Challenging Academics. Personal Attention.
Unmatched in Value.


Challenging Academics. Personal Attention.
Unmatched in Value.


CTA Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

At Mines we don't have large lectures led by graduate students, just hands-on education and real world experience. Students interned at 200 companies in 30 states last year alone.

CTA Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Gain access to renowned faculty, high-tech facilities, challenging projects, and the resources to advance your career and research what matters - here and around the globe.

CTA Education Value

A Great Education Value

What's better than a degree? Graduating with an average starting salary topping $63,000 — one reason the Wall Street Journal named us #1 return on investment nationwide.


Hand-Forged Steel Roses a Mines Blacksmithing Specialty

The Blacksmithing Club is hand-crafting unique steel roses for its annual fundraiser to help students continue to hone their skills. These lasting roses are a popular item for Valentine today.

Hardrocker Athletes Keep Making the Grade

Hardrocker athletes have earned an average cumulative GPA above a 3.0 for 15 consecutive semesters dating back to 2008, an impressive achievement considering Mines’ rigorous curriculum. The average scholar-athletes’ GPA is consistently higher than the average of the entire SD Mines student body.

Mines Myth Busters & Super Science

Can you tell a tall tale from the truth? Join us as our team of Mines Myth Busters debunks or proves popular urban legends through explosive experimentation. See which myths make the cut, which get busted, and who walks on fire at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Surbeck Center Ballroom. #DontTryThisAtHome

Alumnus Stars in ‘Mine Hunters’ Weekly TV Program

Fred Schilplin, a 2013 SD Mines graduate from the mining engineering and management program, is starring in National Geographic Channel’s new television program called “Mine Hunters.” An international group of miners relies on Schilplin’s engineering expertise as they explore artisan mines around the world in search of precious gems. The weekly series airs Tuesday evenings. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Tom Hutchings)

Mr. and Miss Mines Pageant

It's an honor like no other, and there's a cash prize too!  Sign up to be a contestant in this year's Mr. and Miss Mines Pageant.  You'll be judged in four rigorous categories:  Business Attire, Nerd Walk Attire, Lip Sync Battle, and (drumroll) the Onstage Question.  Are you Mines-y enough to win?  Enter and find out!  Pageant is Friday, February 19th at 6 pm in the Surbeck Center.

Mines Heading to World Finals of Computer Programming

A South Dakota Mines student team is among an elite group of 25 college teams from throughout the nation qualifying to compete on the computer programming world stage. It is the sixth time a Mines team has advanced to the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest. This year’s event will be held in Thailand in May.
Schurch and the Blacksmithing Club are in the final stretch of their annual signature fundraiser, shaping steel roses for Valentine’s Day.
While some universities tout their student athletes, the South Dakota School of Mines celebrates its exceptional scholar-athletes.
Can you tell a tall tale from the truth? Faculty and students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will team up for Mines Myth Busters & Super Science to debunk or prove some of history’s most popular urban legends.
After graduating in 2013, Schilplin worked as a production engineer at the Wharf Gold Mine in Lead. But these days the 38-year-old father of four can be seen on television leading an international motley crew exploring for precious stones in hand-dug artisan mines scattered throughout the world.
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CTA Research at Mines

Research at Mines

We search for dark matter a mile underground, engineer solutions for the developing world, and launch research-fueled start-ups and industry partnerships to spark economic development at home and abroad.



Student Research Symposium

The 7th annual Student Research Symposium will be hosted April 5, featuring oral and poster presentations. Enter by March 15. Cash prizes for undergrad and graduate SD Mines students.
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Ready to Go To Mines?

The best way to learn if Mines is for you is to attend a "Go To Mines" Open House. Tour campus, meet faculty and students, and see what your future might hold! Next GTM dates: April 16 and June 17.
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CTA Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Teens

High school students learn about the astounding, challenging, and FUN worlds of science and engineering at SD Mines week-long Summer Camps.  Classes fill up quickly so register now.
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