— Bloomberg News reports that SDSM&T students outearn Harvard graduates when they enter the job market. Story goes viral.
— (September 18, 2012) President Robert Wharton passes away after a long battle with cancer. Memorial ceremony held that week at the campus arch.
— (April) Heather Ann Wilson, DPhil, selected to be the eighteenth president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
— South Dakota School of Mines & Technology accepted for membership into the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), Division II.
— Dr. James Feiszli, Director of Music at SDSM&T, named the 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)