South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, SD, USA
3.93 Average Rating

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a university located in the Mount Rushmore region. The institution was founded in 1885 to train students in the skilled trade of mining, and now offers a variety disciplines in the sciences. SD Mines features various research programs that focus on clean energy production, one of which explores the impacts of sustainable fracking. SD Mines is also home to the Museum of Geology, which exhibits paleontology and mineralogy artifacts like rare fossils and crystals. The campus also has the 33,000 square foot James E. Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory, which houses more than 500,000 specimens. The collections include mineralogy/petrology, paleobotany, invertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology, biology, and vertebrate paleontology.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting City
In State Students
46%
Out of State Students
51%
0
100
83%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 27
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1200
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
2,778
Total Number of Undergrads
2,421
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
0
100
6%
Graduate in 4 Years National: 28%
0
100
50%
Graduate in 6 Years National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
15:1
National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$19,577
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$10,560
Out-of-State Tuition
$14,820
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,230
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
78%
22%
Student Organizations
164
Size of Town
City: Small
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Rapid City
Denver
Minneapolis
Sioux Falls
Houston
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
76%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$60,000
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What Students Are Saying

3.93 Average Rating
This college can provide an excellent education in math, science, or engineering for a great price. However, you have to want that degree, as some of the classes are extremely challenging. Most professors go above and beyond at SDSMT, and help is always available through many different sources.
Beth from Colorado Springs, CO
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a competitive and nurturing school. Anyone who wants to not only learn but also be mentally challenged by their peers and professors should apply to this school. Class sizes are easily manageable, the professors are genuine, and the student body is unlike anything I've ever been introduced to.
Cora from Rapid City, SD