Office of the President

Welcome to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology!

Founded in 1885, the School of Mines prepares leaders in engineering and science to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century at a price that families can afford.

There are no easy degrees at Mines. We challenge our students. We expect hard work and we give students the personal attention needed to succeed.

Personal attention from faculty in small classrooms is a hallmark of the Mines experience and sadly, increasingly rare in American higher education. We believe there is no substitute for the relationship between a professor and a student. At Mines, we don't let graduate students teach; professors teach. Our average undergraduate class size is less than 20. 

The integration of study with professional work experience also distinguishes a Mines education. Our internship program, developed over 20 years in partnership with the industries that hire our graduates, is second to none. 78% of our graduates have had at least one paid internship.

Mines has been named one of the best values in higher education for 17 straight years. For the most recent graduating class, 98% had jobs or places in graduate school at an average starting salary of over $63,000 a year. That's better then Harvard.

Guided by our strategic plan An Even Greater Team, we are forging an ambitious path forward. We have grown by 38% in the last five years and added degree programs in biology, as well as PhDs in Physics and Civil Engineering and minors in petroleum systems, global engineering, environmental engineering, and data analytics. We are improving our facilities; sustaining placement rates of 96 percent or higher; increasing our research awards; and redoubling our emphasis on active, engaged learning for our students.

If you want to prepare yourself for a life of leadership in engineering or science, if you want to be challenged at a university where you will get personal attention, you should go to Mines.

It's a great day to be a Hardrocker!

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