A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  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
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
501 E St Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1290
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$19,311/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,489/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,515/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,271/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,362/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,817/ year

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
2,485Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • 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
$54,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
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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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.
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So I'm a College Freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering at SDSMT. I have had a fantastic experience with the School of Mines. I love the campus atmosphere - very friendly. The professors are great teachers and the students are super nice. I would highly recommend this school if you like a solid education with FANTASTIC return on investment. Worth it if you care about your future.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a small university located in the beautiful Black Hills. On campus you will enjoy a family-like feel and will have the opportunity to get to know, and possible work right alongside, professors. Each department is dedicated to helping their students succeed. The placement for careers coming out of school is greater than 95%!