Through STEM academics, hands-on learning, personal attention, and paid internships we provide an exceptional engineering and science education at a price families can afford.


STEM Academics

SD Mines offers degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  These aren’t easy degrees, but our students are bright and want to prepare to tackle twenty-first century challenges.
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Personal Attention

We give students the personal attention needed to succeed.  An average class size is 23 students.  And, we don’t let graduate students teach; professors teach.  This focus on excellence in face-to-face undergraduate education is increasingly rare in American universities and is one of the things that makes Mines different. 
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Great Value

SD Mines has been named one of the best values in higher education for 18 years straight.  For our recent graduating class, 97% went to graduate school or got jobs at an average starting salary of $61,346 a year with companies like Google, Microsoft, Garmin, Medtronic, NASA, Cargill, and more. 
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Our internship program is a hallmark of the Mines experience, with 77% of students earning at least one paid internship before they graduate, giving their career a competitive edge. Last summer alone, students earned internships with over 250 different employers like Microsoft, NASA, Ford, 3M, and ExxonMobil in 44 states at about $18 an hour - or participated in paid research positions before graduation, like the world's flagship neutrino project a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
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Rushmore Region

Located on a 118-acre campus just 30 minutes from Mt. Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, we enjoy the climate of Colorado Springs with an outdoor playground at our doorstep for hiking, biking, skiing, or rock-climbing, when we're not enjoying the restaurants and tourist town vibe of Rapid City. With over 100 clubs and organizations and 13 intercollegiate Division II NCAA athletic teams, there is something for everyone at Mines. Just a six-hour drive from Denver and with direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, it's closer than you think.   
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