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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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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. We’re known for: Challenging Academics Personal Attention Outstanding Internship Opportunities Great Value *Our wonderful location: the Rushmore Region

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Ivanhoe International Center

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Welcome International Students!

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has a thriving international community, including students and faculty, resources and support, to help international students thrive and succeed here.

International students have historically constituted approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of the total student population attending the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T). In the fall semester, 2014, there are approximately 150 international students from more than 30 countries enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies. The faculty includes many people with international backgrounds as well.

The Ivanhoe International Center (IIC) was established at SDSM&T in the fall semester, 1994, through a generous gift by an alumnus, Mr. Lytton F. "Buster" Ivanhoe. The IIC is located in the Surbeck Student Center, and is the center of international activities on campus. A broad program of services is provided to international students and students wanting to study abroad.

Assistance is available in the Ivanhoe International Center (located in the Surbeck Center), and the Dean of Students Office. Please contact us for any help you may need. We are here to assist you and we want to help you as much as possible.

Why Mines?

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!

Great Value

SD Mines has been named one of the best values in higher education for 17 years straight. For the most recent graduating class, 98% are going to graduate school or have secured employment at an average starting salary of over $63,000 a year at Google, Microsoft, Medtronic, NASA, SpaceX, Keurig, and more. That's better than Harvard, at a third of the cost.

Challenging Academics

here are no easy degrees at Mines. 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

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 then 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.


Our internship program is a hallmark of the Mines experience, with 75% of students earning at least one paid internship before they graduate, giving their career a competitive edge. Last summer alone, students earned internships with over 240 different employers like Microsoft, NASA, Ford, 3M, and ExxonMobil in 39 states at over $17 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.

Pat Mahon, Dean of Students

A Message from:

Dean Pat Mahon, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

The members of the Student Development Division and I welcome you to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. We are dedicated to serving students and helping individuals grow and develop while they pursue their educational and career goals.

I came to the School of Mines in the fall of 2000 as the Vice President for Student Development and the Dean of Students. Prior to that I worked in the divisions of student affairs at Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University – Billings) and Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Being a native of Wyoming, it is great to be in this part of the country.

I enjoy meeting students and hearing firsthand your questions, concerns and accomplishments. And definitely make sure I know how to pronounce your name because it is my privilege to introduce you as you receive your SDSM&T undergraduate diploma!

Here's looking forward to seeing you around campus, whether it is at events, in the Hardrock Dining Hall, on the Quad, or in my office located in the Surbeck Center.

Sincerely, Dean Mahon



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