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First Year Students

For our first year students, please visit our #NewJacks20 website for information on what to bring, move-in directions as well as a welcome week schedule.

Important Information

Important information regarding a safe return to campus will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

Fall Welcome

Greetings Jackrabbits!

We are EXCITED to see you back at South Dakota State University in just a few short weeks to begin the fall semester. We have MISSED YOU!!! Many individuals throughout the university have been busy preparing for your return with plans focused on the health and safety of Jackrabbit Nation and our #JacksForAll Pledge. To this end, we wanted to share some important information with you and ask for your help as we get ready to come back shortly...

Read the Fall Welcome - Important Student Information letter sent out July 28, 2020


COVID-19 Testing Information

Please visit our COVID-19 Testing Information page for important information on the following:

  • How do I get tested?
  • What if I am positive with COVID-19?
  • Will there be COVID-19 testing for students?
  • Are students required to get tested when they return to campus?
  • What happens if I experiences symptoms of COVID-19, have a presumptive or a confirmed COVID-19 test?
  • What happens if I am positive, display symptoms or have been exposed to someone that is positive and am required to quarantine?
  • Do I have to provide any documentation before returning to campus and my classes?
  • What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

#SDState Campus Forums

Looking for additional information on residential life, move-in, academics, etc? Visit the #SDState Campus Forums for answers to some of your important questions.


Fall 2020 Move-In Information

In-Person Move-In for Returning Students with Early Housing Assignments (ie. student leaders working on campus, student-athletes, Pride members, etc.): Aug. 10-13, 2020

In-Person Move-In for New Students: Aug. 14-16, 2020

In-Person Move-In for Returning Students: Aug. 17-18, 2020

Who can come with me during move-in?

Students are allowed to bring two guests over the age of 18 to assist.

Do we have to carry our own belongings to our rooms?

We will need students and their family members to move items into their rooms. No volunteers will be available to assist in moving student belongings. Golf carts will be operational to bring belongings from the unloading areas to the residence hall but no volunteers will assist with moving belongings from vehicles or into rooms. Volunteers will be driving the golf carts.

How long can my family stay after I am moved in?

Guests will be encouraged to depart after the scheduled move-in time.


Textbooks and Educational Materials for Fall 2020

The textbook area of the South Dakota State University Bookstore will not be open for normal retail operations due to Covid19. However, the website for textbooks is now open and we highly encourage all students to order their educational content prior to August 10 and have them shipped to your home address free of charge.

Visit www.jackrabbitcentral.com to order your books and get free shipping when you use the code BOOKS2020 at checkout.

As referenced on the page, the SDSU Bookstore is advertising free shipping for books and educational materials ordered on www.jackrabbitcentral.com using code BOOKS2020 at checkout

Academic Plan for Fall 2020

Academic decision-making for Academic Year 2020-21 will be guided by the university’s commitment to high quality academic programs, and the health and safety of the university community.

Course offerings during Fall Semester 2020 will include a limited number of entirely face-to-face courses, several courses being a combination of face-to-face instruction with online/virtual components, and other courses being entirely online/virtual. Classes may be scheduled into the evening and on Saturday as feasible and necessary.

For more information on what your courses and classrooms may look like this fall, please view the Academic Plan for Fall 2020.


2020 Fall Academic Calendar Adjustment

The South Dakota Board of Regents announced adjustments to the 2020 Fall Academic Calendar. Instruction will now begin Aug. 19 and on-campus instruction will be completed by Thanksgiving. Labor Day, Native American Day and Veterans Day will be used as class days to accommodate the 70-class day schedule. The university will work to plan programming to appropriately celebrate and recognize those holidays.

The university's full news release is available here.
2020-21 Academic Calendar


SDSU announces “Drop-n-Go” option for students moving onto campus

South Dakota State University’s Office of Residential Life announced initial move-in plans for students who plan to live on-campus during the 2020-21 academic year. The plans include a “Drop-n-Go” option for students to bring their belongings to campus July 24-Aug. 7. Read the release for additional "Drop-n-Go" information.

Visit the #NewJacks20 site for additional move-in information.