Admissions FAQ

Our website provides answers to most of the questions you're likely to have.  If you don't or can't find an answer, you are always welcome to call the Admissions Office (877) 877-6044 or (605) 394-2414 and we will help you find the information that you need.  Below are some useful "Frequently Asked Questions" for prospective undergraduate students -- about the SD School of Mines, the Admissions process here, the SD Mines student experience, to help you find the answers that you need.

Questions About the Admissions process
Questions About Financial Aid
Questions About the SD Mines Student Experience
General Questions About the SD School of Mines
SD Mines Quick Dates

Questions about the Admissions process

Q. How do I reach the School of Mines Office of Admissions and what is the mailing address?
A. Visit the Admissions Staff webpage to see all the different ways you can communicate with us.

Q. What are the admissions requirements?
A. Visit Admission Requirements for all the criteria.

Q. How do I apply for admission?
A. Visit our Undergraduate Admissions Application webpage for everything you need to know.

Q. When should I apply for admission?
A. If you're a high school student, you should apply in the fall of your senior year. Otherwise, the sooner the better. For more information visit our Application Instructions webpage.  Transfer students should review the Transfer Student Checklist.

Q. After being admitted to School of Mines what will be the next step in the admissions process?
A. See the New Student Checklist for everything you need to know.

Q. Does the School of Mines accept AP credits?
A. Yes. If you score a 3 or better on the AP test, send your scores in for college credit. They will need to be sent directly from College Board.

Q. What majors are offered at the School of Mines?
A. See our Degrees and Majors page for more information on specific majors and career paths, or check out our list of all SD Mines degrees. Interested in lots of our degrees? That's great!  We offer the option for our students to come in as undeclared so you can take the first semester to explore your options through our special intro seminar course.

Q. Does the School of Mines offer campus tours to prospective students?
A. There are a variety of ways to visit campus. See our "Visit With Us" webpage to find out more.

Questions About Financial Aid

Q. How do I apply for financial aid?
A.  Visit Applying for Financial Aid to learn more.

Q. How do I apply for a freshmen scholarship at the School of Mines?
A. If you were accepted to the School of Mines by the priority deadline of January 15, you're all set but visit Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

Q. How much does it cost to attend the School of Mines?
A. For the 2018-19 year, total costs are approximately $21,000 for South Dakota residents and $25,000 for non-residents. Visit Tuition and Costs for more information.

Questions About the SD Mines Student Experience

Q. What is the male to female ratio?
A. Approximately 3 to 1. Visit our Quick Facts page for more details.

Q. How large is your freshman class at the School of Mines?
A. Fall 2018 enrollment included 457 freshmen.

Q. What is your average ACT score of incoming students?
A. Nearly a 27 ACT.

Q. What is that equivalent to on the SAT?
A. Approximately 1280.

Q. What is the average high school grade point average entering the School of Mines?
A. 3.57

Q. Where do your students generally come from?
A. Students come from 41 states and 28 foreign countries.
Q. What is the Student Faculty Ratio
A. 15:1

Q.What is the average class size
A. 23

Q. What kind of computer facilities are available to students?
A. All entering students are enrolled in our TabletPC program and receive a TabletPC laptop. The School of Mines campus is completely wired and residence halls have network connections. Learn more.

Q. Where can I find the Academic Calendar? 
A.  See the Academic Calendar or the Catalog.

Q. Does School of Mines offer students cooperative (co-op) or internship programs?
A. Yes. 77 percent of graduating seniors each year have participated in a co-op or internship. Opportunities for co-ops and internships are available in the fall, spring, and summer.

Q. What are the different activities available for student to get involved with (athletics, music, clubs, etc.)?
A. See Getting Involved for some ideas.

General Questions About the SD School of Mines & Technology

Q. When was the School of Mines founded?
A. 1885 - four years before South Dakota became a state!  Find out more about our history.

Q. How large is the campus?
A. 120 acres

Q. Where is the School of Mines located, and where do I park when I get there?
A. Visitors may park in front of the O'Harra Building.  The Admissions Office will provide you with a parking permit (See Campus Map and Directions and Parking information.)The School of Mines is located in Rapid City, South Dakota only minutes off of Interstate 90.

Q. What is the Rapid City/Black Hills area like?
A. From urban amenities, to outdoor activities, to tourism venues, to the biggest motorcycle rally in America, you'll find plenty to do in Rapid City and the beautiful Black Hills.


SD School of Mines & Technology Quick Dates

In order to be eligible for freshman scholarships, students must be accepted to SD Mines by January 15.  The last time students can take the ACT or the SAT and have those scores be considered for freshman scholarships is December.

The FAFSA application is available on October 1.  Students are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA as close to October 1 as possible.

Parking application
The parking application goes live for students on July 1.

Housing application for freshmen students:
Application will open in mid-February.

Late applications are accepted until school starts in the fall.  
Housing assignments are dispersed in June.

Application for the Spring and Fall semesters:
Applications are processed beginning September 1.  
Expect to hear a reply from the Admissions Office within 5-10 business days.

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