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Study at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, also referred to as SDSM&T or just Mines, was established in 1885. It is a public college located in Rapid City, South Dakota. The campus of the institution is spread across an area of 120 acres. SDSM&T provides degree programs in mostly technical fields. The degrees are offered in more than 15 different streams of science and engineering. Over 10 master's degree programs and several doctorate programs are also available here. The institution is organized into two colleges:

  • College of Engineering
  • The College of Science and Letters
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 's athletics department fields a number of men's and women's sports teams that compete in Dakota Athletic Conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The teams are nicknamed the Hardrockers, and they participate in sports including basketball, football, cross country, and golf.

Profile of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The campus of The School of Mines is in Rapid City, SD, which is a small city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at The School of Mines include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in engineering and computer science and engineering.

The School of Mines Selectivity

Admission at The School of Mines is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 540 and 630.


The School of Mines maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, The School of Mines had 2, 070 students enrolled (1, 769 full-time equivalent). A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life

The School of Mines offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Dakota Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is to provide a well-rounded education that prepares students for leadership roles in engineering and science; to advance the state of knowledege and application of this knowledge through research and scholarship; and to benefit the state, regions, and nation through collaborative efforts in education and economic development. "

The School of Mines Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering230mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, metallurgical engineering, geological engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, . . .
Liberal Arts28interdisciplinary studies, general studies
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science, computer engineering
Science24chemistry, atmospheric sciences, geology, physics, paleontology

Contact: The School of Mines

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 E Saint Joseph St

Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

General Phone: (605) 394-2511


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