M Hill Rapid City South Dakota

About South Dakota Mines

At South Dakota Mines, we develop the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers to advance the frontier of innovation. We are committed to students who want to excel in science, engineering, and research, and we are excited that you found us and we can't wait to become a part of your educational journey.

Are you curious about how things work and tenacious about problem solving? So are we! At South Dakota Mines, you won't spend all your time in the classroom - here, you'll have amazing opportunities to build it, break it, and to create solutions to change the world. You not only get these kind of hands-on experiences, you'll get a great education at an affordable price as South Dakota Mines is consistently ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment.

If you are curious, smart, and tenacious, then we’re the right fit for you. What are you waiting for schedule your visit today!


Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, today South Dakota Mines has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the region.
University History | University Leadership

Why South Dakota Mines

Located in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, South Dakota Mines offers a rigorous academic experience, supported by small class sizes, committed faculty members, and many student development programs and organizations.  We’re known for:

  • STEM Academics
  • Personal Attention
  • Outstanding Internship Opportunities
  • Great Value
  • Our wonderful location:  the Rushmore Region

Visit our Why South Dakota Mines section to learn more or check out some fast facts.

Visit South Dakota Mines

Visiting South Dakota Mines is probably the best way to learn if South Dakota Mines is the right college choice for you. Arrange a campus visit to South Dakota Mines, come to a Go To Mines Open House, (or if you can’t visit, take a moment to enjoy our Virtual 360 Tour, or the Online Viewbook.)

Latest News

Find the latest South Dakota Mines News on our website, or read our most recent issues of The Hardrock Magazine. Find more for alumni and other friends of the university at our Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement website.


Research Thrives at South Dakota Mines

From neutrino experiments a mile underground to collaborations with NASA, research at South Dakota Mines brings talent, innovation, and determination to local, national and global initiatives.
Research at South Dakota Mines