Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SD Mines Ranks Among Best Universities for Veterans

SD Mines students and veterans on top of M Hill in Rapid City during the annual university homecoming festivities. Shown here are Sam Crittenden, U.S. Marine Corps; Eric Simonton, Army National Guard; Kevin Chamberlain, U.S. Marine Corps; and Justin Smith, Army National Guard.


Military Times ranks the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology among the best schools in the country for veterans. The 2019 Military Times Best list recognizes educational institutions for a commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America's veterans and military-connected students. Mines ranks 39th out of about 500 colleges that took part in the ninth annual survey, which is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

“Our veteran and active military students are a true asset to our campus and it’s an honor to serve them. It was clear from the time I started here at SD Mines that this university, from the top down, cared for our veteran students and it shows as we continually strive to provide the resources and support our vets need to be successful. We are thrilled to be recognized for that commitment,” says Derek Flom, the coordinator of the Veterans Resource Center at Mines and an Air Force veteran.

Consistently ranked as a military friendly institution, SD Mines currently enrolls 126 veteran or active duty students. Mines has a 100 percent job placement rate among its veteran graduates. The university offers a comprehensive Veterans Resource Center where students can study and receive tutoring and scholarship assistance, as well as help with resumes, cover letters and academic and life skills.

In addition to the Military Times Best Colleges ranking, Mines has also been recognized as a Military Friendly School and in 2017 Mines ranked No. 16 by Best Colleges for Veterans.

SD Mines is honoring veterans and active duty students and staff with a Veterans Day Salute on Thursday, Nov. 8. The SD Mines Veterans Club is also hosting its annual chili cookoff on Nov. 14, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom, part of the proceeds benefit charity. Additionally, SD Mines is running a care package drive for three deployed students. Items may be brought to the Veterans Day salute on Nov. 8, or to the lower level of the Surbeck Center in the Veteran’s Resource Center. Hardrocker athletics will also recognize veterans at the Military Appreciation Day football game on Nov. 3.  All the above events are open to the press and public.



About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Charles Michael Ray, 605-721-7865, Charles.Ray@sdsmt.edu

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