High School Juniors (or younger)

Preparing for college, finding the right college, and figuring out a financial plan can feel like a daunting task.  That's why we recommend that high school students (and/or their parents) get an early start.  The more you know and the better you prepare, the better your results will be.

Freshman/Sophomore Years

Begin your college search:

  • Internet searches are a good way to start. Check out the websites of the colleges you think you might be interested in.  Look at their social media sites too, for a more student-oriented flavor of what campus life is like.
  • Visit with your guidance counselor at school.  They can help you find rankings, reviews, and other resources that compare the colleges you are interested in.
  • Request information from colleges.  View books, academic guides, and other college publications are available either online or in print form from most colleges.
  • Go to some of the college fairs in your area.
  • Meet with admission representatives from different colleges.
  • Prepare for the ACT or SAT. Even take some practice tests.
  • Familiarize yourself with admission requirements.
  • Contact the School of Mines Office of Admissions whenever you have questions.
  • Schedule a campus visit.

Junior Year

  • Make sure you enroll in the right college prep classes. By the time you graduate from High School you should have completed:
    • — 4 years of English
    • — 3 years of advanced mathematics
    • — 3 years of laboratory science
    • — 3 years of social science
    • — 1 year of fine arts
     
  • Take the ACT (School code: 3922) or SAT (School code: 6652) and have your scores sent to the School of Mines and any other colleges you may be interested in.
  • The School of Mines will automatically accept students who
    • — Obtain an ACT composite score of 25 AND obtain an ACT math subscore of 25 (or SAT equivalent scores) OR
    • — Obtain a high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have taken 4 years of mathematics OR
    • — Are South Dakota Regents' Scholars
     
  • Meet with admissions counselors
  • Visit campus

Senior Year

  • Continue college prep courses
  • Retake the ACT or SAT if necessary
  • Meet with admissions counselors
  • Apply to the School of Mines before February 1 to meet the scholarship deadline
  • Visit campus if you haven't already or attend one of our popular "Go To Mines" events
  • Apply for Financial Aid by submitting your FAFSA before the March 15 priority awarding deadline
  • Use the New Student Checklist to get everything done you need to in order to start in the fall