RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 11, 2013) –The South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology has been ranked ninth in the Military
Times EDGE “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014”
survey released today.
It is the fourth consecutive year
the university has ranked in the top 10 in the magazine’s survey. The School of
Mines was ranked second in 2013, eighth in 2012 and was tied for third in 2011.
The distinction recognizes and rewards colleges and universities for their
commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.
Of 2,640 current students, there are 158 veterans enrolled
in the School of Mines.
organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force
Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis this year on
academic rigor when conducting and scoring the fourth annual survey, a 150-question
analysis of schools’ complete offerings for veterans.
“A Gold Star for those who worked
on the application and especially for those who work every day to make our vets
feel welcomed and supported on this campus,” said School of Mines President
Heather Wilson, D.Phil., who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the
third class to include women.
Services offered at the School of Mines Veteran Resource
Center include assistance with scholarship searches and applications, as well
as resumes and cover letters; counseling and referral services for VA benefits,
G.I. bills and community veterans organizations; academic- and life-skills
advising and instruction in areas such as learning styles, test preparation,
note taking, time management, stress management and wellness; and tutoring.
for Vets” provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a
school or degree program will benefit them. The extensive evaluation process
considered service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI
Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. It also
considered statistics commonly used to track student success and academic
quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation
rates and student-faculty ratio.
“As with all of the ‘Best for Vets’ rankings, ‘Best for
Vets: Colleges’ is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the
many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said
Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.
The rankings are published today in full in the November
issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for
military transition, and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com,
NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
For the full listing, visit http://projects.militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2014/colleges/4-year/.
The School of Mines has consistently been recognized as one
of the most military friendly schools, including previously by G.I. Jobs
magazine. For more information about the School of Mines veterans’ program
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.