Mines Education Value
Outstanding education. Unmatched in value.

Mines' education makes headlines – from a Bloomberg feature on our graduates out-earning Harvard's to the Wall Street Journal naming the university as the best return on investment nationwide.

Starting salary for Mines Graduates: over $63,000.

SD Mines has been repeatedly named one of the best values in higher education. In an age where some question the value of college, we offer a return on investment that's hard to beat. Last year, the starting salary for Mines graduates was over $63,000. That's better than Harvard - at a quarter of the cost.

Placement Rate of 98%

Our 2014 graduates landed jobs at 140 companies in 35 US states, Canada and Mexico. 22% went on to graduate studies.

Why Mines?

A 'Best College Buy' for the last 17 Years

America's Best College Buys

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 17th consecutive year. This year’s America’s 100 Best College Buys is the 18th list published by Institutional Research & Evaluation, an independent research and consulting organization. Each year the organization identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost.

To be considered for the America’s 100 Best College Buys designation, institutions must offer four-year undergraduate degree programs and have an entering freshman class with an average high school grade point average or college entrance exam score equal to or above the national average. This year, 1,069 accredited U.S. colleges and universities participated in the survey.

Exceptional Return on Investment

  • Ranked #19 nationally by PayScale’s 2014 College ROI Report with a 20-year net return on investment at $664,400 for in-state tuition.

  • Designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations.

  • The Huffington Post places the School of Mines as fourth in the country for “The Public Schools that Pay Off the Most.”

Personal Attention from Outstanding Faculty

There are no easy degrees at Mines, but with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of less than 20 students, students get the personal attention they need to succeed. At Mines, classes aren't taught by graduate students, they're taught by professors.

Five of our SD Mines faculty have been named US Carnegie Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota, a prestigious award for educators.

  • James Feiszli, D.M.A., 2013 (Music)
  • Jon Kellar, Ph.D., 2008 (Materials & Metallurgical Engineering)
  • Daniel Dolan, Ph.D., 2009 (C.A.M.P., Mechanical Engineering)
  • Stuart Kellogg, Ph.D., 2003 (Industrial Engineering)
  • Alfred Boysen, Ph.D., 1998 (Humanities)

Hands-On, Active and Engaged Learning

Academics are just one aspect of a Mines education. Through opportunities like:

students have the opportunity to develop inside and outside of the classroom.



Internships Provide a Competitive Edge

At Mines, our internship program is second to none, and provides our students a competitive edge when they enter the job market.

  • 78% of last year's graduates had at least one paid internship.
  • Students interned at 225 companies in 36 states averaging $17.57 per hour.
  • 15% of students participated in paid research positions before graduation.


Military and Veteran Friendly

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The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is ranked among the top 15 percent of the most military friendly schools nationwide by G.I. Jobs magazine for 2015, our sixth consecutive year.

Mines has ranked in the top ten "Best for Vets: Colleges" for five consecutive years. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to recruit and support America's veterans.


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