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Our website can tell you only so much about our beautiful campus and innovative programs. The best way to find out if DSU is right for you is to see for yourself!

Visit Our Campus

Student and Family Information

Updated: 09/22/2020 9:00 a.m.
Official Decision Timeline

What a student can expect during their visit, August 19 - December 18:

  • Upon arrival to campus, students and their family will park in a designated spot in the Heston Hall parking lot.
  • Students will then call their admission counselor to announce their arrival to DSU.  The admission counselor will meet them on the sidewalk in front of Heston Hall. Face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces on campus.
  • The visit will continue to the Montgomery Room in Heston Hall. The faculty appointment may take place via Zoom depending on the faculty scheduled.
  • A tour of campus will be conducted on a designated path around the grounds. Stops will include a residence hall room and the main building for their major.

We are excited to host you on campus!

Important information for Fall 2020

This is an unprecedented time for our university, nation, and world. The following guidelines and recommendations are what it will take for everyone to shield themselves and keep their fellow Trojans safe.

Return to Campus Guidelines

DSU Coronavirus Update

DSU' s top priorities are the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, those in our host community of Madison, and, as always, the success of our students. With these in mind, the university is planning has resumed face-to-face classes for Fall 2020, along with the online classes normally offered.

Instruction will conclude on November 24; final exams will take place online. We will also have class on Labor Day, Native American Day, and Veterans Day. The December commencement will not be held; our fall and spring graduates will be celebrated at the Spring 2021 Commencement.

We have been reintegrating our employees back to campus this summer through a phased-in approach. During this process, offices have and will remain open to support students, faculty, and staff. Offices and personnel can be accessed either in person, or via zoom, email, or telephone.

Because of the fluid nature of the novel coronavirus, we are also creating plans for a number of potential scenarios. We are continually monitoring information regarding COVID-19 from sources such as the CDC, the South Dakota Department of Health, and local health resources, and use this information to make the best decisions possible.

Additional resources

The federal government has allocated funds to the university through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will be distributed to students who need financial assistance due to disruption of campus operations from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to help cover items such as living expenses, course work expenses, childcare, and health care.

Dakota State University signed and submitted the U.S. Department of Education Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 23, 2020. The U.S. DOE provided Dakota State University with an electronically signed Grant Award Notification (GAN) on May 1, 2020.

CARES Act Report

There are certain requirements a student must meet to receive the funding. They must:

  • Be a degree-seeking student
  • Have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Be enrolled at least halftime as of March 13, 2020

These funds are not available to students who:

  • Are International students
  • Are on financial aid suspension
  • Were initially (prior to March 13) enrolled 100% in online classes during the spring 2020 semester

Eligible students will need to log in with your DSU credentials and complete the application. Priority will be given to applications received by May 4. If you have questions about the program, email; if you have issues accessing the form, contact ITS at

East River Legal Services (ERLS) in Sioux Falls, S.D. helps low-income individuals with civil legal matters in eastern South Dakota, for things such as protection orders, evictions, and many other civil matters. ERLS can also offer legal assistance for university students who may be facing issues if their part-time work has been cut but there are still bills to pay. There is legal assistance available at no cost if they qualify.  Apply online at or call (605) 336-9230 or (800) 952-3015.

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  • Career & Professional Development – (605) 256-5122
  • Counseling Center – The DSU Counseling Center is here to listen, answer any questions you have, support you and help navigate this semester together. We offer counseling skills through face-to-face, phone and Zoom meetings to currently enrolled Dakota State University degree-seeking students. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us through Trojan Connect (search Counseling and Disability Services). You may need some tools to take care of your wellness needs, so Like DSU Counseling Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check back daily for mindfulness techniques, wellness activities and general inspirations. And don’t forget about using CampusWell! Download the free app today. They are adding many tools to help online learning, mental health, and much more! Contact us at (605) 256-5121, or email. Schedule appointments through Trojan Connect.
  • ITS Support Desk – The DSU Support Desk will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Submit tickets and schedule appointments via

  • Karl Mundt Library – The library is open to DSU students, faculty, and staff only; be prepared to swipe your keycard to enter. To check the latest on hours, check out the library’s hours pageLibrarians are here to help! They can facilitate library instruction for faculty (in-person or online), assist in the research process, and ensure all students have access to DSU’s databases. For further assistance, students, faculty, and staff can email the library, or text (605) 413-1375. The DSU & Karl E. Mundt Archive are still open and functioning. Please email Ryan Burdge for more information regarding the holdings of the DSU & Karl Mundt Archives.

  • Production Center Services – The Production Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for printing and packaging needs. Contact Jena Martin or call (605) 256-5189.
  • Student Success Center – (605) 256-5900

Fall 2020 semester

What decision has been made about fall classes? The fall semester began August 19, and instruction will conclude on November 24; final exams will take place online. Also, December' s commencement has been canceled, and fall graduates will be celebrated at the spring 2021 Commencement. More details about the process for the return to campus and holding face-to-face classes and events will be released in the coming weeks.

What decision has been made about face coverings? Face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces on campus until further notice. This applies to all students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors. This action is part of a four-tiered approach regarding face coverings; these levels will be used to react quickly to adjust campus operations as necessary, depending on community spread or other special circumstances at individual campuses. Learn more details of the Board of Regents Face Covering Protocol, along with Enforcement Protocols. If students or employees need special accommodations, students should contact Student Affairs, and employees should contact HR.

Campus Preparations

How is the university preparing for an outbreak on campus/in the area? The university leadership is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and has assembled a coronavirus task force to consider immediate, short-term, and long-term needs to handle the ramifications for campus. The university is also working with the Board of Regents, and with the greater Madison area community to address issues in the area.

Student Health Services - If a student is ill, they are encouraged to call the local hospital/clinic, Madison Regional Health Systems at (605) 256-6551, or a hospital/clinic near their location. Refer to the information on the main page for a list of symptoms of COVID-19.

Events and activities

Is DSU holding public events? Events at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and the Fieldhouse will move forward. To know if an event is still being held check our calendar at Campus Events.

Commencement ceremonies

Has the May 2020 spring commencement been rescheduled? DSU' s spring commencement has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4.

Is DSU holding a fall commencement? DSU has cancelled the December commencement, and will plan to celebrate graduates from both the fall and spring semesters in May 2021.

Do I still graduate even if there is no graduation? Only the ceremony is postponed. If you meet all graduation requirements, you will receive your diploma even if the commencement ceremony is cancelled.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Will financial aid decisions be reconsidered for Fall 2020 given emerging economic changes? Under federal law, financial aid administrators have the authority to adjust students' FAFSA information based on changes to the student' s financial situation. These adjustments must be considered on a case-by-case basis and require documentation.

Now the instruction is taking place online through summer, how does that impact my GI Bill? Based on legislation signed into law on March 21, 2020 (Senate Bill 3503), an IHL which converts an approved residence training modality course to an online training modality for that course (distance learning), should not submit changes when the conversion is the only factor. The law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020. If you have any questions, contact the Veteran Affairs Coordinator Austin Slaughter at

I have been accepted as a new student in the fall. Will I still receive my academic/athletic scholarship for next year? Yes, incoming students will still receive their scholarships if they are meeting the criteria. Athletic scholarships that have been awarded will be honored. If you have any questions about academic scholarships, contact Jill with the Financial Aid Department at If you have questions about athletics scholarships, contact the Athletics Department or your coach.

Will I still qualify for my Opportunity Scholarship because of grading policy changes? In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many PK-12 school systems and higher education institutions have initiated temporary grading policies that complicate applying statutory provisions related to the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship (SDOS). This document outlines temporary policy guidance to address those and other issues, and supplements applicable South Dakota Codified Laws and related Administrative Rules relevant to initial and ongoing eligibility for the SDOS. If you have any questions, please contact or the Vice President for Academic Affairs at (605) 256-5136.

International students

How will any course delivery changes affect my visa status? Check with Nicole Claussen in International Programs at (605) 256-5744.

General campus information

What buildings have closed on campus?

All academic buildings are open; faculty and staff can also be contacted by Zoom, email, or telephone. The Karl Mundt Library is open by keycard access to faculty, staff, and students.


Can I still gather in groups with my friends? In-person groups should not be larger than 10 people.

Is the Fieldhouse and/or weight room open? The Fieldhouse is now open, and the DSU weight room, which is for DSU athletes only, opens at 5:00 a.m. each day. Contact Coach Vassalotti for more information on weight room hours.