The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD 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.
Located in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, SD Mines offers a rigorous academic experience, supported by small class sizes, committed faculty members, and many student development programs and organizations.
Welcome International Students!
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) has a thriving international community, including students and faculty, resources and support, to help international students thrive and succeed here.
Our namesake was established at SD Mines in fall, 1994, through a generous gift by an alumnus, Mr. Lytton F. "Buster" Ivanhoe. International students have historically constituted approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of the total student population attending SD Mines.
In fall, 2018, there were approximately 130 international students from more than 30 countries enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies. The faculty includes many people with international backgrounds as well.
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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 17th consecutive year, which identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the United States, from over 1,000 applications, that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost. Below are some reason why they're one of the best!
SD Mines has been named one of America's Best College Buys for 19 years straight. We are currently ranked No.1 in the state by PayScale. For the most recent graduating class, 97% are going to graduate school or have secured employment at an average starting salary of over $61,300 a year at Google, Microsoft, Medtronic, NASA, SpaceX, Keurig, and more. That's better than Harvard, at a third of the cost.
One in 5 of our students goes directly to graduate school, including medical school. We prepare graduates to tackle the most difficult challenges of the twenty-first century. We educate students to a high standard in a wide array of engineering and science disciplines.
Personal attention is one of the top reasons students choose to come here. While there are no easy degrees at Mines, we give students the personal attention needed to succeed. Mines has a 15-to-1 student to faculty ratio and our average undergraduate class size is less than 20 students. At Mines, we don't let graduate students teach; professors teach. This focus on excellence in face-to-face undergraduate education is increasingly rare in American universities and is one of the things that makes Mines different. You will never be a number at Mines, faculty and staff want nothing more than to see you succeed.
Would you like to spend your summer at Google, Polaris, Microsoft, Garmin, or Amazon? Our internship program is a hallmark of the Mines experience, with 77% of students earning at least one paid internship before they graduate, giving their career a competitive edge. Students earned internships with over 256 different employers like Microsoft, NASA, Ford, 3M, and ExxonMobil in 43 states at over $18.73 an hour - or participated in paid research positions before graduation, like the world's flagship neutrino project a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.