What Sets Us Apart

* The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) has signed the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which has also been signed by the DoD, completing our DoD MOU filing process.

* To further confirm our commitment to support our military and Veteran students as they pursue their education and employment goals, SDSM&T has joined the Department of Education's voluntary initiative entitled "The 8 Keys to Veterans' Success." (See:  http://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families/8-keys-success-sites.)

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology believes that veterans should not just receive assistance, but more importantly, support. Our "village of support" is campus- and community-wide:

    Veterans Center Tutoring
  • University president is an Air Force veteran
  • Veterans Resource Center (VRC) established in 2009 for veterans, active duty members, and families
  • On-site VA benefits adviser/VA certifier
  • Veterans' orientations
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally for five consecutive years by Military Times Edge magazine in their annual "Best for Vets: Colleges" survey
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for six consecutive years by G.I. Jobs magazine (2010-2015)
  • Made the current list of U.S. Veterans magazine's "Best of the Best" top Veteran-friendly schools
  • Ranked #7 in nation by BestCollegesOnline.com in their May 2012 article "25 Colleges With Incredible Veteran Support"
  • Named one of America's 100 Best College Buys for 16 consecutive years by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc.
  • Per Businessweek magazine in September of 2012, School of Mines graduates earn higher starting salaries that Harvard University's graduates
  • Ranked #19 nationally by Payscale's 2014 College ROI Report with a 20-year net return on investment for in-state tuition (see http://www.payscale.com/college-roi/full-list)
  • Ranked #13 nationally for starting salaries in Payscale's 2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report (see http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014)
  • Ranked #4 nationally by The Huffington Post for "The Public Schools That Pay Off the Most" (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/public-colleges-pay-off-payscale-ranking_n_5035843.html)
  • 98% placement rate for graduates
  • Student success and financial literacy workshops for Veterans
  • Faculty/staff training on veterans' issues, PTSD, TBI
  • Veterans' Day celebrations
  • SVA-affiliated Veterans Club (established in 2007)
  • Veterans Upward Bound affiliation since 2009
  • Pre-college preparation classes in math, computers, and writing (free of charge through Veterans Upward Bound)
  • In-state tuition for veterans 
  • Army ROTC on campus since 1918 (Mount Rushmore Battalion)
  • Close proximity to Ellsworth Air Force Base and the South Dakota National Guard Headquarters at Camp Rapid
  • Regular, monthly visits to VRC by veterans' representative from the patient advocate from the VA Black Hills Health Care System
  • Recognition cords (red, white, and blue) for veterans at graduation ceremonies
  • VRC Director assists with writing tutoring as the Veterans Upward Bound Writing Instructor since 2007
  • VRC Director assists with scholarship searches and applications, resume development
  • VRC Director is member of Black Hills Area Veterans Coordinating Commission
  • Partnered with Veterans Upward Bound, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, South Dakota Coalition for Military Families, American Corporate Partners (career mentoring for college veterans), ACE Toolkit for Military Friendly Institutions