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Release Date Thursday, April 23, 2020

South Dakota Mines Again Receives Top Rankings in State and Nation

These rankings join previous reports citing the university’s value. In 2019 and 2018, College Factual ranked Mines as the number one engineering school in the country for return on investment. 

Multiple university ranking organizations place South Dakota School of Mines & Technology among the top schools in the nation for value and return on investment (ROI). The rankings show South Dakota Mines remains an excellent financial investment for those seeking degrees in STEM fields, including healthcare and technology business management.

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, many students are considering affordable universities that provide high-value outcomes. Mines graduates have enjoyed a placement rate in a job and/or graduate school above 97% for many years.

Previous economic downturns have proven that STEM-related jobs remain in high demand. In 2008 and 2009, during the depth of the last recession, Mines’ placement rate held steady at 97%. Furthermore, the science, engineering, and healthcare leaders who graduate from Mines are trained problem solvers needed by the United States to deal with the current crisis and the challenges of the future.

The 2020 rankings include a long list of organizations that place South Dakota Mines among the best in the nation:

  • A degree from South Dakota Mines has a lifelong value. A study by Georgetown University examining 4,500 schools in the country puts Mines in the top 5% for ROI over a 40-year span. Mines ROI is far above any other university in the state of South Dakota. 
  • Affordable Schools ranks Mines in the top 50 best affordable degrees in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. 
  • TextbookRush ranks Mines number one in South Dakota and 29th out of 1,700 schools in the nation for best value. 
  • SmartAsset ranks South Dakota Mines number one for starting salary and best value in the state.  
  • Zippia ranks Mines the best university for veterans in South Dakota. This ranking comes alongside previous awards the university has received for serving veterans. 

These rankings join previous reports citing the university’s value. In 2019 and 2018, College Factual ranked Mines as the number one engineering school in the country for return on investment. 

Unlike some other high-value universities, South Dakota Mines gives admission to more than 80 percent of applicants. Most who meet the minimum requirements are accepted. The university also offers an array of scholarships and financial aid.

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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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,500. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.  



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