Student Handbook 2023-2024 
    May 26, 2024  
Student Handbook 2023-2024

Student Services & Support

Please click on a heading below to be taken to that section of the handbook:


Enrollment Service Center


Admissions Email

The Office of Admissions at SDSU often serves as the first “face” of the university for visiting students and their families. The office encompasses recruitment, visit planning and admissions processing staff. Each year Admissions hosts a variety of on and off-campus recruitment programs that allow prospective students to learn more about the opportunities available to them at SDSU. Admissions seeks to further the overall goals of the Division by providing students with high-quality visit experiences, customer service and communication that will foster optimistic and accurate expectations about SDSU and increase students’ potential for success when they arrive on campus as new Jackrabbits. New student scholarships are awarded through the Admissions Office.


American Indian Student Center

920 Campanile Ave 


American Indian Student Center Email

The American Indian Student Center (AISC) is committed to providing a welcome home-place to support those who have courageously chosen to walk the path of higher education. The AISC understands that a vital part of our function involves nation building and works to encourage students to recognize and develop their voice and help prepare Native students to respond to the call to return home. The AISC also offers recruitment for Native American students, success advising, and cultural programming.


Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps)

DePuy Military Hall - 1150 Campanile Ave SDSU Campus


Army ROTC Email

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps provides leadership training, mentorship and physical fitness to students looking to be future leaders in the US Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. Various scholarships are available for qualified applicants. If you want to challenge yourself, mentor others and become a leader in the premier leadership program in the world, stop by and find out how to become an Army Officer through the South Dakota State University Army ROTC program.



Student Union


Bookstore Email

The SDSU Bookstore, the official store of South Dakota State University. Located within the University Student Union, we offer the largest selection of licensed SDSU Jackrabbit apparel and gifts both in-store and online. We also offer textbooks, school supplies, course materials and services related to campus life for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University.

For more information and hours of operation please visit our website


Career Development

Student Union 136


Facilitating the transition from student to professional and helping students and employers connect are two goals that drive the services of the Office of Career Development. Whether an incoming student trying to choose a major, a sophomore preparing to attend a career fair, a junior searching for an internship, a senior applying to graduate school, or a master’s student interviewing for an entry-level job, Career Development is here to help, both in person and online. FOCUS 2 Career is an online assessment tool that empowers students to make informed decisions about their major, education and career path. SDSU students may use the code “jacks” for 24/7 access. Students should use their MyState credentials to log into FOCUS 2 Career. Handshake is an online career management tool that students can use to search for jobs, internships and career fair information, plus sign up for on-campus interviews, schedule appointments with career coaches, and more.  Students should use their MyState credentials to log into Handshake.


Cashier’s Office

Morrill Hall 136


Cashier’s Office Email

SDSU Cashier’s Office manages tuition and fee related processes and questions including: assisting students with questions about their billing accounts, providing information on all charges and payments applied to student billing accounts, processing student payments and refunds, and managing student billing accounts receivable (payment past due) related holds. The Cashier’s Office is also the depository office for the funds of all University departments.  The Cashier’s Office will establish cash funds for University departments when it is necessary.


Continuing & Distance Education

West Hall 120


Continuing and Distance Education Email

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education works to broaden the reach of SDSU, with a commitment to providing quality education no matter where students reside. The office serves students on campus and across the globe through a variety of fully online courses and programs. In addition to online education, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education collaborates with academic units offering programs at off-campus locations in South Dakota. Coursework and programs offered off-campus and online effectively extend the reach of SDSU by offering the same quality education to students who want to earn their degree while living and working in their home community.


Dining Services

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Campus dining is a substantial part of the college experience. The goal of Jacks’ Dining is to make each customer’s experience the best it can be by providing tasty, nutritious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Excellent customer service which helps you connect with other students and the campus community is a goal with each visit to an on-campus dining site. Sites include Qdoba Mexican Eatery, Slices Pizzeria, These and Those Noodles, Simply Serve which emphasizes an allergen-free menu, and Mein Bowl an Asian cuisine site. Old favorites such as Chick-Fil-A, Dairy Bar, Einstein’s s Bagels, Erbert and Gerbert’s, Starbucks, and various C-Store locations are all eager to serve you.

