Through challenging academics, personal attention, paid internships, and an engaged learning approach we provide exceptional engineering and science education at a price families can afford.


Challenging Academics

There 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.  
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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. 
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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.                                          
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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.
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Rushmore Region

Located on a 118 acre campus in the Rushmore Region in the beautiful Black Hills of the South Dakota, we enjoy the climate of Colorado Springs with an outdoor playground at our doorstep for hiking, biking, skiing, or rock-climbing, when we're not enjoying the restaurants and tourist town vibe of Rapid City. With over 80 clubs and organizations and 12 intercollegiate Division II NCAA athletic teams, there is something for everyone at Mines. Just a six hour drive from Denver and with direct flights to Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, it's closer than you think.  
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