The School of Mines Offers a Great College Experience

Every day at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, more than 2,800 students collaborate with our outstanding SD Mines faculty on engineering and scientific issues of critical importance to the state, the nation, and the world. A small student/faculty ratio provides an environment for personal in-depth exchanges, and meaningful research projects. At SD Mines, our students "get their hands dirty" with projects and collaborations that offer real opportunities to put academic theories to work. Our 98% placement rate shows that employers know Mines graduates are ready to make a real contribution.

By the Numbers:

Student population — Undergraduate: 86.7%, Graduate: 13.3%
Percentage of students who attend full-time — 79.8%
Average ACT score — 26.1
Average SAT score —1141
Average high school GPA — 3.52
Total Enrollment — 2,798
Enrollment by gender — Men: 77%, Women: 23%
First-to-second-year retention — 79%
School of Mines welcomes students from — 45 states & 39 foreign countries
Students who get co-ops and internships nationally or worldwide — 75%
Average placement rate — 98%
Average starting salary of graduates — $63,504
Percentage of graduates who go on to graduate schools — 22%

Diversity at SD Mines

The SD Mines Office of Multicultural Affairs led a study of campus diversity. View the Diversity Report that resulted from this work.