Student Union

Chick-Fil-A: The nationally popular franchise offering some of the country’s favorite chicken sandwiches.

Created with Love: Site featuring a rotating pop-up restaurant initially offering a BBQ/Tailgating style menu.

Einstein’s Bagels: A campus favorite for breakfast including bagels, coffee, pastries and very comfy seating.

Grilled: Classic American fare, burgers, fries and other traditional menu items.

Mein Bowls: Build-your-own entrée noodle bowls following an Asian-themed menu.

Qdoba: This Mexican eatery offering burritos, and quesadillas, grilled and made to your preference.

Slices Pizza: This site offers classic pizza with your favorite toppings.

Union Coffee: For coffee and treats on-the-go.

Weary Wil’s (Shorty’s Hot Box): A sit-down evening dining experience with a food-truck type menu.

Larson Commons

Directly connected to Binnewies and Young residence halls Larson Commons is a full-service cafeteria offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in an all-you-can-eat format.  Variety of food and beverage options is a feature that students enjoy most about Larson Commons.  Besides a rotation of entrée offerings, salads, deli-sandwiches, burgers are also available at most meals.  Larson Commons also boasts a Simple Servings cooking site, which provides a menu free from the most common food allergies (e.g. dairy, peanuts, shellfish, gluten, etc.).

Erbert & Gerbert’s: Sub-sandwich shop located in the Larson C-Store.

Larson C-Store: An extensive C-store, which, besides the usual array of C-store products also offers fresh produce for students.

Hansen Hall

West-side residents will enjoy the near 24-hour access to food service sites with the updated C-store.  New to campus will be Le-Bread Express offering pizza and pastry cooked fresh on site.  Yo-Kai Noodle Express offering noodle bowls also with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, and a Starbuck Serenade site offering fresh-brewed coffee throughout the day.  A selection of typical C-store items is also offered at this site.

Dairy Bar

(East side of the Alfred Dairy Science building)

SDSU’s own Cookies & Cream, Barry Berry and dozens of other popular flavors of created-on-campus ice cream awaits you along with grab-n-go sandwiches and salads.  Full coffee/espresso/latte, blended coffee beverages using Caribou Coffees are also offered at this site.  


(Attached to the Southeast Apartment Complex)

A full-service coffee site offering Starbucks entire menu of popular beverages, sandwiches, and pastries with comfortable seating and an easy walk across campus.

Meal Plan Offerings and Costs

FY23 Meal Plan Costs

Plan Cost
Premier: Unlimited meals at Larson Commons plus $68.00 Flex Dollars per semester $2,127
100 Block: 100 meals at Larson Commons plus $865.00 Flex Dollars per semester $1,660
50 Block: 50 meals at Larson Commons plus $1,114.00 Flex Dollars per semester $1,660
Silver Flex $1,660
Bronze Flex $1,427
West Flex (available to upper division students living in Hansen Hall and Meadows Apartments) $830


Disability Services

Student Union 271


Disability Services Email

The Office of Disability Services recognizes that disability is a natural part of the human experience and an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community. To this end, the office collaborates with students, faculty, and staff across the University community to create a usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environment.

To pursue access to accommodations, students must provide current documentation of disability and complete the Student Information Form. Some of the accommodations Disability Services may provide include alternative format texts for students with print disabilities, sign language interpreters, accommodations for exams such extended time for testing, and referrals to other resources.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Enrollment Service Center



Financial Aid Email

The Financial Aid Office administers student financial assistance programs, including federal and state financial aid, SDSU scholarships and governmental agency awards. Students must complete and submit the FAFSA to be considered for most state and federal assistance. The SDSU Financial Aid Office is available to answer your FAFSA questions.

Financial Aid

View our Financial Aid Policy for an explanation of the different types of financial aid available to students and for information about financial aid processing.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

Federal regulations require the University to define and evaluate Satisfactory Academic Progress (“SAP”) for federal student financial aid applicants to ensure that the federal aid given to a student is used in a constructive manner and that the student is maintaining satisfactory advancement toward achieving a degree. This policy and its procedures set forth the SAP standards for students receiving financial aid at the University.


SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, participation in activities and leadership. Returning students can fill out the continuing student scholarship application each year to deem their eligibility for SDSU scholarships by logging on to their MyState to complete and submit the application.

