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About South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was founded in 1885 and now enrolls around 2,859 students a year, including 2,485 undergrads.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers housing for up to 1,079 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 80% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's endowment was $53.685 million For each full-time student, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology spends about $4,390.

2021 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 84%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 27
In-State Tuition $12,110
Out-of-State $16,530

2022 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Regular Decision Application Deadline

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Early Admission

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology does not offer early decision or early action.

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The acceptance rate at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 84%. Out of 1,368 applications received in 2021, 1,156 students were offered admission.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Waitlist

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, applicants must submit the following items.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Other Requirements Proof of College Algebra-readiness
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT score for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students is 27.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Does South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Require Test Scores?

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 11% submitted the SAT. 93% submitted the ACT.


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Dorms at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Yes! South Dakota School of Mines and Technology provides on-campus housing for up to 1,079 students.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students are active in the school's eSports 144, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and Skid Snowboard Club 115. Homecoming/M Week, Engineers' Week, and and Fall Career Fair are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Financial Aid at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology meets 71% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,379 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

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

About 78% of students who start at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology come back the next year.

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 76% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $63,759 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $32,995 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does South Dakota School of Mines and Technology sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology a good school for you?

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Where is South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is located in the suburban setting of Rapid City, South Dakota.

If you want to see South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Rapid City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Rapid City Regional.

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College Info

501 East Saint Joseph Street Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

Campus Setting: Suburban

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ACT Scores

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ACT Range

24 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 27. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology SAT Scores

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$22,310

In State

$26,730

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$12,110
$16,530
Fees
Unknown
Unknown
Housing
$8,140
$8,140
Books
$2,060
$2,060

Student Life

Wondering what life at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is like? There are approximately 2,859 students enrolled at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, including 2,485 undergraduate students and 374 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 47% percent are from SD and 53% percent of students are from other states.

81%

Full Time

19%

Part Time

47%

In State

53%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,859

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,110

Out-of-State

$16,530

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 15
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