Personal Attention

Mines offers the advantages of a large research university – a national reputation, notable alumni, challenging academics, accomplished faculty, and internship opportunities – with the personal attention students need to succeed.

At Mines, graduate students don't teach. Professors do, in average class sizes under 20 with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Among our renowned faculty are Fulbright Scholars and US Carnegie Professors of the Year for the state of South Dakota in fields ranging from humanities and music to mechanical, metallurgical, and industrial engineering. 

You'll enjoy the Mines difference from the minute you arrive until the moment you graduate – and beyond. Our alumni are some of the most respected engineers and scientists in the nation. They are doctors and entrepreneurs, patent holders and professors, military officers and researchers, inventors and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Hands-On, Active and Engaged Learning  

At Mines, students dive in from day one. As early as freshman year, they work alongside faculty in cutting-edge research, present at national conferences, and compete in international competitions – a distinction usually reserved for graduate students.

While science and engineering are our foundation, students also take courses in humanities, social sciences, arts, enjoy a vigorous music department, a new wellness center, more than 80 student organizations, and a strong competitive athletics program (RMAC). 

Our immersive learning experience includes: 

  • Study Abroad - Explore geology in Turkey or build an orphanage in Chile through our Engineers & Scientists Abroad program.
  • CAMP - The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing & Production houses 13 competitive engineering teams, from Formula racing and Baja to aero design and concrete canoe
  • Mines Advantage, our signature professional development program.
  • EPICS - Real problems. Real projects. Real solutions. Student teams partner with non-profit community organizations to tackle the type of challenges you won't find in a classroom.

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Senior Design

On the Pine Ridge Reservation, 40 percent live below the poverty line and fresh produce costs more than most can afford – in the only grocery store for 120 miles. So students built a solar-powered greenhouse to offer affordable access to produce year-round, paving the way for the first-ever EPICS program. Other Senior Design Projects range from virtual movie theaters and flight simulators to mobile apps and robots.           

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Serious Horsepower

CAMP is a competitive, nationally recognized program that brings together students, faculty, and industry leaders to partner on real-world projects – like our first all-female Formula Racing Team. Students compete nationally on engineering teams building electric snowmobiles, concrete canoes and airplanes, drones, and Baja cars or work on projects involving robotics, radio, or hydrogen fuel cells.

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Study Abroad

Through the Engineers & Scientists Abroad program, Mines students, faculty, and alumni developed rainwater harvesting and landslide mitigation systems in Colombia and supplied an orphanage with clean water, new plumbing, solar energy, and a fruit orchard in Peru. Our students study in Spain, attend conferences in Dubai, conduct research in India, compete in the United Kingdom, and travel to Turkey for geology field camps.