Great Value 

Starting Salary for Mines Graduates: over $63,500.

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%

With 98 percent placement, our 2014-15 graduates landed jobs at Google, Microsoft, Medtronic, NASA, SpaceX, and Keurig or are pursuing graduate degrees. Ten of the 16 majors had 100 percent placement, with nearly 40 percent of all graduates staying in South Dakota. Mines graduates continue to have higher average starting salaries and better placement rates than every Ivy League school.

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, 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.

Exceptional Return on Investment

  • Ranked #24 nationally by PayScale’s 2016 College ROI Report with a 20-year net return on investment at $718,000. Ranked #15 in public and engineering universities and #1 in South Dakota for ROI. Tied #7 nationwide in annual return rate of 12 percent.
  • Designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media,  which rates universities 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 #4 in the country for “The Public Schools that Pay Off the Most.”

Military and Veteran Friendly

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SD Mines is ranked among the top 15 percent of the most military friendly schools nationwide by G.I. Jobs magazine for 2016, our seventh consecutive year.

Mines has ranked in the top ten "Best for Vets: Colleges" for six 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.