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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
SD Mines is a highly rated public college located in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,873 undergraduate students. The SD Mines acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Engineering. Graduating 50% of students, SD Mines alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,200.
501 E Saint Joseph St
Rapid City, SD 57701
About SD Mines...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SDSMT Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1160-1360
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,706/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,423/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,873Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
431
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Intelligent
    71%
  • Think they're the smartest and anitsocial
    14%
  • Supirior
    10%
  • Superior
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Nerdy
    50%
  • Introverted
    17%
  • Quiet
    17%
  • Discipline
    11%
  • Fun!
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Reviews

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a smaller college. There are around 2000 students in attendance each year. This helps keep classroom sizes on the smaller side and helps students better connect with their professors. The professors are generally very helpful and encourage one on one help. The courses are designed to show students what they will be doing in their field. The tuition for the school is not expensive compared to other engineering schools. I know plenty of students (including myself) have received scholarships from the school which brings down the cost even more. The only con I have for the school is the location. The school is not located in the best part of town, but the surrounding area of the black hills makes it worth it.
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Online classes for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology were great considering how little time professors had to prepare for them. The professors were available as much as possible for students that were struggling. The tests and homework were a tad but harder due to not being able to ask questions face to face, but overall it was a good experience.
The reason I rated SDSMT 4 stars is because the school itself isn't amazing, but the academics are very good, they have great job placement, and it all comes at a reasonable price for out of state tuition. The party life is mediocre and off campus, there isn't a lot to do besides getting food (they do have a surprising amount of great food in Rapid). All in all, if you know you want to do engineering and want to save money, this is a good school, but if you are not sure if you want to do engineering, then this may not be the school for you as they don't really have any other majors to switch into. Also, if you're a strong democrat, you probably won't like it out here, there is a lot of negative energy around liberals out here (not from me but just something I noticed being out here) coming from many of the Republican folks but there are also a lot of nice people so don't let that discourage you too much.