Authorization for Individual Institutional Policies
Each university may adopt specific admission regulations, consistent with law and the requirements set by the Board of Regents, as may be required for each school or program to assure acceptable student preparation and enrollment levels. A copy of such regulations and any subsequent amendments shall be filed with the Executive Director and shall be subject to review by the Board of Regents.
The Board of Regents (BOR) requires that all students meet the minimum course requirements for admission to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. These are described below under South Dakota Board of Regents Minimum Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
In addition, The Board of Regents approved the following requirements for admission to the School of Mines:
The School of Mines will carefully review and consider for acceptance applicants who meet the general education requirements and the following criteria:
- Achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Complete high school coursework requirements as listed below
- Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
- ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 20/520
- Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
- Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam
- OR are South Dakota Regents’ Scholars
*Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis.
All applicants not meeting the admission requirements listed above will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.
School of Mines ACT CODE - 3922
School of Mines SAT CODE - 6652
South Dakota Board of Regents Minimum Undergraduate Course Requirements
- Minimum Course Requirements
All baccalaureate or general studies students under twenty four (24) years of age, including students transferring with fewer than twenty-four (24) credit hours, must meet the following minimum high school course requirements:
- Four years of English - Courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis. One year of debate instruction may be included to meet this requirement.
- Three years of advanced mathematics - algebra, geometry, trigonometry or other advanced mathematics including accelerated or honors mathematics (algebra) provided at the 8th grade level; not included are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or other similar courses.
- Three years of laboratory science - Courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one (1) regular laboratory period is scheduled each week. Accelerated or honors science (biology, physics, or chemistry) provided in the 8th grade shall be accepted. Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be decided on a case-by-case basis.
- Three years of social studies - History, economics, sociology, geography, government - including U.S. and South Dakota, American Problems, etc.
- One year of fine arts for students graduating from South Dakota high schools - Art, theatre, or music (appreciation, analysis, or performance). Documented evidence of high school level noncredit fine arts activity will be accepted for students graduating from high schools in states that do not require completion of courses in fine arts for graduation.
- Alternate Criteria for Minimum Course Requirements
- Students who do not successfully complete four years of English may meet minimum course requirements through one of the following:
- An ACT subtest score of 18 or above;
- An Advanced Placement Language and Composition or Literature and Composition score of 3 or above.
- Students who do not successfully complete three years of advanced mathematics may meet minimum course requirements through one of the following:
- An ACT mathematics subtest score of 20 or above;
- An Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC score of 3 or above.
- Students who do not successfully complete three years of laboratory science may meet minimum course requirements through one of the following:
- An ACT science reasoning subtest score of seventeen (17) or above;
- An Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, or Physics B score of 3 or above.
- Students who do not successfully complete three years of social studies may meet minimum course requirements through one of the following:
- An ACT Social Studies/Reading subtest score of seventeen (17) or above;
- An Advanced Placement Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Comparative or United States Government and Policies, European or United States History, or Psychology score of 3 or above.
- Students graduating from South Dakota high schools that do not successfully complete one year of fine arts may demonstrate fine arts knowledge or competency through the following:
- An Advanced Placement History of Art, Studio Art drawing, or general portfolio or Music Theory score of 3 or above.
For purposes of admission, a degree seeking student who has attained the age of 24 and has not previously attended any post-secondary institution is classified as a non-traditional student. Non-traditional students who are high school graduates or have completed the general equivalency diploma (GED) and can demonstrate college algebra readiness will be considered for admission.
It is the policy of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to recognize that there is a great diversity in the background and goals of non-traditional students seeking college admissions. Each individual is evaluated for admission to the School of Mines based on the minimum admission requirements as prescribed by the Board of Regents and who demonstrate college algebra readiness. Additional consideration will be given to non-traditional students who do not meet the BOR undergraduate admission requirements.
Non-traditional students who are high school graduates and meet the university minimum requirements and demonstrate college algebra readiness will be admitted.
Non-High School Graduates
An applicant for baccalaureate or associate’s admissions who is not a high school graduate must:
Be 18 years or older to meet the compulsory school attendance requirement in South Dakota; and completed the general equivalency diploma (GED) with the following minimum test scores:
The total cumulative standard test scores for all five tests items must total 580 with no standard test score below 145 or complete the High School Equivalency test (HiSET) and obtain a minimum score on each of the five subsections; OR complete the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and obtain a minimum score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories.
