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SDSU is preparing for a normal fall

In a message to university students, faculty and staff on March 15, SDSU President Barry Dunn shared strong optimism for a much more normal fall 2021 semester.

“The efforts of our students, faculty and staff these past 12 months has shown how resilient and adaptable we are at SDSU and how we can overcome the challenges created by COVID-19 with everyone’s safety as a top priority,” Dunn said. “While we still need to remain vigilant and committed to many of our protocols for the next few months, with the vaccines available and, so far, a high level of acceptance, it allows us to look toward a fall semester in which we will plan for more normalcy.”

"Based on our projected enrollment for next fall, we anticipate a vibrant campus experience for all of our students.” 
— President Barry Dunn

SDSU will begin determining operations for the fall semester in several different areas, including academics, residential life, student life and move-in weekend to welcome the incoming class of Jackrabbits.

“Based on our projected enrollment for next fall, we anticipate a vibrant campus experience for all of our students,” Dunn said. “The strong interest we are seeing from high school seniors who want to attend SDSU, combined with the record retention of our current students, certainly makes us a university of choice for those wanting to seek the benefits of a four-year degree. We will be ready and excited to welcome them to campus in a more normal environment.”

Dunn also said SDSU will explore new opportunities created during the pandemic that will allow the university to be even more efficient in its operations.

“The pandemic has shown how efficient our university is in its operations and how we can adjust to any challenge we face,” Dunn said. “We have a team of people at SDSU that have responded during these unprecedented times and worked to fulfill our mission and serve the people of South Dakota. What we have accomplished during the past year is making us a better and stronger university.”

Classes for the 2021 fall semester are scheduled to begin August 23.