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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was awarded 42 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is engineering.

Overall Quality

SD Mines landed the #435 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

SD Mines is also ranked #2 out of 11 schools in South Dakota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SD Mines?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 83%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that SD Mines is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to SD Mines submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 590 and 693.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology  ( 560 to 660 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology  ( 590 to 693 )
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800
SD Mines received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology  ( 24 to 29 )
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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100
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100

Retention and Graduation Rates at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Freshmen Retention Rate

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100
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100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at SD Mines is 17%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  17 out of 100
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100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at SD Mines

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,421 undergraduates at SD Mines with 1,997 being full-time and 424 being part-time.

SD Mines Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for SD Mines is 38.63 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  38.63 out of 100
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How Much Does South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Cost?

The overall average net price of SD Mines is $19,078. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SD Mines

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,252 $15,388 $19,266 $20,626 $20,377

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SD Mines, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SD Mines, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,770 a year. That adds up to $27,080 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SD Mines is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SD Mines Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SD Mines make around $56,500 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for SD Mines students since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a public institution located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Contact details for SD Mines are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: 605-394-2511
Website: www.sdsmt.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdsmt

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 28 majors graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Of these students, 467 received undergraduate degrees and 131 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 87 $65,900
Civil Engineering 64 $58,700
Computer Information Systems 47 NA
Industrial Engineering 41 NA
Metallurgical Engineering 40 NA
Chemical Engineering 39 NA
Electrical Engineering 28 NA
Mining Engineering 23 NA
Geological & Earth Sciences 20 NA
Computer Engineering 15 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SD Mines

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 136 students took at least one online class at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. This is a decrease from the 138 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 136 64
2016-2017 138 85
2015-2016 275 82
2014-2015 279 0
2013-2014 136 57

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