South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a thriving science and engineering research university today, boasting sixteen academic departments.
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the university enrolled 2,798 students from 45 states and 39 foreign countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average early-career salary for graduates is $65,600 with a 98 percent placement rate.
The beautiful 118-acre campus has 23 buildings, which surround the historic arch on the campus quad. Future expansion and growth are reflected in the 30-year Campus Master Plan. The plan details recommendations to meet the intended growth in enrollment, faculty, and research as described in Mines’ strategic plan: The Pursuit of Excellence.
Research focuses on four topics: Energy and Environment, Materials and Manufacturing, Underground Science and Engineering, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.
With more than 80 student organizations, opportunities abound in academia, Greek life, professional development, hands-on design, community service, multicultural clubs, student government, music, Army ROTC, and more. Mines offers a full array of intercollegiate sports and is both an NCAA Division II institution and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.