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About South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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.

Why Mines

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.

Ivanhoe International Center

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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Why Mines?

Out of 302 institutions across the United States, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed as the best engineering school for the money by the organization College Factual in its 2020 rankings.

Great Value

In the 2019-2020 salary report by PayScale South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ranks among the top 100 schools in the entire country for early and mid-career salary. Officials with PayScale say, "It's plain that SD Mines is at the top of its class." SmartAsset ranks the university number one in South Dakota for value and starting salary. Niche also ranks South Dakota Mines the number one public university in the state.

Challenging Academics

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

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.



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