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Non-Degree Seeking Student Guide

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Step 1: Set Up Student Accounts

Don't miss out on important updates! Take time to establish your SDSU accounts as soon as possible.

MyState is your SDSU Student Portal; the following services/resources can be found here:

  • Attendance confirmation
  • Student Account Self Service
  • Registration Self Service
  • Schedule information
  • Grades and Transcripts
  • Textbook Information
  • Financial Aid Self Service
  • ConnectState
  • Scholarship application

First Time Logging In

  • Visit Login Help.
  • Enter your MyState Username (ex. JJRabbit for Jack Jacks Rabbit) and Student ID number provided in your Acceptance email. Click Proceed.
  • Check your personal email and click on the link to reset password.
  • Enter your MyState Username and create a password that is 8-16 characters. It must include at least one number. Click Reset Password.

Each SDSU student is issued an SDSU Jacks email account. Email messages sent to Jacks e-mail addresses constitute an official means of communication. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to access official University e-mail messages in a timely manner.

To Access Your Jack's Email Account:

Go to Jacks Email.

Utilize your Jacks email address provided in your Acceptance email and your MyState password to log in.

Please check your Jacks e-mail account regularly because it is used for many administrative and financial notices.

Forwarding Emails

To forward your email to another account, go to Settings and type "forward" in search bar. Click on Forwarding link, type in the email address you would like your mail forwarded to and click Save.

Available in the App Store and Google Play Store, the SDSU mobile app will connect students to all kinds of important information. Students can view class schedules, register for classes, receive personalized notifications, find important contact information and other campus resources. The app will also allow students to access MyState and D2L, as well as news, events, and a campus map, with more features to come.

For more information on DUO Security and how to enroll, please visit DUO Security.

These accounts should be established by the student and student only. Do not share your login credentials with anyone as unauthorized use of another individual’s identification or account may lead to censure and/or expulsion (SDSU student code, pg. 10).

Step 2: Registration

If you are registering for a course that has prerequisite requirements, you must submit proof of prerequisite completion prior to registration.

Log into MyState and select your Registration Time Ticket from the dashboard. Students will be able to perform the following registration services on Self Service:

  • Search and register for classes
  • See your class schedule
  • Check your address
  • Add and drop a class or classes
  • Access enrollment verification
  • Update direct deposit for student refunds
  • View account and pay your bill
  • Complete attendance confirmation
  • Students can access Registration Self Service through their MyState Dashboard.

Student registration video tutorials can be accessed through your MyState Dashboard.

  • Login to MyState.
  • Go to Dashboard.
  • Within Registration Self Service, select More Information.
  • Scroll down to Training & Help and select the appropriate video or PDF.

Step 3: Pay Tuition and Fees

Bills should be paid by the semester due date (See Academic Calendar). Online payment can be made by accessing Student Account Billing Self-Service on your MyState dashboard and selecting “SDePay/ Pay Now”. If you have questions regarding your bill and payment options, please contact SDSU’s Cashier Office at 605-688-6116.

Step 4: Order Textbooks

Textbooks for SDSU courses can be purchased through Jackrabbit Central. Some courses will use the new First Day Access program, which allows students to view books through D2L on the first day of class. If your course is using First Day Access, the bookstore website will indicate your textbook is digital and you will be billed directly through SDSU billing. If your course requires an Access code, you will receive an email with this information – Do not delete the email. Textbook information should be available within 30 days of the start of the semester. Bookstore contact information: 605-688-4163/4164 or via email.

Step 5: Access Courses in D2L

D2L is the course management system utilized by SDSU and all South Dakota Public Universities. All instructors have the ability to utilize D2L to provide supplemental material, grades, discussions, etc. for SDSU courses. Fully online courses will be completed through D2L.

Go to D2L. Utilize your established Jacks email address and password.

Visit Login Help to reset your password.

Students enrolled in courses through SDSU have access to a number of video tutorials and student guides providing an overview of the D2L system. Take some time to view the tutorials below prior to the first day of class. Knowing how to navigate and utilize the tools within D2L will get your online learning experience started on the right foot.


Questions on steps included in the student guide? Please contact SDSU Continuing and Distance Education.

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