Mines News

Release Date Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mines Gears Up for Fall Semester

In all, 960 students will be living on campus this semester.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 19, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is welcoming students to campus as the 2016-2017 academic year kicks off with a new residence hall, academic programs and other campus improvements awaiting students.

New freshmen living in campus residence halls began moving in today and will be officially welcomed by President Heather Wilson at an 8 a.m. Friday convocation in the King Center.

Sophomores and upperclassmen will continue moving in throughout the weekend. In all, 960 students will be living on campus when classes begin Monday, Aug. 22.

Hundreds of new freshmen will participate in the fourth annual Day of Service on Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. outside the Surbeck Center. Incoming freshmen will be deployed in groups on campus and throughout Rapid City and Black Hills locations for service projects. In all, new freshmen will give about 1,500 hours of community service before they sit down for their first Mines class.

The School of Mines campus was busy with a number of construction projects over the summer. Among the new improvements:

  • Placer Hall, a new residence hall for 202 students at Maple and East Saint Joseph streets – The 51-unit apartment building was built by the School of Mines Foundation. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22.
  • The Department of Industrial Engineering return to campus – After several years off campus, the department has returned to campus and is now located in the renovated garden level of Devereaux Library.
  • New chemistry classrooms and laboratories – The Chemical & Biological Engineering/Chemistry Building has been undergoing a $6.5 million renovation which includes new teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, offices and a south-side façade.
  • King Center renovations – New construction at the King Center includes a facelift for the north entry and additional athletics offices on the north side of the building.
  • Outdoor recreation and fitness equipment and covered bike racks at the March/Dake Plaza near the Grubby statue.
  • 400 mailboxes and an expanded mail center to accommodate a growing student population.
  • 244 new seats in the main lecture hall of the Classroom Building.

New academic programs and initiatives that will be in full implementation this semester include:

  • A Master of Engineering degree, which offers advanced engineering, applied management and leadership courses with an emphasis in civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and materials engineering and science. The degree is a professional management program aimed at working engineers with a combination of delivery methods that includes face-to-face instruction and hybrid and online courses.
  • The first full year of the Pre-Health Pathways initiative announced last spring. This new initiative is designed to boost support for the increasing number of South Dakota Mines students entering medical school or advancing on to other types of professional health career programs.
  • The Student Success Center, which is designed to augment students’ academic advisor and bolster academic success. To be offered are supplemental peer instructors, free tutoring from upper-class and graduate students, workshops on time management and learning strategies and a place for students to study.


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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Fran LeFort, (605) 394-6082, Fran.LeFort@sdsmt.edu