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Strong Outcomes - 2018-19 Graduates

Placement: 96% of graduates are placed in jobs within their career field or have been accepted to graduate school, including medical school.

Average Starting Salary: $66,516     
Our starting salary information is based on actual numbers reported by graduates. This information differs from College Scorecard information because our data includes all students, not just those who received some form of federal financial aid. 

    Employers: 222 employers in 38 States

    Top Employers of Graduates

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    Prestigious Awards since 2014

    Fulbright Scholars (2)
    David LaPorte, 2016; Broc Kokesh, 2018

    Goldwater Scholars (3)
    Jesse Hinricher, 2015; William Trevillyan, 2018; William Jackson “Jack” Carpenter, 2019 

    Udall Scholars (3)
    Vaughn J Vargas, 2014; Tyler Rust, 2015; DeVaughn Pearson, 2016

    Truman Scholars (1)
    Vaughn J Vargas, 2016

    Boren Award (1)
    Tyler Borgwardt, 2017

    Critical Language (1)
    Lucas Lindholm, 2016

    First place in Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition, Student Division (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

    South Dakota Mines Professor SD Entrepreneur of the Year (2018)

    Outstanding Alumni

    • South Dakota Mines has over 20,000 alumni
    • Nearly 200 business owners
    • Over 500 CEO's and Senior Executives 

    University Rankings

    #1 Engineering School in the country for Return on Investment - College Factual

    #1 in South Dakota for value and starting salary - SmartAsset

    #1 University for veterans in South Dakota - Zippia

    #2 Chemical Engineering MS in the nation - Masters Program Guide

    #2 in the nation for most affordable masters in engineering degree programs, #2 in the nation for the best mining engineering degree, and #3 in the country for master’s in construction management - Intelligent

    #4 Best Online Graduate Programs - EDsmart

    #4 Graduate Programs for Veterans - Military Friendly

    MSN Money ranks South Dakota Mines among the top 50 universities in the country for being most affordable with the best outcome.

    A degree from South Dakota Mines has a lifelong value. A study by Georgetown University examining 4,500 schools in the country puts South Dakota Mines in the top 5% for ROI over a 40-year span. South Dakota Mines ROI is far above any other university in the state of South Dakota.

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    Best For Vets 2020

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    Midwest Hidden Gems 2020

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    Most Affordable Online Colleges Badge

    Best Online Masters 2019 Construction Management Badge 

    Affordable Schools- Most Affordable Bachelors Degrees

    Most Affordable Masters Programs 2020

    Online Master 2019 Most Affordable Badge

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    Fast Facts

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