South Dakota high school graduates completing the following high school courses with no final grade below a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and an average grade of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) shall be designated as Regents Scholars and shall be eligible to receive a Regents Scholar Diploma upon request by a high school administrator to the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. High school graduates designated as Regents Scholars automatically are admitted to all six public universities. (Regent Scholars still need to submit the admission application.)
- 4 units of English: Courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis; one year of debate instruction may be included to meet this requirement.
- 4 units of algebra or higher mathematics: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics including accelerated or honors mathematics (algebra) provided at the eighth grade level; not included are arithmetic, business, consumer or general mathematics, or other similar courses.
- 4 units of science including 3 units of approved laboratory science: Courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one (1) regular laboratory period is scheduled each week. Accelerated or honors science (biology, physics, or chemistry) provided in the eighth grade shall be accepted. Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be decided on a case-by-case basis.
- 3 units of social studies: History, economics, sociology, geography, government-including U.S. and South Dakota, American Problems, and so on.
- 2 units of a modern (including American Sign Language) or classical language
- 1 unit of fine arts: Effective fall 2002 for students graduating from South Dakota high schools in: Art, theatre, or music appreciation, analysis, or performance.
A student who has interrupted attendance by a semester or more must submit an application for readmission and if attendance has been interrupted by three or more semesters, a student is also required to pay the application fee. Any student not under academic or disciplinary suspension will be automatically readmitted.
Undergraduate Transfer Admission
- Transfers to Baccalaureate Programs
Students under twenty-four (24) years of age transferring into baccalaureate degree programs with fewer than twenty-four (24) transfer credit hours must meet the freshman baccalaureate degree admission requirements. Students with twenty-four (24) or more transfer credit hours with a GPA of at least 2.75 and proof of college algebra readiness are automatically accepted into baccalaureate degree programs. Transfer students with GPAs less than 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the SD Mines Admissions Committee. Transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA below 2.0 will not be admitted degree-seeking. If students are applying for federal financial aid, they must meet federal guidelines for transfer students.
- Students who Transfer to Associate Programs
Students who are under the age of twenty four (24) at the start of the term and who are transferring into associate degree programs with fewer than 12 transfer credits hours must meet the associate degree admissions requirements. Students with 12 or more transfer credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 may transfer into associate’s degree programs. Specific degree programs may include additional admissions requirements.
- Students from Accredited Colleges or Universities
Students may be accepted by transfer from other non-Regental universities outside of the SD system: preferential consideration shall be given to applicants from institution which are accredited by their respective regional accrediting association. Advanced standing shall be allowed within the framework of existing rules in each college. (Refer to BOR policy 2:5, Transfer of Credit)
- Students from Non-Accredited Colleges
A university is not required to accept credits from a non-accredited college or university. The university may admit the applicant on a provisional basis and provide a means for the evaluation of some or all of the credits. Credits from colleges or universities which are not accredited by a regional accrediting association may be considered for transfer subject to all other provisions in BOR Policy 2:5 and any conditions for validation which may be prescribed by the accepting institution.
- Former Students
A student returning to the institution or a student who has attended another higher education institution in the Board of Regents system is required to pay the application fee and, he or she must also submit an application for readmission and other required documents if he or she has interrupted attendance by two (2) or more semesters. A former student will be considered a transfer student if he or she has attended another institution during the period of interruption of attendance.
- Suspended Students
A transfer applicant under academic suspension from the last college attended shall not be considered for admission during the period of suspension or, if suspended for an indefinite period, until one (1) semester has passed since the last date of attendance at the previous school.
- Disciplined Students
A transfer applicant under disciplinary suspension shall not be considered for admission until a clearance and a statement of the reason for suspension is filed from the previous institution. The university shall take into account the previous suspension in considering the application.
Special (Non-degree Seeking) Students
A prospective student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology who wishes to be classified as a special student must complete the Application for Non-degree Seeking Student. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for all federal financial aid programs, including the GI Bill ® and are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 30 credit hours as non-degree seeking. Non-degree seeking students must submit an official copy of their previous college transcript(s) if necessary to verify prerequisites.
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
A high school student wishing to take courses at School of Mines should begin by contacting the Admissions Office at School of Mines and the Principal’s Office or Guidance Office at the high school he or she currently attends to receive the high school’s approval to participate. This approval should accompany the Board of Regents High School Dual Credit Admissions Application. Please refer to the legislative SDCL 13-28-37, enacted by the South Dakota Legislature in 1990. This bill states the following: “Postsecondary enrollment-Responsibility for cost-Failing grade eliminates eligibility. Any student enrolled in grades ten, eleven, and twelve may apply to an institution of higher education or a postsecondary vocational education institution as a special student in a course or courses offered at the institution of higher education or postsecondary vocational education institution. The student shall obtain the school district’s approval of the post-secondary course or courses prior to enrolling. If approved, the student shall receive full credit toward high school graduation as well as post-secondary credit for each postsecondary course. The resident school district may pay all or part of the tuition and fees for a course approved for credit toward high school graduation in accordance with this section. The student is responsible for any tuition and fees not paid by the resident school district and for any other costs involved with attending a postsecondary institution. If a failing grade is received in a postsecondary course under this section, the student receiving the failure is no longer eligible to enroll for post-secondary courses under this section.”
Additional Admissions Policies and Practices
Institutions authorized by the Board of Regents to offer graduate study programs may admit students selected according to regulations established by each faculty. A graduate student will be defined as one who has been accepted into a graduate school.
All entering students seeking an associate or baccalaureate degree must provide valid Enhanced ACT scores, SAT/SAT-I scores, or must take the ACCUPLACER examination in the areas of writing skills, mathematics, and reading. All non-degree seeking students enrolling in English and mathematics courses must provide Enhanced ACT scores, SAT/SAT-I scores, or must take the ACCUPLACER examination in the areas of writing skills and mathematics.
Students transferring within the South Dakota Board of Regents system will be allowed to transfer their placement test scores and continue their sequence of courses in English and/or mathematics.
The placement process will be consistent for all Regental institutions.
Applications and Procedures
- Application for Tuition and Fee Reductions and Scholarships Established by the Legislature
Students should contact the Admissions Office for information on eligibility for tuition and fee reductions and scholarships established by the Legislature.
- Application Submission
An applicant for admission must submit the required application for admission and the necessary official transcript or transcripts and other required documents to the Office of Admissions (501 E. Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701).
- Records Required
Applicants who are twenty-one (21) years of age or younger must submit Enhanced ACT (or SAT-I) results, an official high school transcript, if a high school graduate, or proof of GED and an official transcript for all previous college work as part of their application. In those cases where an admissions decision can be made based on the student’s academic record, the requirements to submit ACT/SAT-I results may be waived. Applicants who are older than twenty-one (21) years of age and who do not have valid ACT / SAT-I exam results (taken within the last 5 years), or who have not taken the exams are not expected to take the exam. However, they are required to submit an official high school transcript, if a high school graduate, and an official transcript for all college work. Applicants should also submit any other records, data, or letters required to support eligibility for admission, including competency test scores. SAT scores will be converted to ACT equivalencies according to a conversion table approved by the Board of Regents. Note: An official transcript is one that bears the original seal and signature of the official in charge of records at that institution and is sent directly from the institution.
- Preadmission Immunization Requirements
In accordance with state law, every student (graduate and undergraduate) who has been admitted to a post-secondary institution - either public or private - in the state of South Dakota who meets established criteria is obliged to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Relevant criteria (the key factors which drive the need for compliance) are delineated below:
- Age: students born on or after January 1, 1957 must comply; those born prior to this date are excused.
- Course schedule: students who register for two or more credit-bearing classes - and at least one course involves face-to-face contact on a weekly basis for multiple weeks - are obliged to comply. This includes participation at all campuses, centers (including University Center, Capital University Center, and West River Higher Learning Center), and off-campus meeting locations.
- Academic background: students who have completed prior collegiate coursework in the state of South Dakota (initiated prior to July 1, 2008) are excused from compliance. Note: credits earned through distance learning, dual credit agreements, and exam/validation do not qualify.
- Acceptable evidence of immunity to each disease includes:
||Immunization record which specifies administration of two doses of vaccine; Medical laboratory report that verifies presence of disease-specific antibodies in the blood (i.e., positive blood titer); and /or, documentation of disease state as diagnosed by a qualified physician.
The law recognizes that special circumstances may preclude ability to demonstrate compliance as detailed above. Those students for whom vaccination presents a threat to health/well-being and those who adhere to a religious doctrine that opposes immunizations may petition for a permanent exemption or temporary waiver as appropriate. Forms are available at: http://sdmines.sdsmt.edu/studentlife/forms. Please note: the statute does not allow for philosophical objections.
