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Release Date Wednesday, June 9, 2021

South Dakota Mines Job Placement Rate Remains High

Mines physics major Serenity Engel is on an internship at the Sanford Underground Research Facility this summer. Mines students, who completed at least one internship during their college career earned a 100% job placement rate in their field of study in 2019-2020.

South Dakota Mines 2019-2020 graduates are enjoying a 97% placement rate in their field of study or in graduate school. This is up from numbers reported in 2020. This cohort is also receiving an average starting salary of $66,156. The high placement rate and starting salary speaks to South Dakota Mines’ excellent return on investment. The earnings of graduates in science and engineering fields outpace other professions, and the cost of attending South Dakota Mines is lower than many schools across the country.

An increasing number of Mines students are staying in the state after they graduate, 36% of the 2019-2020 graduates are remaining in South Dakota to enter the workforce or to complete graduate school. This crop of graduates went to work for 50 different South Dakota based companies. These high-earning graduates play a vital role in the continuing economic growth of South Dakota’s high-tech sector. In the last five years, 351 graduates have accepted jobs with 172 employers in 37 South Dakota communities. Overall Mines’ 2019-2020 graduates went to work for 177 different employers in 35 different states and Japan.

“This data highlights the important role our students play in building the tech-sector economy in South Dakota,” says South Dakota Mines president Jim Rankin. “Our country needs scientists and engineers more than ever. Mines graduates lead the way in creating new technologies that offer solutions to our toughest challenges.”

Real-world experience is one advantage many South Dakota Mines graduates bring to their first job. Seventy-seven percent of students graduated with a paid internship or research experience with companies such as Microsoft, Garmin, Kiewit, Cargill, Black Hills Energy and many other companies and governmental agencies. Mines students who completed at least one internship during their time as students enjoyed a 100% placement rate and an above average starting salary of $68,533.

These numbers show the value of an education at South Dakota Mines. In its 2021 rankings, the organization College Factual names South Dakota Mines as the best engineering school for the money out of 319 similar institutions across the United States. The university routinely receives top rankings in the state and nation from multiple college ranking organizations.



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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