South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) is committed to excellence in science and engineering academics and research, and to developing the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers.  The university offers a wide array of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.


Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, today the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the region.
University History | University Leadership

Why Mines

Located in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, SD Mines offers a rigorous academic experience, supported by small class sizes, committed faculty members, and many student development programs and organizations.  We’re known for:

  • STEM Academics
  • Personal Attention
  • Outstanding Internship Opportunities
  • Great Value
  • Our wonderful location:  the Rushmore Region

Visit our Why Mines section to learn more or check out some fast facts.

Visit SD Mines

Visiting Mines is probably the best way to learn if SD Mines is the right college choice for you.  Arrange a campus visit to Mines, come to a Go To Mines Open House, (or if you can’t visit, take a moment to enjoy our Virtual 360 Tour, or the Online Viewbook.)

Latest News

Find the latest Mines News on our website, or read our most recent issues of The Hardrock Magazine or Legacy News.  Find more for alumni and other friends of the university at our Foundation and Alumni Association websites.


Research Thrives at Mines

From neutrino experiments a mile underground to collaborations with NASA, research at Mines brings talent, innovation, and determination to local, national and global initiatives.
Research at Mines