Quick Facts

Founded in 1885 to train professionals for the region's booming mining industry, SD Mines has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities nationwide.

Located in the Rushmore Region, the university offers a rigorous academic experience and wealth of internship opportunities for the over 2,800 students who collaborate with outstanding faculty on engineering and scientific issues critical to the state, the nation, and the world.  


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Quick Facts

  • Location: Rapid City, SD
  • Founded: 1885
  • Pres. Heather Wilson
  • Best College Buy
  • 98% placement                

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Students

  • Enrollment: 2,843
  • Student-to-faculty: 15:1
  • Average ACT: 26.1
  • 45 states, 39 countries
  • 8,543 service hrs. yearly                                 

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Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty: 173
  • Staff: 285                  
  • Professors of the Year: 5
  • Avg. Years of Service: 18
  • Labs + Centers: 12                                 

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Academics

  • Majors: 16
  • Minors + certificates: 18
  • Graduate majors: 23
  • Engineering teams: 12
  • 75% of students intern                                  

DID YOU KNOW?

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SD Mines was involved in the Stratobowl flights that resulted in the first image showing the curvature of the earth, launched in the Black Hills National Forest. 

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The tradition of whitewashing the 112-by-67-foot "M" on M-Hill spans 10 decades, joining a homecoming picnic, climb, and senior plaque installations on the hill.

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National Geographic has made multiple trips to the region looking for fossils with faculty. In 1981, a triceratops skull was flown from the Badlands back to the university.