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Mines’ growing enrollment prompts long-term Rocker Square lease
Release Date Monday, January 13, 2014


RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 13, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has entered into a long-term agreement with Technology Housing, LLC, to lease the two Rocker Square apartment buildings to accommodate its growing enrollment.

 Beginning Aug. 15, the university will operate the privately owned apartment buildings through the Office of Residence Life and continue the arrangement through 2024. The agreement was signed today by Mines President Heather Wilson and Hani Shafai, president of Dream Design International, along with Pat Hall, who own the Technology Housing management group.

The apartments, which were completed in time for the academic years beginning in 2012 and 2013, can accommodate 269 students. The adjacent twin buildings just west of campus currently house students but are operated independently of the university.

Under the agreement, the apartments will be reserved for Mines sophomores, who, along with freshmen, are required to live on campus.

The university owns three traditional residence halls, with a total of 605 beds, which will primarily serve a growing freshmen population. This academic year the number of freshman grew 20 percent over the previous fall, with a total of 553 students from 35 states.

This year’s overall enrollment grew 8.9 percent, with an overall student headcount of 2,640. One of the university’s strategic priorities is to increase the number of students to 3,500 by the year 2020.

Students will have four-bedroom, three-bedroom and two-bedroom options from which to choose. Units are fully-furnished, with kitchen, living room and multiple bathrooms. Each Rocker Square apartment building will house three resident assistant students.

Additionally, the university is working to bring a storefront eatery to the currently vacant main floor space of Rocker Square I.


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