Mines News

Release Date Friday, January 27, 2017

SD Mines Named Top Ten Best Value Nationwide for Mining Engineering

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 27, 2017) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of the top ten best value colleges nationwide for a bachelor’s in mining engineering. The ranking, by College Values Online, considered tuition, financial aid, specialization options and unique aspects – like Mines’ hands-on learning experience and management emphasis.

“Through the recent downturn, we were still able to place all of our mining engineering graduates. This bodes well for the future of our program,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

Last year’s mining engineering graduates saw a 100 percent placement rate, with an average starting salary of $69,800, at major companies like Kiewit, Barrick Gold, Lafarge, Cargill, Freeport-McMoRan, BHP Billiton, Newmont Mining and more. Mines graduates earned a higher first-job salary than the national average of $65,398, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Experienced full-time mining engineers earn a median wage of $94,041 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SD Mines’ mining engineering students gain experience with industry-grade equipment in state-of-the-art facilities and labs, including the rock mechanics laboratory, the mine ventilation lab and the computer-aided mine design lab. Students also have the opportunity to survey a mile underground and train with mine rescue teams at the Sanford Underground Research Facility

 Click here for the College Values Online ranking.

 Click here for more information on SD Mines’ mining engineering program.

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About SD Mines

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 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Dani Mason, 605-394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu

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