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About South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) is committed to excellence in science and engineering academics and research, and to developing the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers. The university offers a wide array of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.


Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, today the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the region.

Why Mines

Located in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, South Dakota Mines offers a rigorous academic experience, supported by small class sizes, committed faculty members, and many student development programs and organizations. We’re known for STEM Academics, Personal Attention, Outstanding Internship Opportunities, Great Value, Our wonderful location: the Rushmore Region

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Welcome International Students!

The South Dakota Mines has a strong, inter-connected international community of students, faculty, resources and support. We all work together to help international students thrive and succeed here.

International students have historically constituted approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of the total student population. The number of international students is approximately 150 from more than 35 countries, enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate studies. The faculty includes many people with international backgrounds as well.

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Why Mines?

You will learn from some of the best professors in the country and experience hands-on learning opportunities that prepare you to step easily into your first job. Our students go on to successful careers around the world and here at home, and you will too.

STEM Is Our Specialty

The world is changing rapidly and new challenges arise daily. These challenges need problem-solvers who are driven to make the world a better place. Be part of the solution by taking your love of math and science to a higher level with a degree in a STEM field. At SD Mines we seek the innovators. We seek those who dare to disturb the universe and disrupt the status quo. Those who don’t just climb mountains but move them. This is a place of turbo-charged discoveries, late-night breakthroughs and classrooms without walls. So, come break things, create things, and make things happen. Bring it to Mines and then take it to the world.

Engaged Learning and Internships

How would you like to spend a summer at Google, Polaris, Microsoft, Garmin, Amazon or 4,850 feet below ground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility? That’s where our students are, working on real-world projects, solving problems and teaming up with the best in the industry.

Our internships and co-ops are great resume builders, indicating to future employers that you are ready to hit the ground running after they hire you. Currently, 77 percent of Mines graduates have worked an internship or co-op, interning with 256 different businesses in 43 states, earning an average of $18.73 an hour.

Personal Attention

The personal attention students receive is one of the top reasons students choose to come here and stay here. At Mines, faculty work together to ensure the success of our students. Your professor isn’t available? Other professors will step in, answer questions and see that you get the help you need. A passion for everything STEM among faculty also drives student success beyond the classroom. Faculty members coach award-winning teams such as the Bladesmithing Team and the computer programming team. Faculty understand that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom, and our teams provide a fertile environment for expanding our students’ education. At Mines, faculty and staff want nothing more than to see you succeed. And you will!

High Return on Investment

SD Mines is ranked as the #1 engineering school in the country for return on investment, according to College Factual. Our affordable tuition alongside the high earning value of our graduates places Mines above other universities. With a Mines diploma, you will get hired! In fact, 97 percent of recent grads entered graduate school (including medical school) or started their careers at an average starting salary of $63,354. Now that’s a return on investment you can’t ignore.



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