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Release Date Thursday, August 31, 2017

SD Mines Ranks Among Top in State, Nation for Value

RAPID CITY, SD (August 31, 2017) – Three organizations have recently ranked the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology among the best schools in the state and nation.

Affordable Colleges ranks SD Mines’ online Engineering Master’s programs sixth in the United States. Mines offers three online master’s degrees in Construction Engineering and Management, Engineering Management, and Mining Engineering and Management. Affordable Colleges reviewed schools across the nation and found that SD Mines’ online program stood out in both quality and affordability. You can see the full rankings here.

In its 2017 College Salary Report PayScale ranked SD Mines as number one in South Dakota based on the median mid-career salary of graduates. The $109,900 mid-career average income compared to the relatively low cost of tuition makes Mines a fantastic return on investment. 

The organization College Choice has also ranked SD Mines among its list of Best Colleges in South Dakota. The organization notes that SD Mines has been a best value in education for 18 straight years. In addition to the high quality, low cost education, over 77% of the students participate in a paid internship with an average hourly range of $18 per hour. The average salary for a recent graduate is also $63,000 per year with companies like Google, Microsoft, Medtronic, NASA, SpaceX, and Keurig. SD Mines is one-third the cost of Harvard and yet still gets better and higher starting salaries.

For SD Mines Interim President Jan Puszynski these results are no surprise, “Mines constantly ranks among the best value universities in the country. Our low student-to-faculty ratio, hands on experience, high job placement rates and high starting salaries continue to make Mines a fantastic investment for many students,” says Puszynski.  

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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: Charles Michael Ray, 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu

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