High Return on Investment  

The cost of higher education is more expensive than ever, so it’s important to choose a university that offers a high return on the investment. SD Mines, the state’s premier science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) university, is that school. 

Starting Salary & Job Placement

Mines graduates earn an average starting salary of more than $61,300 a year, and its students get hired. The job placement rate for SD Mines graduates is 97 percent. Students are hired by such powerhouse businesses as Google, Fiat Chrysler, Garmin, Barrick Gold, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Amazon.

Best College Buy

Mines has been named one of America’s Best College Buys for 19 years and is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of South Dakota by PayScale for its return on investment. The organization College Choice has ranked SD Mines among its list of Best Colleges in South Dakota, ranking our Online Master's in Engineering programs third in the United States for affordability. Mines offers three online master’s degrees in Construction Engineering and ManagementEngineering Management, and Mining Engineering and Management. College Choice reviewed schools nationwide and found that SD Mines’ online programs stood out in both quality, flexibility and affordability. College Choice ranks Mines 24th in the “35 Best Master’s in Electrical Engineering.”  This ranking comes on top of a previous report placing Mines’ Department of Mechanical Engineering in the top 10 programs in the nation. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Schools.com named the university’s Mechanical Engineering Department sixth in the nation using a 13-point rating system looking at such things as affordability, student-to-faculty ratio, graduate rates and flexibility.

Military and Veteran Friendly

SD Mines was ranked 27th out of 140 four-year universities in the recently released 2018 Military Times Best Colleges listing. The 2018 Military Times Best list recognizes educational institutions for a commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America's veterans and military-connected students.

Learn more about our Veterans Resource Center.