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Maximum Value for Your Money

It’s important to choose a university that is affordable and offers a high return on your investment.

We are that school.

Job Placement

Our placement rate counts graduates who are placed in their field of study or are accepted into graduate school, including medical school.  Some work for state agencies, small businesses, or for such powerhouse companies as Google, Garmin, Barrick Gold, Microsoft, NASA, and Amazon.


For the past three years, College Factual named South Dakota Mines the best engineering school for the money out of 323 similar schools in the U.S. The company PayScale lists South Dakota Mines among the top 100 schools in the country for early and mid-career salaries. And SmartAsset named South Dakota Mines No. 1 in the state for value and starting salary.


EDSmart ranked our online graduate programs among the best in the nation and three online programs ranked fourth in the United States for affordability, retention, academic quality, and student outcome. Best Colleges ranks South Dakota Mines No. 4 in the country for most affordable master’s in Construction Management online program.

Military and Veteran Friendly

Military Friendly ranks South Dakota Mines fourth in the United States for veterans while College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines among the top 5% of universities in the nation for veterans. South Dakota Mines has also been ranked the best university in the state for veterans.

The 2020 Military Times Best list ranks South Dakota Mines 38th out of about 500 colleges who took part in its 10th annual survey. These organizations recognize South Dakota Mines’ commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America’s veterans and military-connected students. Learn more about our Veterans Resource Center.