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.
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.27 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
Mechanical Engineering79 Graduates
Civil Engineering38 Graduates
Chemical Engineering37 Graduates
Industrial Engineering29 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering25 Graduates
Computer and Information Studies18 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities17 Graduates
Geology and Earth Science13 Graduates
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.37 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 responses
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Reviews
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.