Points of Excellence - A Great Return on Your Education Dollars
Since 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been a national leader in preparing world-class engineers and scientists. Award-winning undergraduate education is enhanced by graduate education and research and development in areas of critical need to South Dakota, the nation, and the world. Our graduates design, construct, and operate the most modern technology to meet today's complex challenges and are held in the highest regard by their fellow leaders in industry, consulting, government, health, research, and education.
Average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98% placement rate. SDSM&T made headlines in 2012 when it was first established that our graduates outearned Harvard graduates, on average, when entering the workforce.
Annual pay for bachelor’s graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have two years of experience; mid-career graduates have 15 years.
See full list here (ordered by Payscale by Mid-Career Salary)
- Ranked #5 nationally for return on investment by BestColleges.com, with a 30-year net return on investment of more than $1.2 million.
- The newest PayScale report for college graduates puts the School of Mines as 13th nationwide for starting salaries.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 15th consecutive year. This year’s America’s 100 Best College Buys is the 16th list published by Institutional Research & Evaluation, an independent research and consulting organization that specializes in the recruiting and retention of students. Each year the organization identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost.
To be considered for the America’s 100 Best College Buys designation, institutions must offer four-year undergraduate degree programs and have an entering freshman class with an average high school grade point average or college entrance exam score equal to or above the national average. This year, 1,069 accredited U.S. colleges and universities participated in the survey.
- Average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent
- More than 79 percent of graduates had internships, co-ops, or
research experiences in 2013. Students worked for 165 employers in 34
states, Canada and Germany, earning an average of $17.01
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is ranked among the top 15 percent of the most military friendly schools nationwide by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2012.
Mines has ranked in the top ten "Best for Vets: Colleges" for four consecutive years. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to recruit and support America's veterans.
- Dr. James Feiszli was named a 2013 US Carnegie Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota, the fifth Mines professor to be honored with this prestigious award.
- The university was named a 2012 Fulbright Top Producing Institution.
- During the 2012-2013 academic school year, Hardrocker athletes volunteered 3,714 hours, exceeding their goal of 2,500.
- This summer on a single day of service, more than 400 new students volunteered more than 1,000 service hours to make an impact on campus and in the community.
Our exceptional Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) is a competitive, nationally-recognized program that brings together students, faculty, and industry leaders to partner on real-world projects. Teams compete nationally on projects like building alternative fuel vehicles, a concrete canoe, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or a mini Indy or Baja car, or working on projects involving robotics or hydrogen fuel cells. Learn more about CAMP.