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Military magazine ranks Mines ninth ‘Best for Vets’
Release Date Monday, November 11, 2013

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.  

The 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.

“Best 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, as well as,, and 

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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 visit


About SDSM&T

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, on Facebook at and on Twitter at