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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.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses
Most Popular Majors
Mechanical Engineering100 Graduates
Civil Engineering54 Graduates
Chemical Engineering32 Graduates
Industrial Engineering29 Graduates
Electrical Engineering25 Graduates
Geology and Earth Science18 Graduates
Information Science18 Graduates
Computer Hardware Engineering11 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.35 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Reviews
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.
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.