Official move-in times for fall 2018 are as follows:
First-Year and Transfer Students: Saturday, August 25th, 8 AM to 12 Noon
Returning Students: Sunday, August 26th, 10 AM to 3 PM
Early arrival requests are subject to published criteria (see below) and the readiness of the requested space following summer housing turnover. All requests to check-in ahead of official move-in times should be submitted through an Early Arrival Request Form. We make every effort to prepare your fall room for your arrival, but you may be required to stay in a temporary location until your space is ready.
Students who are part of a university-sponsored organization (student athlete, student leader, etc.) may be approved if the organization is required to be on campus prior to Saturday, August 25th. The Campus Life Office will coordinate arrival details with the organization's director, advisor, or coach.
In order to ensure that all students from a group or team are approved, the director, advisor, or coach will need to be in contact with the Campus Life Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 605.274.5215).
Please review the criteria provided below. Please note that each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the Campus Life Office will contact employers, faculty, and staff to verify requests.
Criteria for Early Arrival approval:
- On-Campus Employment — Students required to be on-campus early to start college employment. Please note that your supervisor will verify your employment.
- Academic Program — Students required to be on-campus due to the early start of an academic program (i.e. student teaching, faculty-sponsored research projects, etc.).
- Summer Housing — Students who have been living in on campus housing during the summer. These students will be transitioned to fall room assignments in mid-to-late August.
Additional individual requests may be made but are not guaranteed approval. No individual requests for dates prior to August 19, 2018 that do not meet the above criteria will be approved. Students returning early without meeting criteria will likely be assessed a $100 fee.
Fall semester meal plans are NOT active until the evening meal of Sunday, August 26th.
Application for Approval
To apply for early arrival, complete an Early Arrival Request Form.
Requests will typically receive a response within 3 to 5 business days. However, some requests take time to address, due to conflicts with availability. Requests made after Friday, August 10, 2018 will only be honored for extenuating circumstances.