- Submit application for admission.
- Enclose non-refundable application fee with application for admission ($20.00).
- ACT or SAT I scores must be on file in the Admissions Office.
- Applicants must arrange to have an official copy of their high school transcript forwarded to the Admissions Office after their junior year is complete and grades have been recorded. A final official transcript will also be necessary in order to verify final class rank, graduation, and satisfaction of the minimum course requirements for admission to South Dakota Public Higher Education Institutions. Transcripts can be sent to the Admissions Office by mail to: 501 E. Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 or through an approved electronic third party vendor at: email@example.com.
- Prospective freshmen desiring scholarship consideration must be accepted for admission prior to January 15.
- Application for admission.
- Non-refundable application fee of $20.00.
- An official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended. (Must be sent directly by the institution attended to the Admissions Office by mail to: 501 E. Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 or through an approved electronic third-party vendor at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All applicants must submit a high school transcript, or other proof of graduation from high school.
- If not a high school graduate, they must submit copies of their high school equivalency/GED scores.
- Applicants younger than twenty-one (21) who have completed less than 24 semester credits of college work must submit official copies of SAT I or ACT scores in addition to the above documents.
- Applicants who will be less than 21 years of age at the beginning of the semester for which they are applying for admission, and who have completed less than 24 credit hours of college coursework must also meet freshman admission requirements.
Transfer applicants will be notified of their admission status at School of Mines shortly after all of the above documents have been submitted.
Undergraduate International Student Admissions
To be considered for undergraduate admission, international applicants must meet the following criteria. See Application Requirements below for details.
- Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the secondary (high school) and post-secondary (college) education levels.
- Applicants must be proficient in English; please review details about our English requirements.
- Applicants must provide an acceptable SAT or ACT score. Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.
The following items are necessary before a request for admission can be processed. If admitted, the form I-20 is usually necessary for admission to the United States for college attendance. The REQUIRED items for admission are listed below.
- Completed online application and the State of South Dakota application fee of $20.00. (Your application will not be processed until the $20.00 fee is paid. We do not allow fee waivers.)
- Academic credentials (translated into English). This includes high school transcripts and transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
- For a transcript to be considered official, it must be sent directly from the issuing institution to our university.
- All copied documents must be certified by an official school or government seal as originals or certified photocopies.
- ALL documents must be in a sealed envelope with university or government agency stamping across the seal. For examples, visit: https://www.sdsmt.edu/Admissions/International-Students/
- If you are attending an institution in the US and they have the official documents, they may send certified copies of these documents to us in the same manner.
- All documents become the property of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS - there are 3 ways we can receive electronic official college transcripts.
eSCRIP-SAFE, the Global Electronic Transcript Delivery Network, supplements traditional paper transcripts by providing high schools, colleges, universities, and third-party recipients with a network through which official transcripts are delivered in a secure and trusted environment. Delivery is instantaneous, fully trackable, and most importantly, easy to use. Business processes need not change and joining the network is simple.
Other international electronic transcript services may be considered. Please contact the Ivanhoe International Center for more information.
- English proficiency - This is usually the TOEFL or IELTS; please review details about our English requirements.
- SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT. If the SAT or ACT is not readily available in your country, alternatives will be considered. Scores must be sent directly from the issuing organization. The website for SAT is: http://sat.collegeboard.org/home and the website for ACT is: http://www.actstudent.org/.
South Dakota Mines ACT code: 3922
South Dakota Mines SAT code: 6652
Evaluation of your academic credentials for transfer credit.
Evaluation of academic credentials are completed AFTER a student is fully admitted. All syllabi, in English, should be submitted at the time the transcript is sent.
An academic department may require submission of academic credentials to an independent credential evaluation service, the charge for which will be paid by the student. SDSM&T only accepts credential evaluations from these specified organizations.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) at https://www.ece.org/ (order a course-by-course match)
World Education Services (WES) at http://www.wes.org/ (order a course by course report, ICAP recommended)
Financial information documenting ability to pay
If you are admitted, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires that a US college or university issuing form I-20 or DS-2019 establish that the student has financial resources adequate to meet expenses while studying at the school (see Costs for International Students). The I-20 or DS-2019 form will not be issued without appropriate financial documents. Financial information is not required for admission.
