Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, November 1, 2022

South Dakota Mines Tops State and Nation in Multiple Rankings

South Dakota Mines has again topped the state and nation in multiple rankings from multiple sources.

A range of organizations have once again placed South Dakota Mines among the top universities in the state and nation. This latest list of rankings affirms Mines’ longstanding reputation as a best-in-class STEM university with a fantastic return on investment for graduates.

“To put it simply, our graduates change the world,” says Mines President Jim Rankin, Ph.D., P.E. “Mines alumni are highly valued innovators who frequently become leaders in their fields. Our graduates make a difference, and these rankings reflect their success.”  

  • The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, released this report showing that a South Dakota Mines degree has a lifetime return on investment of $1,651,277. The data provided in the report shows that Mines is the number one school in the state for lifetime earnings and among the top universities in the nation for return on investment. 
  • This Georgetown University study ranks Mines 27th in the nation out of 710 public universities for lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree. Mines topped other public schools around the country for a lifetime return on investment (or 40-year net present value) like the University of California Davis, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Purdue, and many others. 
  • Military Friendly ranks Mines the third best university in the nation for veterans in their graduate school category. Their website states, “South Dakota Mines is an excellent choice for military students because, most importantly, the school's graduate placement rate for military/veteran students is 100% for the past six years.”
  • Colleges of Distinction again recognized Mines in the 2022-2023 academic year in a number of categories. The website quotes Mines alumnus Savoy Schuler, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in computer science. “The cost-to-opportunity deal Mines offers students is simply irreplaceable, and I'll evangelize it for the rest of my life,” says Schuler. 
  • Mines is listed among one of Forbes Top Colleges for 2022. This prestigious list includes the top 500 schools in the country. Their website states, “Whether a school is in the Top 10 or near the bottom, the 500 schools on Forbes’ Top Colleges list showcase the finest in American education. Forbes’ top colleges ranking spotlights schools that offer an excellent education at a great price, graduate high-earners and propel students to become successful entrepreneurs and influential leaders in their fields.” 
  • Locally, the university’s Museum of Geology was voted Best of the Black Hills by Rapid City Journal readers in 2022.  

More information about how to attend Mines can be found on the Office of Admissions webpage. 



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-721-7865, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu