Admission Acceptance and Incoming Freshman Scholarships

In order to be considered for incoming freshman scholarships at the School of Mines, prospective students must be accepted for admission no later than the first business day in February prior to the academic year they plan to attend. For admittance to the School of Mines, students are required to submit an online SD Mines admission application or a paper admission application by mail, fax or e-mail.  Regardless of how you submit your application, all incoming freshman accepted for admission on or before the first business day in February will be competitively evaluated for incoming freshman scholarships. A separate application is not required for incoming freshman students. Students interested in departmental scholarships should contact their respective department for further information.

All applicants must carefully review the admission application requirements and ensure that all required documents (including no less than an official 6th semester high school transcript or a final transcript for students that have already graduated from high school) are received by the Admissions Office by the first business day in February deadline.

Automatic Scholarship Award

All students admitted as first time freshmen (including students who completed college coursework while still in high school) on or prior to the first business day in February prior to their academic year of enrollment (i.e. February 2015 for an August 2015 start), will receive an automatic award offer of $3,000 per year for each of their first two years of attendance if they meet one of the following two criteria:

  • Have ACT scores (or SAT equivalent scores) of at least 32 in both composite and math;
  • Have an ACT score (or SAT equivalent score) of at least 34 in either composite or math.

Automatic scholarship recipients remain eligible to compete for scholarships of greater value, as described in the next paragraph, which would replace this $3,000 two-year scholarship offer.

    Order of Merit List (OML)

    The SD Mines Scholarship Committee has developed a formula which evaluates each student's ACT composite, ACT math and high school cumulative Grade Point Average. From this formula, each student receives a number ranking and an Order of Merit List (OML) is created, listing students highest to lowest. A student's relative position on the OML will determine the scholarship in which they will be offered, starting with four-year Surbeck Scholarships ($9,000 a year), then four-year Presidential Scholarships ($3,000 - $5,000 a year), next four-year Distinctive Scholarships ($1,000 - $5,000 a year), then two-year SD Mines Scholarships ($2,000 - $3,000 a year) and finally one-year, non-renewable Freshman Scholarships. Scholarships will be offered using the OML until the funds are exhausted. Unfortunately, not every student will receive a freshman scholarship.

    Other Scholarship Awards

    Some of our scholarship donors have established scholarships with very specific eligibility criteria. These one-year, non-renewable awards range from $100 to $4,000.

    National Merit Finalists

    The School of Mines offers a $3,000 scholarship renewable for three years to National Merit Finalists who notify the National Merit Corporation that SD Mines is their first-choice college by the first business day in February. This scholarship would be in addition to other scholarship award(s) from SD Mines.

    Change or Increase of Scholarship Award

    Some scholarship awardees could be "upgraded" to a more prestigious scholarship if a scholarship with a higher dollar amount or a multi-year scholarship becomes available due to a recipient turning down such a scholarship. If additional scholarship funds become available, students who were not selected in our initial awarding process will be reconsidered for scholarship funding and notified accordingly.

    Date of Scholarship Award Notification

    Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award offer approximately the 3rd week of February. If the scholarship is a multi-year award, the award notice will indicate the criteria the recipient must meet to maintain their scholarship for subsequent years.

    If you were initially awarded a SD Mines academic scholarship stated above, it was made without regard for specific funding sources. By August, the SD Mines Enrollment Management Office and the Financial Aid Office will assign (replace) each initial scholarship award with a named donor-funded scholarship and notify the student of this information. A thank-you letter will be required before scholarships funds can be disbursed to student accounts.

    Scholarship Requirements

    Scholarship recipients must meet certain enrollment and academic achievement requirements.  Find out more on our Scholarship Requirements page.

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    Hardrocker Heritage CTAIf you are a non-resident applicant or transfer student with at least one parent or legal guardian who went to SD Mines, you can attend at in-state rates.