To be considered for admissions scholarships, first-time freshmen need to be ADMITTED by January 15 and meet the scholarship requirements. This is a firm deadline. Students must submit ACT/SAT scores to be considered for merit-based scholarships. For more information on scholarships available, visit the Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen page.
South Dakota Mines does not have a specific deadline for admission. However, all international applicants should submit their documents at least THREE MONTHS prior to the start of the semester they plan to enroll. This will allow time to apply for the appropriate visa and to make travel arrangements.
Applications and Other Forms
See Costs and Fees for International Students
Electronic University Consortium
In fall 2000, the Electronic University Consortium (EUC) came online at: www.WorldClassEducation.org. The EUC provides a single connection point for distance education offerings from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, as well as our sister institutions South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Dakota State University, Northern State University, and Black Hills State University. Students from throughout the world are able to register for and participate in classes offered via the Internet from any of these institutions. Courses offered by two-way interactive video and by correspondence are also listed on the EUC.
Current Reduced Tuition Programs for Non-Residents
The current non-resident tuition rate is $391.10 per credit hour. For more information, contact the Cashier’s Office at (605) 394-2372 or e-mail email@example.com.
Reduced tuition is available for certain non-resident first-time freshmen, new transfers, and international students. Students already enrolled in the public university system prior to summer 2006 will not be eligible for the new non-resident rate. Tuition assistance is also available to National Guard members, ROTC cadets, South Dakota State Employees, certain elementary and secondary school teachers and vocational instructors, and persons 65 years of age or older. Graduate students who hold a state contract for an assistantship or fellowship may also be entitled to special reduced tuition and should contact the Graduate Education Office at (605) 394-1206. For current tuition information see the website: www.sdsmt.edu.
Students from Minnesota can currently attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at a comparable rate to Minnesota resident tuition under the Minnesota Reciprocity agreement. For more information: www.sdbor.edu/policy/5_FinanceBusiness/documents/5-5-1.pdf.
South Dakota Advantage Reduced Tuition Program
Beginning in the summer of 2019, new students who reside in the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming will qualify to receive tuition and fees at the in-state rate.
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)
The WUE tuition rate is 150 percent of the resident rate: $374.60 per credit hour compared to $249.70. For more information, contact the Cashier’s Office at (605) 394-2372 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reduced tuition rate is available for non-resident first-time freshmen and new transfers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Students already enrolled in the public university system prior to summer 2016 will not be eligible for the WUE rate. For more information: http://wiche.edu/wue.
Other Reduced Tuition Programs
Tuition assistance is also available to National Guard members, ROTC cadets, South Dakota State Employees, certain elementary and secondary school teachers and vocational instructors, and persons 65 years of age or older. Graduate students who hold a state contract for an assistantship or fellowship may also be entitled to special reduced tuition and should contact the Graduate Education Office at (605) 394-1206. For current tuition information see the website: www.sdsmt.edu.
Veterans that have established a permanent residence in South Dakota shall be granted resident status and are not subject to the 12-month residency requirement.
Any person who is actively serving in the armed forces of the United States and is stationed in South Dakota will be classified as a resident for tuition purposes. This shall also apply to the spouse of the active duty personnel.
Resident and Nonresident Classification of Students
Purposes of Classification
Each person who applies for admission to a university shall be classified as a resident or a nonresident for admissions and tuition and fees purposes (See Policy 2:3 Admissions and Policy 5:5 Tuition and Fees).
Information, Burden of Establishing Residency, Reclassification
- The decision shall be based upon information provided by the student and all other relevant information.
- The institution is authorized to require such written documents, affidavits, verifications, or other evidence as are deemed necessary to establish the residence of the student, including proof of emancipation, adoption, or appointment of a guardian.
- Students have the burden of establishing residency by clear and convincing evidence.
- Students may appeal the original classification decision by written petition to a reviewing body appointed by the chief executive officer of the institution within thirty (30) days after registration for that semester. The recommendation of the reviewing body shall be submitted to the chief executive officer for a decision. The decision of the chief executive officer shall be final, but students who have been classified as nonresidents retain full rights to petition the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents for reclassification after they have remained in South Dakota continuously for 12 months.
- After twelve (12) months continuous presence in South Dakota, students who were initially classified as nonresidents may petition for reclassification.
- Petitions for reclassification shall be filed with the Executive Director, who shall act upon them. The Executive Director shall report his disposition of such petitions to the Board at its regularly scheduled meetings. These reports shall be summarized in a manner consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
- If a petition for reclassification is granted, the reduced tuition rate shall become effective with the first semester or session following the date on which the petition is granted. Students who fail to request resident status prior to a particular semester or session or to pursue a timely appeal shall be deemed to have waived any claim for reduced tuition for that semester or session.
- A student or prospective student who knowingly provides false information or refuses to provide or conceals information for the purpose of improperly achieving resident student status is subject to the full range of penalties, including expulsion, provided for by the Board of Regents.
Establishing Bona Fide Residency
For tuition purposes, residence means the place where a person has a permanent home, at which the person remains when not called elsewhere for labor, studies or other special or temporary purposes, and to which the person returns at times of repose. It is the place a person has voluntarily fixed as the person’s permanent habitation with intent to remain in such place for an indefinite period. A person, at any one time, has but one residence and a residence is not lost until another is gained.
- The residence of an un-emancipated person younger than twenty-one (21) years of age follows that of the parents or of a legal guardian who has actual custody of the person or administers the property of the person. In the case of divorce or separation, if either parent meets the residence requirements, the person shall be considered a resident.
Students who enter the state for the predominant purpose of attending a Board institution and who are under the custody of a guardian in fact, that is, a person who has been designated in writing by the students’ parents or legal guardian to serve as their attorney in fact for purposes related to the individual unemancipated student’s affairs, may file a residency petition with the Board at the time of admission.
- A person shall be classified as a resident student if the person has continuously resided in South Dakota for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of classes of the semester or other session in which the individual registers in the Regental system; except that unemancipated students whose parents established their residence in South Dakota for reasons not predominantly related to qualifying their children for reduced tuition, may be classified as residents, notwithstanding the fact that they have not resided in South Dakota for the requisite 12 months prior to the first scheduled day of classes.
If it appears that the parents of a person properly classified as a resident student under the provisions of this section have removed their residence from South Dakota, the person shall be reclassified to the status of nonresident unless the parents have been residents for the 12 months immediately preceding such removal. However, no such reclassification is effective until the beginning of a semester next following the removal.
- Physical presence in South Dakota for the predominant purpose of attending an institution of higher education controlled by the Board does not count in determining the 12-month period of residence. Absence from South Dakota to pursue postsecondary education does not deprive a person of resident student status.
- A person once properly classified as a resident student shall be deemed to remain a resident student so long as remaining continuously enrolled in the Regental system until the person’s degree shall have been earned, subject to the provisions of (B) above.
- International students whose visas permit them to establish domiciles in the United States or its territories or protectorates may qualify for resident tuition in the same manner as United States citizens.
Factors to Be Considered When Determining Whether Students Have Entered South Dakota for the Predominant Purpose of Attending a Public University
- The following factors shall be considered relevant in evaluating a requested change in a student’s nonresident status and in evaluating whether the person’s physical presence in South Dakota is for the predominant purpose of attending an institution of higher education controlled by the Board:
- The residence of an un-emancipated student’s parents or guardians;
- The site of the source of the student’s income;
- To whom a student pays taxes, including property taxes;
- The state in which a student’s automobile is registered;
- The state issuing the student’s driver’s license;
- Where the student is registered to vote;
- The marriage of the student to a resident of South Dakota;
- Ownership of property in South Dakota and outside of South Dakota;
- The residence claimed by the student on loan application, federal income tax returns, and other documents;
- Admission to a licensed profession in South Dakota;
- Membership in civic, community, and other organizations in South Dakota or elsewhere; and
- The facts and documents pertaining to the person’s past and existing status as a student.
- The existence of one or more of these factors does not require a finding of resident student status, nor does the nonexistence of one or more require a finding of nonresident student status. All factors shall be considered in combination, and resident student status may not result from the doing of acts which are required or routinely done by sojourners in testate or which are merely auxiliary to the fulfillment of educational purposes.
- The fact that a person pays taxes and votes in the state does not in itself establish residence.
- Students who do not meet the requirements of this policy may still be classified as residents if their situation presents unusual circumstances and their classification is within the general scope of this policy.
Retention of Residence While in Military Service
In determining the residence status for tuition purposes, it is presumed that persons in military service who list South Dakota as their “home of record” and who, immediately upon release, return to South Dakota to enter college shall be classified as residents.