Work Study


Work Study Email

The Federal Work-Study Program provides eligible students the opportunity to earn money for educational expenses. To be considered for Federal Work-Study, students must complete the FAFSA on or before March 1 indicating that they are interested in Work Study and meet additional need-based requirements established by the University. Students are responsible for obtaining employment to earn their Work-Study funds. Students are encouraged to inquire directly with any departments or facilities which they are interested in working at.


Hilton M. Briggs Library


Hilton M. Briggs Library Email

The Hilton M. Briggs Library is a center for learning, research, preservation, and discovery. It is committed to inspiring academic excellence, collaborative endeavor, creative scholarship, student engagement, and lifelong curiosity. The Briggs Library houses the University Archives and Special Collections and the Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study. The library is a welcoming environment with staff who provide in-depth research assistance. Resources for student use in the building include group and individual study rooms, conference and seminar rooms, over 400 individual study carrels, 32 public access computer stations, laptops and other technology that can be checked out, scanners, photocopiers, and microform readers, as well as vending machines including Caribou Coffee.



Research Guides

Reserve a Study Room


International Affairs

Briggs Library 119


International Affairs Email

The Office of International Affairs is the comprehensive home for international student and scholar services, international undergraduate admission, education abroad planning and community connections programs. All services and activities are intended to help enrich the experience of international students here at SDSU and to expand global engagement for all students, faculty and staff.

Resources include:

  • International Student Orientation
  • Interpreting Immigration Regulations
  • Advising
  • Issuing Official Documents
  • Maintaining Records

Education Abroad

Education abroad programs come in many different forms. Short-term programs are one to six weeks up to full semesters or an academic year. Find programs, schedules, financial information, faculty and parent resources and more.

Study Abroad and U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings Policy


Jack’s Cupboard

SE Side of Ben Reifel Hall

Jack’s Cupboard combats food insecurity by ensuring those students who struggle financially to purchase food are provided this free resource supported by students, faculty and staff. It is available to all students with a student ID and a bag to collect food items (although Jack’s Cupboard can supply students with a bag, if needed). Hours of operation can be found on the Jack’s Cupboard website or the Jack’s Cupboard Facebook page. Jack’s Cupboard has a Foundation account and students, faculty, and staff are invited to make a monetary donation through the Foundation for support of the Cupboard.  Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted at Jack’s Cupboard during hours of operation, at the Housing & Residential Life Office weekdays from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. or at the University Police Station (24/7). or in the Student Union (by the Information desk) whenever the Union is open.


Math Help Center

Architecture, Mathematics & Engineering building 292

The Math Help Center provides free walk-in tutoring for students in MATH 021, 101, 103, 114, 115, 120, 121, 123, 125, and STAT 281. Hours are posted on the website. No appointment is necessary. It is a great environment for working on your math homework. 


MyJacks Card

Student Union 140


Card Services Email

The Card Services Office at SDSU supports the SDSU community daily life and student success through an identification and transaction system that enhances security, adds convenience, provides seamless operation across campus and furthers the reputation of the University. The MyJacks Card mobile credential allows students access to their dining plan, Hobo Dough, and campus events, as well as door access to certain halls and buildings.

Lost/Stolen Credentials

Mobile Credential (ID card on your mobile device)

MyJacks Card Policy

This policy and its procedures set forth the protocols to ensure proper protection of identity of the cardholder, personal funds, card system equipment, and the integrity of the door access security system for the MyJacks Card credential.


New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation Email

By choosing SDSU, you’ve opened yourself up to endless opportunities and a fantastic future. And it all starts here – with New Student Orientation. We have great programs designed to help you prepare for life at State, from academics to extracurricular, and everything in between.

Apply to be an Orientation Leader


Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility

Student Union 271


Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility Email

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility (OMAA) has a commitment to aid in the assurance that all students have access to academic excellence, have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, and leave the university with the skills, perspectives, and abilities to serve as leaders in their future work, communities, and society. OMAA enhances and complements the university mission by broadening the social, cultural, educational, and recreational experience of students through student success advising services, accommodation services for students with identified disabilities, student leadership opportunities, educational programming, and more. For more information on what the OMAA has to offer, and to view the calendar of events, please visit their website.


Parking Services

1421 Student Union Lane—In Student Union Room 140


Parking Services Email

The SDSU Parking Services Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Parking & Traffic Regulations on the SDSU campus. To purchase a parking permit, view and edit vehicles associated to your permit, or to view, appeal or pay citations, please login to your Online Parking Account.

Parking Rules & Regulations

The SDSU Parking Rules and Regulations have been recommended and approved by the SDSU Parking and Traffic Committee, the Vice President of Finance & Business and the final approval of the President of South Dakota State University. To better familiarize yourself with parking on campus and to avoid citations, please review the Parking & Traffic Regulations prior to parking your vehicle on campus.


Printing Services

Yeager Hall


Printing Services Email

SDSU Printing Services provides complete printing solutions for the campus community and its affiliates. We offer excellent service at competitive prices. Our experienced professionals are dedicated to providing quality work for the SDSU community.

With the advent of desktop publishing programs, creating publications such as newsletters, brochures, posters, flyers, etc., has become much easier. Generally a project designed in-house does not necessarily mean it is “print ready”, nor does it mean it meets the graphic standards of university materials. 

The Office of University Marketing and Communications is charged with overseeing logo usage and university trademarks, for both internal and external audiences.  Projects being produced at Printing Services must first be routed through University Marketing and Communications to be approved or files prepared for printing.

Printing Services is also in the process of installing, tracking and maintaining a number of networked student facing print devices throughout campus. Students can ‘print” files to the cloud and securely release them by swiping their Myjacks card at the print terminal.  This is commonly referred to as “follow me” print. Files can also be deleted thereby saving students the cost of printing them.



Enrollment Services Center


Records and Registration Email

This one-stop-shop for university records stores all official information on enrollment and grades. But that’s not all we do.  Aside from keeping track of 12,000-plus students, the Office of Records and Registration also coordinates class schedules, maintains WebAdvisor (every student’s online portal of information), processes transcripts and assists students in the very important task of updating their own information, including address and name changes.

Records and Registration Forms


Residential Life

Caldwell Hall 167


Residential Life Email

Residential Life provides students with opportunities to grow personally, become globally aware, succeed academically, and realize answers to their questions in a residential campus setting. Residence halls include furnished rooms, lounge areas, kitchens and laundry facilities. In addition, the residence halls are located close to most academic buildings, dining options, and SDSU activities and events. The residential experience is also a great way to meet other students; with an open mind and an open door, students can develop lifelong friendships.

Apply for Housing

Housing Costs/Options

Residential Life Handbook

Living Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities at SDSU provide an environment for residents to connect their academics with life outside the classroom. Students who are accepted to live and participate in these communities have the opportunity to live with others whose academic interests match their own, be supported both academically and socially through intentional programs geared toward their learning community, and interact meaningfully with faculty and staff members.


Student Complaints

South Dakota State University’s primary objective is to assist students meet their academic goals through a positive and rigorous academic experience.  In the case that a student has a concern, the University’s procedures should be followed to address these concerns and/or complaints.  We strive to resolve these issues at the University level quickly and fairly.


Students’ Association

University Student Union 128, Box 2815


The Students’ Association is the official student government association of SDSU. The SA Senate is made up of representatives from each academic college and meets every Monday night at 7:00pm in the Lewis & Clark Room of the Student Union.

SA is the voice of the students of SDSU. As such, SA serves as a liaison between the student body, administration, the South Dakota Board of Regents, the state legislature, the city of Brookings, and other stakeholders.

All SDSU students who pay the General Activity Fee (all students enrolled in on-campus credits) are members of the Students’ Association. The SA Senate is comprised of representatives from each academic college as well as the student body. President and Vice President. The SA Senate meets weekly on Monday’s at 7:00pm in the Lewis & Clark Room of the Student Union to hear student concerns, talk about important campus issues, debate new policies, pass legislation, and allocate student fees. All SA Senate meetings are open to the public.


Student Conduct

Caldwell Hall 167


The function of Student Conduct is to sustain a quality educational environment throughout campus. SDSU has specific rules and regulations, as well as general guidelines for good citizenship and responsible behavior. The primary purpose of these standards is to protect the rights and property of all persons within the University community, and to ensure student success.

Student Academic Misconduct and Academic Appeals

Student Code


Student Employment

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A variety of part-time job opportunities, both on- and off-campus, are available for students during the academic year and summer. Employers on campus and in the community rely on students to fill their workforce needs and offer flexible work hours to accommodate students’ schedules. The SDSU Office of Career Development partners with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (SDDLR) to provide students assistance with their job search. Two online job boards available to students are:

  • Handshake, offered by Career Development. Students should use their MyState credentials to log in and search jobs.
  • South Dakota Works, offered by SDDLR.

Please contact the Office of Career Development for more information.

Payroll Office: Morrill Hall 306, 605-688-5781

Graduate Assistants


Graduate Assistants Email

Assistantships for graduate students provide outstanding students with financial resources to help them complete their degrees. Assistantships offer varying educational and professional benefits. The Graduate School administers and oversees the Guidelines for Graduate Assistantships.

Work Study


Work Study Email

The Federal Work-Study Program provides eligible students the opportunity to earn money for educational expenses. To be considered for Federal Work-Study, students must complete the FAFSA on or before March 1 and they must select that they are interested in Work Study on their FAFSA. Students are responsible for obtaining employment to earn their Work-Study funds. Students are encouraged to inquire directly with any departments or facilities which they are interested in working at. If students should need assistance obtaining a Work-Study position, they can contact the SDSU Department of Labor Office at (605)688-6668.


Student Legal Aid

Student Union 128


Student Legal Aid Email

The SDSU Students’ Association employs legal counsel, who can provide legal aid to students. This legal counsel cannot go to court with you, however, they can advise you on legal practices. They can assist you with rental agreements, citizenship procedures, and other legal matters. To book an appointment, please stop by or call the Students’ Association Office or send an email


Student Ombudsperson

Morrill Hall 312


In the role of the “Ombuds,” the Dean of Students acts as a mentor or arbitrator rather than a conduct hearing officer. The goal is to help a student resolve an issue before it becomes a problem.

What does an Ombuds Office do?

  • Listens to problems and concerns
  • Reviews possible options
  • Explains policies and procedures
  • Provides information regarding available resources
  • Provides information about formal and informal grievance reporting options
  • Makes referrals
  • Facilitates communication between people

What an Ombuds Office does NOT do:

  • Take sides in a dispute
  • Determine guilt or innocence
  • Give legal advice
  • Offer psychological counseling
  • Participate in any formal grievance process
  • Represent or advocate for any individual or group


Student Outcome Data

In keeping with federal requirements and other expectations of accreditation, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requires that student outcome data be made public and available to students and their families. To satisfy this requirement the following data is to be made public: graduation rates, retention rates, licensure rates, and data about students after graduation (such as graduate school enrollment, employment, etc.) for undergraduate and graduate-level students, and other similar information.


Support Desk

Morrill Hall 131


Support Desk Email

The Support Desk provides free technology support for students, staff, and faculty. They are able to help with computer issues, gaining internet access, software and programming issues, and other technology issues. If you have any technology-based problems or any technology related questions, contact the Support Desk at 605-688-6776.



Facilities & Services


Sustainability creates a society that can provide for itself today and for future generations. To accomplish this, sustainability considers three deeply interconnected concepts: environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality. Maintaining environmental health means to preserve, restore, and utilize of the earth’s natural resources in a way that does not inhibit ecological services, remove resources faster than they can be replenished, or harm the surrounding environment. Social equity works to ensure all people have access to basic human needs, such as, quality education, sufficient healthcare, proper sanitation, shelter, a meaningful livelihood, access to nutritious food, and the opportunity to pursue aspirations. Finally, economic sustainability looks to maintain a viable economy. When all three pillars are considered, we have a healthy planet, supportive communities, and a thriving economy.  

By including sustainability on campus, SDSU joins the world’s efforts to provide a better future. Here at SDSU, Facilities & Services – Sustainability promotes and encourages sustainable lifestyles through the integration of sustainability concepts in academics, engagement, operations, and administration.

