Points of Pride

Strong Outcomes - 2021-22 Graduates

Placement: 98% of graduates are placed in jobs within their career field or have been accepted to graduate school, including medical school.

Average Starting Salary:
Our starting salary information is based on actual numbers reported by graduates. This information differs from College Scorecard information because our data includes all students, not just those who received some form of federal financial aid. 

    Employers: 186 employers in 33 states

    Job Placement and ROI

    We’re serious about maximizing our students’ return on investment. In fact, for the past four years, College Factual named South Dakota Mines the best engineering school for the money out of 323 similar schools in the U.S. Our graduates work for state agencies, small businesses, and for such powerhouse companies as Google, Garmin, Barrick Gold, Microsoft, NASA, and Amazon.

    Prestigious Awards

    Fulbright Scholars (2) David LaPorte, 2016; Broc Kokesh, 2018 
    Goldwater Scholars (4) Andrew Farke, 2003; Jesse Hinricher, 2015; William Trevillyan, 2018; William Jackson “Jack” Carpenter, 2019 
    2x NCAA Google Academic All-American (1)  Justin Barkow, 2017 & 2018
    First place in Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition, Student Division (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022)
    South Dakota Mines Professor SD Entrepreneur of the Year (2018)
    *Read the article here.

    Military and Veteran Friendly

    Our nation’s veterans served our nation with honor, and we work tirelessly to honor their sacrifice. Military Friendly ranks South Dakota Mines third in the United States for veterans while College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines among the top 10% of universities in the nation for veterans. South Dakota Mines has also been ranked the best university in the state for veterans.

    Learn more about our Veterans Resource Center.

    Outstanding Alumni

    • South Dakota Mines has over 20,000 alumni
    • Nearly 200 business owners
    • Over 500 CEO's and Senior Executives 

    Notable Alumni

    University Rankings

    #1 in seven categories, including best college, best value, best professors, and best academics (Niche)
    #9 nationally and #2 in the Midwest based on recommendations from surveyed students and recent alumni (Wall Street Journal)
    Top 6% of the best small colleges in America (Niche)
    Top Regional University in South Dakota and #7 in the Midwest (US News and World Report)
    Top Colleges for 2023 (Forbes)
    #31 in the nation for return on investment (Wall Street Journal)
    #2 in the nation for service to veterans (Military Friendly)
    Top 1% for multiple engineering degrees in both regional and national rankings (College Factual)

    Read more: November 2023 rankings press release

    Top Employers of Graduates

    Raven Industries
    L-3 Communications
    South Dakota DENR
    Rockwell Collins
    Lyondell Basell

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