Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, November 5, 2019

SD Mines Ranks Among Best Universities for Veterans

Student veterans at SD Mines in front of the Veterans Resource Center located on campus.  The upcoming Chili Cookoff on Nov. 7 includes a raffle for an Xbox One X .


Military Times, College Factual and Military Friendly rank programs at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology among the best in the country for veterans. 

The organization Military Friendly ranks SD Mines’ graduate programs 4th in the  United States for veterans. College Factual ranks Mines’ engineering programs among the top 5% of universities of its type in the nation. College Factual also ranks SD Mines the best university in South Dakota for vets. The 2020 Military Times best list ranks SD Mines 38th out of about 500 colleges that took part in the 10th annual survey. These organizations recognize SD Mines’ commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America's veterans and military-connected students. 

“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 135 veteran or active duty students. 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.

The organization College Factual takes a more in-depth look at separate degree programs that are best for veterans. SD Mines achieved top scores in three categories: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. SD Mines geology and geological engineering program ranked in the top 15% in the United States for veterans. 

The SD Mines Veterans Club is also hosting its annual chili cookoff on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. Part of the proceeds benefit charity. SD Mines is honoring veterans and active duty students and staff with a Veterans Day Salute on Friday, Nov. 8. This year’s speaker is Larry Zimmerman, former South Dakota Secretary of Veteran Affairs and also a former State Command Sergeant Major of the National Guard. 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. All of the above events are open to the press and public.



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

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