Student Health

Good health is equal to a good future. Through the regental institutions that make up the South Dakota Board of Regents, we’re sure you can find the coverage that suits you best—from international students to student athletes.

Health Insurance Coverage

Under South Dakota law, students who do not have health insurance will not be covered under the county’s indigent coverage, should the need for medical assistance arise. Choosing not to purchase health insurance may negatively impact students and their financial futures.

Domestic Student Insurance

The South Dakota Board of Regents doesn’t offer a student health insurance plan. Instead, students will have to get insurance through the health insurance marketplace. Currently, the state of South Dakota has three providers available for healthcare coverage: Avera Health Plans, Sanford Health Plan, and DakotaCare.

International Student Insurance

For foreign national students, Board of Regents Policy 3:14 requires you have credible health insurance as determined by the institution. If you don’t provide proof of insurance, you will not be able to enroll in any South Dakota Board of Regents university. However, a requirement may be waived if a student provides adequate proof of coverage by completing the Health Insurance Waiver Request Form.

Study Abroad

All students that study abroad are required to purchase CISI Study Abroad insurance. Faculty and staff participating in a university affiliated international activity are required to enroll at the expense of the university in the Board of Regents endorsed study abroad insurance plan.

Athletic Insurance

Regental institutions are not required for institutions to provide secondary health insurance to athletes. However, student athletes are required to provide proof of primary health coverage to the institution.

Recommended Vaccinations/Immunizations

Preadmission Immunization Requirements are referenced in BOR Policy 2:3 – System Undergraduate Admissions, Section 11.4.

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccine

Meningococcal vaccine*

HPV vaccine series

Hepatitis B vaccine series

Polio vaccine series

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine series

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine series

Influenza vaccine

Pneumococcal polysaccharid (PPV) vaccine

Hepatitis A vaccine series

* Recommended for previously unvaccinated college freshmen living in dormitories according to the CDC.

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