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Release Date Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mines Ranked No. 1 Best Value in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 11, 2017) –  The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named the top university for best value in South Dakota in SmartAsset’s Best Value Colleges study, which ranks universities in categories of scholarships provided, starting salary, tuition, living costs and retention rates. SD Mines was named the No. 1 Best Value in South Dakota in 2016, as well.

“South Dakota Mines is a great value. We are consistently one of the best returns on investment for a college education in America,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

SmartAsset gave 25 percent weighting to starting salary, tuition and living costs and 12.5 percent weighting to scholarship, grants and student retention rate to come up with a ranking of universities in its analysis. With that ranking, it created an index on a scale of one to 100. SD Mines ranked nearly 35 points higher than the second-highest ranked school, South Dakota State University.


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 2,654 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: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu