeting at 8:15 pm).
  • Participate in the Freshman Service Project. Students will be notified of times and service locations over the summer.
  • Attend Welcome Week.
  • Fall semester classes begin Monday, August 21, 2017.