Quick Facts

Through STEM academics, personal attention, paid internships, and an engaged learning approach, SD Mines provides an exceptional engineering and science education at a price families can afford. 


Quick Facts

  • Location: Rapid City, SD
  • Founded: 1885
  • Pres. Jim Rankin
  • Best College Buy
  • 96% placement                

Students

  • Enrollment: 2,778
  • Student-to-faculty: 15:1
  • Average ACT: 27
  • 44 states, 30 countries
  • Over 8,000 service hrs. yearly                                 

Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty: 172
  • Staff: 298                         
  • Professors of the Year: 5
  • 84% doctorate or appropriate degree
  • Labs + Centers: 16                                 

Academics

  • Majors: 19
  • Minors + certificates: 26
  • Graduate majors: 24
  • Engineering teams: 12
  • 77% of students intern                                  

DID YOU KNOW?


SD Mines was involved in the Stratobowl flights that resulted in the first image showing the curvature of the earth, launched in the Black Hills National Forest. 


The tradition of whitewashing the 112-by-67-foot "M" on M-Hill spans 10 decades, joining a homecoming picnic, climb, and senior plaque installations on the hill.


National Geographic has made multiple trips to the region looking for fossils with faculty. In 1981, a triceratops skull was flown from the Badlands back to the university.