What Sets Us Apart

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
  • 17% of faculty/staff are veterans
  • On-site VA benefits adviser/VA certifier
  • Veterans' orientations
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally for four consecutive years by Military Times Edge magazine in their annual "Best for Vets: Colleges" survey
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for four consecutive years by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • Ranked #7 in nation by BestCollegesOnline.com in their May 2012 article "25 Colleges With Incredible Veteran Support"
  • Per Businessweek magazine in September of 2012, School of Mines graduates earn higher starting salaries that Harvard University's graduates
  • In January 2014, ranked 5th nationally for return on investment (ROI) by BestColleges.com
  • 98% placement rate for graduates
  • Student success workshops
  • Faculty/staff training on veterans' issues, PTSD, TBI
  • Veterans' Day celebrations
  • SVA-affiliated Veterans Club (established in 2007)
  • Veterans Upward Bound affiliation
  • 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 South Dakota Department of Labor and the patient advocate from the VA Black Hills Health Care System
  • Women Veterans Wellness Workshops
  • Recognition cords 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 Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, South Dakota Coalition for Military Families, American Corporate Partners (mentoring for college veterans), ACE Toolkit for Military Friendly Institutions