Student Information

Returning to campus

Important information pertaining to the return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our JacksRBack site.

2021 Spring Semester

Spring 2021 Semester to Proceed as Planned

The South Dakota Board of Regents agreed to maintain a spring semester calendar of 77 class days for the six public universities, with the academic term beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, and concluding Friday, May 7, 2021.

Read the full spring 2021 semester calendar release
View the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

$3 million in CARES Act Emergency Grants Available to Students

South Dakota State University is providing more than $3 million to students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money can be used on expenses related to the disruption of campus due to COVID-19 including course materials, technology, food, housing, health care and child care.

To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Been enrolled as a degree-seeking student on March 27. Students who were enrolled less than half time may receive reduced awards;
  • Must be eligible for Title IV aid;
  • Have not been enrolled in all online courses for the 2020 spring semester, and
  • Have expenses that resulted from the disruption of campus related to COVID-19

Eligible students will receive a link to an electronic application. Awards will be distributed up to $600 per student and it is anticipated more than 6,000 students are eligible for CARES Act funding.

Visit our CARES Act page for additional information.

2020 Fall Semester

South Dakota State University will resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester to provide opportunities for teaching, learning and co-curricular activities, as announced May 1 by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Planning for a safe return will include a focus on academics, student life, research, employees, athletics and the Brookings community. Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 19.

The decision was made following discussions among regents’ staff, university presidents and the special school superintendents following recommendations from public health officials and state leadership.

Earlier this week, President Barry Dunn launched the “JacksRBack” planning and execution team to look at all options and methods that may be needed during the return to campus, including classroom teaching, residential life, food service, tutoring, wellness, employee accommodations and others.

Read President Dunn's message to campus.

For more information, please read the University's press release.