South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) is a public university situated in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is ranked 24th nationwide and 1st in the city and around. Though the school was founded in 1885, classes didn’t start till 1887. The university has got its current name in 1889 after South Dakota was included as a state to the United States.
The university offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for students to study in the USA.
Over its course of history, the university had many accomplishments. Starting from establishing the city’s first radio station inside the campus, exhibiting in 1904’s World’s Fair, participating in World War I, etc. But one of the biggest was when they surpassed Harvard in starting salaries for graduates.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ranks:
|Type of University||Public, coed|
|Number of Seats||2,895|
|Test Scores Accepted||TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, GRE, GMAT, SAT|
|Average starting salary||63,500 USD|
Under the category of under graduation, there are three degrees i.e. BS in Civil Engineering, BS in Chemical Engineering, BS in Mechanical Engineering while under post-graduation there are four courses listed MS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Geological Engineering.
Under UG courses there are 20 major subjects and 22 minor subjects to choose from like Physics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Business Management in Technology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.
The University allows International students to work for up to 20 hours a week and offers a year of work permit after their degrees are over.
The campus is on the eastern side of Rapid City by the foothills of Black Hills. There are two major attractions of the campus:
The APEX Gallery located in Classroom Building 211 hosts an exhibition every couple of weeks. The gallery here is no less than a museum. It has contemporary art, rock samples, work of famous scientists, etc. on display.
The Museum of Geology located in the O’Hara Building here collects, conserves, curates, interprets, and exhibits paleontologically, mineralogically and geologically significant objects. It serves as the repository for such objects from South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) currently has three residential halls that house more than 6,600 students. The four halls are Connolly Hall, Palmerton Hall, and Placer Hall and two apartments Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II apartments.
Connolly was built in the 1940s while the Palmerton in the 1960s, and lastly the Peterson Hall was constructed in 2004. Recently, few of the housing buildings were demolished to make parking spaces. Therefore, accommodation was cut down from 6,600 to 1,100.
There are also campus dining options. Students need to decide upon a meal plan each semester. While some meals are reserved for higher classmen and advance students.
How to apply: Online
Tuition fees for international students vary hugely on the degree you opt for but still on average undergraduate students need to pay 15,500 USD annually while a post-graduate need to pay 315,000 USD per annum.
While boarding and meal can range from 10,500 USD to 11,000 USD. Other costs are calculated approximately trying to be as perfect as possible.
Though it is always advisable to calculate little more to stay on a safer side in case any unaccounted events show up.
|Tuition fees||15,500 USD – 315,000 USD|
|Housing||1,907 USD – 3,141 USD|
|Melas||528 USD – 1,990 USD|
|Books and Supplies||2,040 USD|
|Other Fees||3,000 USD|
|Room and Board||8,770 USD|
*the above statistical figure is calculated approximately. It may differ slightly from the actual scenario.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology offers financial aid to students in the form of scholarships to study in the USA. There is Scholarship for freshmen students offered by the University itself , they are as follows:
|Scholarship Tier Name||Dollar Amount (per year for four years)||ACT Range||SAT Minimum|
|Presidential Scholar||11,000 USD||35-36||1530|
|Gold Scholar||8,250 USD||34||1490|
|Silver Scholar||5,500 USD||33-31||1390|
|Copper Scholar||4,000 USD||30-28||1300|
|Miner Scholar||2,000 USD||27-25||1200|
|Hardrock Scholar||1,000 USD||24||1160|
But other than that, there are a number of scholarships outside this that you can opt for,
Like every other big and reputed University, this one too has its share of a human resource to the world. Popular personalities have been a student here once. Some of them are,
|Average Cost of Attendance||$14,569 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Enrollment||3360|
|Average Graduation Rate||46.8%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$46,958 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$14,569 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$2,020 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$8,170 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$4,000 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$9,180 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$4,400 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$4,400 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$4,400 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#409 [Out of 650]
#1845 [Out of 2000]
66.4 [Out of 100]
based on 1 student ratings
Finding the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology gave me the motivation to complete my studies from here. I can't wait to complete my course from here and return back to my home country to explore different job opportunities there. After studying here, I will certainly be able to achieve my personal and career goals. I applied for this course with the help of an online application.
I am studying 130 credits to successfully complete the course. My Chemical Engineering curriculum includes engineering courses in thermodynamics, heat and mass transport, fluid dynamics, chemical reaction kinetics, and reactor design, molecular separations, and in other various subjects.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary