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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: 04/13/2021
Official Decision Timeline

What a student can expect during their visit, Dec. 21 – May 7, 2021:

  • 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 Spring 2021

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

One Shot COVID Vaccine Clinic

Dakota State University is again partnering with Madison Regional Health System to bring our students and employees COVID Vaccination Clinics. One will be on Friday, April 9 and one on Friday, April 16; each will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse, and run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or until vaccine runs out). These walk-in clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccination, which will allow for everyone to be completely vaccinated before leaving campus this semester.

Those eligible to receive the one-shot vaccine:

  • DSU Employees
  • DSU Students Living in Residence Halls
  • DSU Student Employees
  • DSU Students with Underlying Conditions
  • DSU Students Employed in Critical Infrastructure (finance, food service, ag, manufacturing, IT, etc.)
  • DSU Students currently living in South Dakota and 18 or older. Out-of-state students must use their local address.

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 holding face-to-face classes for the Academic Year 2020-2021, along with the online classes normally offered.

FALL 2021: Dakota State, and the other member South Dakota Board of Regents, are planning to return to a more normal academic setting, with more traditional face-to-face format for most classes, and more in-person events. The semester is slated to begin August 23.

SPRING 2021 will conclude on May 7, 2021. We plan to celebrate fall and spring graduates at the Spring 2021 Commencement on May 8.

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.

A majority of our employees are working in small teams on alternating weeks, which maintains social distancing between team members while keeping offices 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 have created 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.

Vaccine distribution

As COVID-19 vaccines are approved and become available, Dakota State will work with the state Department of Health, and local healthcare and emergency management organizations to develop and implement the best methods for our faculty, staff, and students to receive the vaccine. For the time being:

  • Face coverings will continue to be required in all public indoor spaces on campus.
  • We will continue using the alternating-team approach for employees.
  • We will continue using the contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols we have been using when employees or students have been exposed or test positive.
  • The vaccine will not be required at this time.

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 fa@dsu.edu; if you have issues accessing the form, contact ITS at help@dsu.edu.

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 www.SDLawHelp.org/apply 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 https://support.dsu.edu.

  • 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 Archives 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 4:30 p.m. for printing and packaging needs. Contact Jena Martin or call (605) 256-5189.
  • Student Success Center – (605) 256-5900
  • 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.

Spring 2021 semester

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 - Student Health Services on campus (Trojan Center, Room 16) is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a student is ill, or if they need assistance outside of those hours, 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.

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

Commencement ceremonies

Is DSU holding a fall commencement? DSU cancelled the December 2020 commencement, and will plan to celebrate graduates from both the fall and spring semesters in May 2021.

Do I still graduate if there was no commencement ceremony? 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 Spring 2021 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.

How will the possibility of online classes 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.

I have been accepted as a new student in the spring. 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 Jill.Corbin@dsu.edu. If you have questions about athletics scholarships, contact the Athletics Department or your coach.

International students

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