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Starting Salary for Mines Graduates: $61,346.

SD Mines has been repeatedly named one of the best values in higher education. In an age where some question the value of college, we offer a return on investment that's hard to beat. Last year, the starting salary for Mines graduates was $63,000. 

Placement Rate of 97%

With 96 percent placement, our 2015-16 graduates landed jobs at Google, Microsoft, Medtronic, NASA, SpaceX, and Keurig or are pursuing graduate degrees. Ten of the 16 majors had 100 percent placement, with 36 percent of all graduates staying in South Dakota. Mines graduates continue to have higher average starting salaries and better placement rates than every Ivy League school.

A 'Best College Buy' for the Last 18 Years

America's Best College Buys The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 18th consecutive year, which identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the United States, from over 1,000 applications, that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost.


Exceptional Return on Investment

In its 2018 College ROI Report PayScale ranked SD Mines as #1 in South Dakota and #56 in the nation based on its 20-year net return on investment, taking into consideration salaries versus tuition cost.

The organization College Choice has ranked SD Mines among its list of Best Colleges in South Dakota.  
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Affordable Colleges ranks SD Mines’ Online Master of Science programs sixth in the United States. Mines offers three online master’s degrees in Construction Engineering and Management, Engineering Management, and Mining Engineering and Management. Affordable Colleges reviewed schools across the nation and found that SD Mines’ online program stood out in both quality and affordability. 

Military and Veteran Friendly

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For the 8th year in a row, SD Mines has been highly ranked as one of Military Times: Best Colleges, securing the #27 spot out of 140 universities in the 2018 rankings.  In 2017, College Choice ranked SD Mines #16 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list and received the Gold ranking as Military Friendly School from GI Jobs.

Learn more about our Veterans Resource Center.