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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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About the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a 4-year public institution located in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's focused on training students for careers in science and engineering and boasts an average 97% job placement rate for graduates. The school also works with other universities to operate 13 research centers and laboratories.


With the exception of an associate degree in general studies, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology primarily awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in such areas as chemistry, geology and physics. It also offers programs in several engineering specialties, including computer, mining, electrical and mechanical engineering. Computational sciences and robotics (CSR) and computer science degrees are available as well.

Students in these programs can participate in programming and mathematics competitions. The school also hosts student chapters of such professional organizations as the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.


Prospective undergraduate students will need to submit an application along with high school transcripts showing class rank and GPA. SAT or ACT scores should also be sent to the admissions office.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology automatically accepts applicants who've earned minimum ACT math and composite scores of 25. Students with a 3.5 high school GPA and at least 4 years of advanced math coursework are also accepted. The school reviews applications from students who don't meet these criteria, but they will need minimum ACT scores of 21. A 2.75 high school GPA will also meet minimum requirements.

In the Fall of 2011, 1,030 students applied to the school, and 88% were admitted. Roughly 46% of those admitted chose to enroll.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was $129.90 per credit hour for South Dakota Residents during the 2012-2013 school year. Residents of Minnesota were charged $162.20 per credit hour, while all other non-residents paid $194.75. Additional costs per credit hour for all undergraduates included $188.90 in fees. Other lab fees depend on coursework and will vary by student. Students who opt to live on campus can expect to pay roughly $1,500 to $4,000 per semester for housing.

Financial aid is available to all students in the form of federal grants and loans. The school also offers 1-, 2- and 4-year scholarships to those who meet minimum GPA requirements and maintain full-time enrollment status. Applicants who're accepted by February 1st are automatically considered for these institutional scholarships. In 2011, 57% of first-time undergraduate students received this type of aid for an average award amount of $2,199.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 2,008 undergraduate and 303 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Residence halls and apartments house more than 650 students**
Schools and Programs 16 academic departments offering 39 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 14:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Mechanical Engineering (43)
Master's: Civil Engineering, General (16)
Doctorate: Materials Engineering (3), Engineering, Other (3)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12% in 4 years, 48% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 88% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 400 in Fall 2011*
First Year Retention Rates 79% of full-time students and 25% of part-time students*
Middle 50% SAT/ACT Scores of Accepted Students (2011) SAT: 530-670 in critical reading, 540-660 in math
ACT: 21-27 in English, 24-29 in math*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Notifications begin November 1st***
Tuition For 2012-2013: $129.90 per credit hour for South Dakota residents; $162.20 per credit hour for Minnesota residents; $194.75 per credit hour for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (31%), Pell grants (29%), other federal grants (28%), state and local government grants or scholarships (26%), institutional grants or scholarships (57%), federal student loans (69%), other student loans (5%)*
Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 93% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, ***

School Contact Information:

  • Address: 501 E. Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
  • Phone: (605) 394-2414 or (877) 877-6044
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