All students play an important role in improving SDSU sustainability. Each student is encouraged to practice sustainability in their daily Jackrabbit life from doing simple actions like recycling and using a reusable water bottle to more committed actions like commuting to campus by bike or enrolling in the sustainability minor program. Students interested in getting more involved in campus sustainability efforts should contact the Sustainability Specialist. To learn more about SDSU sustainability efforts visit the sustainability website

*** Recycling also plays a role in campus sustainability. While living in the residential halls, students are responsible for properly recycling and for emptying their recycling bins in the outside recycling dumpsters. Please do not bag your recyclables, but instead place the items directly into the dumpster. Recycling bins should not be removed from rooms. Students living off campus should work with their property manager regarding how to recycle. Students owning their home can request a recycling bin from the City of Brookings.



MyState is used for changing your minor, applying for graduation, and has many other useful shortcuts.

D2L is SDSU’s online learning platform which provides access to course materials.

Banner is used for accepting financial aid, registering for classes, and paying tuition bills.

ConnectState is used to make advising appointments, send messages to instructors or advisors, and access information about courses, progress reports and campus resources.

Jacks Email is your official University email that can be used for writing messages, keeping a personal address book, organizing your schedule and saving important documents, pictures, messages and contacts with unlimited amount of storage.

Student wireless network can be accessed through the SDSUStudent network with an active student account. 

For technology support and technology related questions, please contact the Support Desk at 605-688-6776 or submit a ticket at


Testing Center

1100 College Ave.- SDSU Campus


Testing Center Email

The mission of the South Dakota State University Testing Center (SDSTATE-TC) is to assist individuals reach their academic and professional goals by providing a secure, friendly and comfortable environment where exams are administered, proctored, and scored with integrity. The SDSTATE-TC adheres to the standards set forth by the National Collegiate Test Association Professional Standards and Guidelines.


The SDSTATE-TC has several workstations in private, semi-private and small group settings that are quiet and distraction free. Appointments can be made for placement exams, CLEP exams, online exams, and accommodated exams through the online appointment site Register Blast, which can be found on MyState. Payment to have prior learning credit (i.e., CLEP credit, IB, etc.) placed on your transcript can now be made online at MyState under the Application for Placement Credit Form tab. The Testing Center is located south of the Dairy Bar, between the Barn and Ag Hall.


Transfer Policy

You are considered a transfer student if you have college credits from an accredited institution and are six or more months beyond high school graduation. The SDState Admissions Office processes applications on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply in advance of the semester they wish to attend in order to arrange housing, apply for financial assistance and attend New Student Orientation.


TRIO Student Support Services

Larson Commons 104


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is designed to provide a supportive community for students in transition to college. Our enthusiastic staff provide various support services to promote each participant’s personal, academic and professional achievement. These supports include advising, academic resources, peer mentoring, career planning and involvement opportunities. TRIO serves first-generation college students, students who meet income qualifications, and students with a disability. To benefit from TRIO’s services, please call 605-688-6653, or fill out the TRIO SSS Application.


University Police Department

University Police Department


University Police Department Email

The University Police Department serves an important role in the safety and security of the campus community. We have assembled a strong team of law enforcement professionals, communications specialists, and student patrol officers to provide for a safe and secure environment. Our law enforcement division includes the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, 3 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 8 full time police officers and 4 part time police officers. Collectively, our full time law enforcement staff represents more than 150 years of experience and thousands of hours of advanced law enforcement and public safety training.

Firearm Storage Information

Jackrabbits Guardian

  • Setting up friends and family as guardians
  • Creating a Safety Timer Session
  • Emergency Call Button


University Student Union

University Student Union (USU)


Designed with students in mind, the SDSU University Student Union (USU) in the heart of campus is constantly buzzing. The USU is so much more than meeting rooms. Where else can you grab a bite to eat, curl up with a good book next to the fireplace, buy books and clothes, check your email, or dance the night away with a few hundred of your closest friends—all in one place?

Student Activities 

University Student Union 136


Located in the center for Student Engagement, Student Activities (OSA) is the go-to place for student involvement opportunities. We offer support to more than 240 student clubs and organizations, help students start new clubs, and maintain Jacks Club Hub, SDSU’s official information headquarters for student organization information and events. OSA is also home to Fraternity & Sorority Life, (FSL); University Traditions, Hobo Day, and State A Thon; and University Program Council, the primary student event planning organization.   


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BluePrint Email

BluePrint is a student-driven design and print center that is committed to customer service and quality design, print and promotion of student and department events. Digital displays, interior and exterior banners, and T-stands in the University Student Union are all promotional spaces reserved and designed by our talented graphic design students. Our designers are also available to assist customers with custom projects such as logo design, promotional buttons, brochures, event programs and invitations.

