Prospective and Admitted Students - COVID-19 FAQ

South Dakota State University is closely monitoring the global public health concerns involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The university’s COVID-19 response team meet daily to provide new direction for the university to try ensure the safety of our university community and to continue to offer a high quality educational experience amidst the crisis. Please see below for answers to a variety of questions related to the pandemic’s impact on the admissions and college search process for our admitted and prospective students.

Our Admissions Office is open and you can utilize our staff directory located on the right side of this page to connect with your admissions counselor or a specific staff member for additional questions or information not found below.

FAQs

Prospective Students, Applied and Admitted Students

Who can help me over the phone or email?

Contact the Admissions Office at 605-688-4121 or email and we will connect you with an available counselor or staff member.

Are you offering in-person visits on campus?

The Office of Admissions started holding in-person visits with precautions in place on Monday, August 3. Learn more about our in-person visit option here.

If I prefer not to visit campus in person, what are my other options?

We have several opportunities to connect with us virtually. All of our options can be found here, including a virtual visit with Admissions, “Explore from Home” resources, and weekly live chats with current SDSU students.

Are you processing applications normally?

Yes. All admissions functions except recruitment events and campus visits are happening as normal.

Will there be an application deadline extension?

SDSU does not have an application deadline, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer leading up to the fall semester.

Will the pandemic affect timing of admission notification?

No. This does not delay our timelines for notifying students about admission to SDSU, scholarships, or other admission related processes.

Is SDSU still processing FAFSA submissions and awarding financial aid at this time?

Yes, we are still receiving FAFSAs and and awarding incoming students for the fall 2020 semester.

What options are available if the financial situation of myself or my family, and my ability to pay for college, has been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic?

If a student or a family experiences significant changes in financial circumstances due to loss of income or medical expenses, the Financial Aid Office can make changes to the FAFSA to more accurately reflect the family’s ability to pay for college on a case-by-case basis. If your financial situation changes significantly, please contact the Financial Aid Office at SDSU.FinAid@sdstate.edu or 605-688-4695.

Do I have to commit to SDSU or provide a deposit for enrollment?

No, SDSU does not require new students to pay an enrollment deposit. Additionally, no commitment is required by any specific date. Take your time as you and your family work through the situation we are currently in, and make sure you are comfortable with your decision. Reach out to us if we can support you in any way through your decision process. When you do decide that you’ll attend SDSU, we ask that you register for our New Student Orientation programs held this summer and notify your Admissions Counselor of your great decision to be a Jackrabbit!

Will the housing application or placement process be delayed?

The SDSU Housing Application is available to admitted incoming fall 2020 students now. We encourage you to complete the housing application to provide SDSU your housing preferences. We anticipate placing incoming students into their fall 2020 residence hall placement on schedule in late May or early June.

Is there a deposit required for a student to complete the SDSU Housing Application?

There is a $75 housing deposit you pay when you apply for housing. During the fall semester, $65 of that deposit is returned to your account in the form of SDSU Hobo Dough. The deposit is not refundable after May 31, 2020. If a student or family’s ability to pay this deposit or decision to attend SDSU (before or after May 31, 2020) is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out to Housing and Residential Life to visit about any flexibility or considerations related to the housing deposit process. Phone: 605-688-5148, Email: SDSU.reslife@sdstate.edu

Is New Student Orientation canceled or altered?

We’ve moved our Orientation programs held in June and August online! You can register for a session here.

Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

We will be flexible and work closely with students and institutions to ensure we have the documents we need without creating additional stress. Admitted students are encouraged to turn in final transcripts quickly after the completion of their final semester, but do have flexibility to turn in final transcripts throughout the summer or at the start of the fall semester. If you are having trouble retrieving final transcripts due to school closures or for other reasons, reach out to our Admissions Office to discuss options.

My current school closed. Will you accept an unofficial transcript?

We can accept unofficial transcripts to make preliminary provisional admissions decisions, allowing a student to gain acceptance and get started at SDSU.

If I’m not able to attend SDSU this fall, can I defer my admission?

Please contact the SDSU Admissions office for assistance on your specific situation. Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered with care for deferred admission opportunities. Should you enroll in another university during that time, you will have to reapply as a transfer student.

Will summer events or summer camps be held?

Summer events and summer camps at South Dakota State University have been canceled through August 15.

Are the other offices at SDSU open?

Some offices are physically open, while some continue to work remotely. You can reach any necessary offices by contacting the Admissions Office to either allow us to assist you, connect you with the proper individual/office, or you can reach out directly to the specific areas below:

  • Financial Aid: 605-688-4695 or via email.
  • Housing & Residential Life: 605-688-5148 or via email.
  • New Student Orientation: 605-688-6283 or via email.
Have there been any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the SDSU or Brookings community?

