South Dakota School Of Mines And Technology

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.

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Contacting 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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The School of Mines Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering231biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining and mineral engineering, ...
Liberal Arts37general studies, interdisciplinary studies
Computer Science and Engineering31computer and info science, computer engineering
Science29atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, paleontology, physics

Number of programs and degrees for The School of Mines in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree25016
Master's degree7311
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship25
Associate's degree91

The School of Mines Student Body

In 2007-2008, The School of Mines had a total enrollment of 2,070 students (1,740 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 81%
Women 19%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 27%
20-21 24%
22-24 24%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota56%
North Dakota5%
(International Students)2%

The School of Mines Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 60 %

The School of Mines Room and Board (2007)

The School of Mines offers campus housing for 613 of its 1,740 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Rapid City, South Dakota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Dakota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

The School of Mines Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470630
SAT Math570680
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT15%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

The School of Mines Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,280
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,800
Room and board $ 4,770
Room charge $ 2,420
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,320
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,650

Financial Aid:
The School of Mines participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 347000)

The School of Mines Faculty

The School of Mines has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$103,4080*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$91,6821*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year41$92,5696$82,663
Associate professoracademic year21$67,4166$59,158
Assistant professoracademic year27$59,8787$58,679
Instructoracademic year6$41,7024$45,021
All faculty totalacademic year95$74,50523$62,685

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

The School of Mines Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Dakota Athletic Conference
Basketball Dakota Athletic Conference
Track Dakota Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports31316

The School of Mines Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mathematics, General

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

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