Don’t need design work? We can also assist with simple walk-in printing needs of homework and other class projects. Find us located in the lower level of the University Student Union.

Central Reservations

Student Union 150


Central Reservation Email

Central Reservations, located in the Student Union, provides reservation services for students, staff, alumni, and guests. To make a reservation, call 605-688-4022 or email to schedule your event today.

Event Services

Student Union 150


Event Services strives to provide SDSU students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with friendly, efficient and dependable full service special events, meeting and conference coordination. Our goal is to provide accurate and efficient reservation information and scheduling, and to educate them about the planning process. This will help ensure a successful event as well as provide the individual with the resources necessary to plan and execute events successfully.

Information Exchange

Student Union 150


Information Exchange is located on the Main level of the University Student Union near the west entrance. We offer sales and services such as faxing, cashing checks, laptop rental, poster approval, stamp & envelope sales, campus maps, and event ticket sales. Information Exchange attendants can also assist you with meeting room reservations and advise you on the event planning process.

State Tech

Student Union 150


State Tech provides party packages at affordable prices, quality PA  concert sound systems to make your event a success, as well as professional lighting so it can be seen. State Tech operates and maintains lighting, stage and sound equipment to service students and University needs across campus ranging from lectures, dances, movies and major concerts.


Verification of Student Identity

SDSU requires that students utilize a secure username and password to access their online courses through the course management system, Desire2Learn (D2L).  Students enrolled in SDSU online courses may incur additional costs associate with online learning; such as, but not limited, test proctoring and technology (software/hardware).  Any requirements regarding proctoring or other tools of verification will be noted in the course syllabus and/or outline.  Click here for more information regarding online tuition and fees.


Veterans Affairs

Brown Hall 134


Veterans Affairs Email

The mission of South Dakota State University Veterans Affairs Office is to assist military veterans, their family members and their survivors in obtaining all federal and state educational benefits and entitlements they have earned by serving in the United States military, and to provide guidance and support services that will aid veterans in their transition to academic and civilian life. Veteran Affairs office hosts events throughout the school year to provide connection and comradery with fellow student veterans and services members.

South Dakota State became the state’s first, and the nation’s ninth Purple Heart Campus. A dedication ceremony was held at Grove Hall on November 9, 2018. Honored attendees were students, staff, retired faculty and community members who have received Purple Hearts.


Miller Wellness Center

Miller Wellness Center


Wellness Center Email

The Miller Wellness Center is dedicated to supporting academic success and personal development by promoting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for the members of the SDSU community. The Miller Wellness Center houses state of the art fitness equipment, a variety of recreational and intramural programs, effective wellness education, and a student health clinic and counseling services.

Wellness Center Policies and Guidelines

South Dakota State University Wellness Center Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, Indemnification and Release Agreement, and Consent to Medical Treatment

Wellness Center Employee Application

Fitness and Recreation

Miller Wellness Center


The Miller Wellness Center provides access to many services and opportunities to help you meet your goals and have fun doing it! We offer Sport Clubs, Intramurals, Nutrition Services, Outdoor Programs, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Youth Camps. Be sure to check out the details and contact us with any questions!

Student Health Clinic and Counseling

Miller Wellness Center


The mission of South Dakota State University Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services is to promote the health and wellness of the university community, to enhance student retention, and to support the academic and personal success of all students. Appointments are also available online by going to your MyState account and accessing your Jackrabbits Health Clinic and Counseling Portal. The Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services provides primary care, reproductive health, adult immunizations, vaccines, nutrition counseling, and counseling services.

Immunization Requirements & Forms

Insurance Billing

Miller Wellness Center


The Student Health Clinic charges for all services incurred at the clinic and will submit charges to participating insurance companies. Examples of charges include: office visits, lab work, injections, physicals, and procedures. You will be required to provide a current copy of your insurance card at the time of your visit. For questions about billing at the Student Health Clinic please see our insurance page.