As of August 9, there have been 139 confirmed cases in Brookings County, 111 of which have recovered.

How is the university preparing for an outbreak on campus/in the area?

SDSU leadership is meeting regularly to monitor the situation, and an established COVID-19 response team meets multiple times daily. The response team is considering immediate, short-term, and long-term needs the university must consider to be prepared to handle an outbreak on campus or in the Brookings community. The university is also working the Board of Regents, the city of Brookings and the State of SD to coordinate preparations.

Will students still have access to housing/dining/health care?

All current and incoming SDSU students will have access to services. Please utilize SDSU’s COVID-19 website for additional details for current students. Incoming students and families will learn about all opportunities in detail during our New Student Orientation programs.

Will Admissions representatives be traveling to college fairs and high schools this fall?

No. All fall travel has been suspended. Virtual events are being planned in their place. 

For Transfer Students

Will there be an application deadline extension?

SDSU does not have an application deadline.

My current school is closed. Will you accept an unofficial transcript?

We can accept unofficial transcripts to make preliminary provisional admissions decisions, allowing a student to gain acceptance and get started at SDSU.

Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

We will be flexible and work closely with students and institutions to ensure we have the documents we need without creating additional stress. Admitted students are encouraged to turn in final transcripts quickly after the completion of their final semester, but do have flexibility to turn in final transcripts throughout the summer or at the start of the fall semester.

How can I send an unofficial transcript?

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the SDSU Application Portal. Students can also send via email to SDSU Admissions.

My current college is closed due to COVID-19. What if my GPA is affected because of this? Will it affect my admission to SDSU?

SDSU Admissions will review all transfer applications holistically. If you’re worried about your GPA, please email our Transfer Student Coordinator and we’ll work with you individually.

Is Transfer Student Orientation canceled or altered?

We’ve moved our Orientation programs held in June and August online! You can register for a session here.

For International Students

When will I receive my I-20?

Our admissions work continues and we don’t anticipate delays in issuing I-20s.

If my country has been affected by COVID-19, will I still be allowed to attend SDSU?

South Dakota State University will return to on-campus instruction in Brookings, South Dakota, in the Fall 2020 semester. New international students may find it difficult to obtain visas in time to begin their studies in August 2020. To accommodate these students, SDSU will offer a variety of options to earn credits online in the fall 2020 semester.

Please visit the Information for New Students Starting in Fall 2020 site for important information regarding:

  • International Freshmen and Transfers - Undergraduate Students with full admission
  • International Graduate (Master and PhD) Students with full admission
  • Intensive English Program (IEP) Students
  • Online Pathway Program – New! – Gain full admission to SDSU and earn credit while doing so!

You may also contact the Office of International Affairs with any questions you may have.
     Office of International Affairs
     Briggs Library Suite 119
     Telephone: 605-688-4122

Further information can be found at here.

If I’m not able to attend SDSU this fall, can I defer my admission?

Admissions deferrals are possible for International Students if their arrival is impacted. Please connect with the SDSU International Office to visit about individual situations. Phone: 605-688-4122 Email: SDSU.intlstud@sdstate.edu.

Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

We will be flexible and work closely with students and institutions to ensure we have the documents we need without creating additional stress. Admitted students are encouraged to turn in final transcripts quickly after the completion of their final semester of secondary school or post-secondary school work, but do have the flexibility to turn in final transcripts throughout the summer or at the start of the fall semester.

My current school closed. Will you accept an unofficial transcript?

We will accept unofficial transcripts if a student’s ability to get an official transcript is impacted by school closures or other pandemic related issues.

With TOEFL and IELTS closing their test centers, how can I submit an English proficiency test score?

Applicants may not be able to access the more popular testing options for English language proficiency tests (including TOEFL and IELTS), as testing centers around the world have been closed and scheduled examinations have been canceled. Our International Admissions team has reviewed several additional testing options that are available online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit this link for additional resources.

For High School Counselors

SDSU is scheduled to visit my institution. Will you still be coming?

SDSU Admissions has canceled travel through July 6. Travel after July 6 will be evaluated as dates approach. Please reach out to the Admissions office at 605-688-4121 for questions or concerns about a specific event.

Will SDSU be present at college fairs this fall?

SDSU Admissions will not be traveling this fall. Most in-person college fairs have transitioned to virtual college fairs. More details will be available in the coming weeks. Contact our office for specific questions.

Will the pandemic affect timing of admission notification for my students?

No. As of now, this does not delay our timelines for notifying students about admission to SDSU, scholarships, or other admission related processes.

Can I still receive details on scholarships my graduating seniors may have received for scholarship recognition programs?

Yes. Please reach out to our Assistant Director for Scholarships to make arrangements.