Facts and Figures

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a proud 'legacy of excellence' in preparing graduates to serve as leaders in engineering and science. Sixteen academic departments offer more than 35 degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. In small, interactive classes and within state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, our 2,600+ students collaborate with more than 100 award-winning faculty on engineering and scientific issues of critical importance to South Dakota, the nation, and the world.

As science and math devotees, we look to numbers to inform our decisions.  So here are a few to consider:

FAST FACTS — Students

 
Student population — Undergraduate: 86.7%, Graduate: 13.3%
Percentage of students who attend full-time — 79.8%
Average ACT score — 26.1  
Average SAT score — 1141  
Average high school GPA — 3.52  
Total Enrollment — 2,640
Enrollment by gender — Men: 77%, Women: 23%
First-to-second-year retention — 79%
School of Mines welcomes students from — 43 states & 37 foreign countries
Students who get co-ops and internships nationally or worldwide — 79%
Average placement rate — 98%
Average starting salary of graduates — $62,400
One of "America's Best College Buys"16 consecutive years

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