You@SDState emphasizes individual well-being and self-awareness in order to connect students to information, campus resources, peers and opportunities. From academics and social life, to mental and physical health, You@SDState is a new kind of solution, focused on skill-building for holistic wellness rather than specific deficiencies. Depending on the need, the want, or the will, students can connect with hundreds of pieces of content within each section of You@SDState. Students can also use the system-wide search function to locate more specific assistance in the moment.


Nod is a research app for students that taps into positive psychology and the science of social connections to help students build the friendships they want and need. Forming and maintaining social connections is a challenge and remains a core component of the student experience. Nod is not a social media app, but is all about helping you achieve your social goals in real life.

Jackrabbit Pharmacy

Miller Wellness Center 


The SDSU Jackrabbit Pharmacy serves all eligible SDSU students, faculty/staff, and their family members. The SDSU Jackrabbit Pharmacy accepts prescriptions from doctors outside of the student health clinic. We offer competitively priced over-the-counter and prescription medications. 


Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center

Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center


The Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center is a hub for everything related to your success as an SDSU student. Through various programs and Study Hub, the Wintrode Center provides tips and resources for students that help them gain the skills they need to move forward with confidence.

First Year Advising

Most first-year students are advised in the First-Year Advising Center. First-year advisors help students with their transition to college, employing a holistic approach to support students beyond academics. Do you have questions about your major, courses you should take, study skills, or how to get involved on campus? Your advisor can help you create a plan that will help you achieve your goals.

Early Alert

Early Alert is a communication process through which faculty will keep you and your advisors informed about your progress in your courses. If you receive a Performance Notification email from a professor, contact that professor or your academic advisor for assistance with improving your outcomes in that course. Notifications begin the first week of each semester and continue throughout the term.


The Wintrode Tutoring Program offers free tutoring to students in select courses to help you improve your understanding of course material, improve your grades, and increase your confidence in relation to course material. Tutors will help you understand course content and develop study strategies to use in current and future courses at SDSU.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. Through SI, you will work with other students to discuss important course concepts, develop strategies for studying, and test yourself before the professor does so you are ready for the exam. SI sessions focus on integrating what to learn with how to learn it. Students who attend SI earn, on average, one-half to one full letter grade higher than students who don’t participate.

Academic Success & Recovery

The Academic Success & Recovery Program supports students who are on academic probation or are returning after an academic suspension. If you work with the Academic Success & Recovery Program, you will enroll in either ACS 111 - Strategies for Academic Success, or ACS 140 - Academic Recovery, courses that help you develop learning and self-management skills. You will also have access to success advising, peer mentoring, or individual counseling.

Success Advising

Contact the Wintrode Center to schedule an appointment with a Success Advisor. Success Advisors can help you create an academic success plan to develop your academic skills. Key areas of emphasis include time management, study habits, and building relationships with faculty and staff.

Opportunity Center

The Opportunity Center embraces SDSU’s land-grant mission by supporting educational access for all students. We strive to facilitate student experiences and connections to help you achieve your academic and personal goals. Through development of an interconnected Student Success NETwork, the Opportunity Center works with campus partners to facilitate referrals that support students’ holistic needs, enhancing each student’s opportunity for success. 


Writing Center

Briggs Library 103


The SDSU Writing Center serves all students enrolled in the university, both graduate and undergraduate. Students can chat about an essay for a composition or history class, a research paper, abstracts for a human development or sociology paper, or a job or graduate school application letter-in short, any type of writing that they have concerns about. Consultations take place during any stage of the writing process - from determining the ideas, focus, and framework to citing sources and figuring out how semi-colons work and polishing the style.

Undergraduate students can schedule an appointment on ConnectState, graduate students can schedule an appointment by calling 605-688-6559.


Disclaimers and Resources

The information contained in this handbook is the most accurate available at the time of publication, but changes may become effective before the next handbook is published. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to stay abreast of current regulations, curricula, and the status of specific programs being offered. Further, The University reserves the right, as approved by the Board of Regents, to modify requirements, curricula offerings, and charges, and to add, alter, or delete courses and programs through appropriate procedures. While reasonable efforts will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices.

The South Dakota State University Policy and Procedure Manual is the definitive source for the most current South Dakota State University policies.  Policies duplicated on other websites or in print may not be the most current version. All policies documented on the site are official and supersede policies located elsewhere. South Dakota State University is governed by state and federal law, administrative regulations, and policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and the State of South Dakota.