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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+
About South Dakota School of Mines & Technology...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
501 E St Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Website
From South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota Mines is a STEM-focused university located in the beautiful Black Hills, just minutes from Mt. Rushmore. Named one of America’s Best College Buys for 19 years straight, Mines offers a great return on investment. With a 97 percent placement rate, many of our graduates go on to graduate school or directly into careers, earning an average starting salary of $61,346 and working at powerhouse companies such as Google, Garmin, Barrick Gold, Microsoft, and Amazon. One of the reasons Mines grads consistently nab stellar jobs right out of college is experience. Before graduation, 77 percent of students have had at least one paid internship or co-op with companies all over the U.S. or in the tech development center located next door to campus. Another reason students excel is the direct help from professors, which is the norm, not the exception. Students are never a number at Mines and can expect a private university experience at a public university price.

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

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
83%
SAT Range
1150-1350
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$19,577/ 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
$4,230/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

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
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,997Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
424
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
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  • Intelligent
    70%
  • Think they're the smartest and anitsocial
    15%
  • Supirior
    10%
  • Superior
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.37 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Nerdy
    47%
  • Introverted
    18%
  • Quiet
    18%
  • Discipline
    12%
  • Fun!
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $56,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    51%
    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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    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.
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    SDSMT has a forward thinking mindset and atmosphere on campus. Students there strive for excellence and don't accept anything but the best.
    Outside of academics, the rest of the school could use some improvement. There is little to no off-campus housing for upperclassmen. Every other college has AFFORDABLE off-campus housing nearby. SDSMT has neither. This wouldn't be such an immediate issue if there was more available parking. Not only does it take students 10+ minutes to get to campus due to the lack of nearby housing, but it then takes another 10 minutes just to find parking.
    First semester was rough (generals make for a boring class experience, and a majority of kids aren't social in the slightest) second semester? Awesome. Classes get more geared toward your area of study, which makes it easier to make friends. Course work os challenging but interesting; if you need help, theres a paramount of reaources you can go to and youll find answers guaranteed, just gotta ask. Class sizes are awesome for getting to know professors, lots of activities and organizations, heavy community involvement with the surrounding area, and everyone over all is shy but very friendly. My experience differs from several as I'm a girl (6 to 1 guy to girl ratio) and live off campus at home.