Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, September 20, 2022

South Dakota Mines Enrollment Up in 2022


South Dakota Mines students shuffle in between classes on campus.  Enrollment at Mines is up for the 2022 school year with a total headcount of 2,493 students.


Enrollment at South Dakota Mines is up 3.1% for the 2022 school year. The total headcount at Mines is 2,493 students compared to 2,418 in the fall of 2021. The number of classes students are taking has also increased by 800 credit hours from this time last year. The number of incoming freshmen at Mines is also up over last year by 47 students to a headcount of 538. The university has an 82% retention rate in freshmen to sophomore students, which is a positive indicator in the effort to increase the number of highly sought-after STEM graduates.

“STEM professionals are in great need across the country and we’re proud to educate the next generation of thought leaders,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “Our graduates are continually advancing the frontier of innovation. The Mines students of today are the problem solvers our nation needs tomorrow.”

South Dakota Mines is a hub of technology-based economic growth in the Black Hills region. The university is working alongside Elevate Rapid City, the Sanford Underground Research Facility and Ellsworth Air Force Base to build an economic ecosystem that is increasing the number of high-paying STEM jobs in the Black Hills and across the state.

Mines’ record-breaking Fall 2022 Career Fair included 47 in-state companies, 22 of which came from the Black Hills area. The university is continuing efforts to build more high-tech businesses in the area. The recent announcement that Mines would join both KEEN and NSF I-Corps will yield more businesses in-state who hire Mines graduates.

See more on university enrollment from the South Dakota Board of Regents



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, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu