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SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY - [SD MINES], RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

Rapid City, South DakotaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1885Established Year
  2778Enrollment

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
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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. 

Rankings

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ranks:

  • #19 in Top 50 Best Pre-College Summer Programs in 2018
  • #24 in the 35 Best Masters in Electrical Engineering
  • In College Choice for Best South Dakota Colleges

Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic, coed
Established Year1885
Campus SettingUrban
Number of Seats2,895
Student-Faculty Ratio14:1
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL, IELTS, PTE, GRE, GMAT, SAT
Average starting salary63,500 USD
Official websitesdsmt.edu

Programs, Campus, Residence

Programs

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.

Campus

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.

Residence

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.

Admission Process

How to apply: Online

Admission Requirement:

  • Official transcripts: High school/ college transcripts need to be mailed directly to the University 
  • ACT/SAT scores are a must. Secure a minimum an ACT composite score of 25 AND get an ACT math subscore of 25 (or SAT composite of 1200 and SAT Math subscore of 590) and minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.75 
  • Lastly, a charge of 20 USD needs to be paid 

Cost of Attendance

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.

ExpensesFees
Tuition fees15,500 USD – 315,000 USD
Housing1,907 USD – 3,141 USD
Melas528 USD – 1,990 USD
Books and Supplies2,040 USD
Other Fees3,000 USD
Room and Board8,770 USD

*the above statistical figure is calculated approximately. It may differ slightly from the actual scenario.

Financial Aids

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 NameDollar Amount (per year for four years)ACT RangeSAT Minimum
Presidential Scholar11,000 USD35-361530
Gold Scholar8,250 USD341490
Silver Scholar5,500 USD33-311390
Copper Scholar4,000 USD30-281300
Miner Scholar2,000 USD27-251200
Hardrock Scholar1,000 USD241160

But other than that, there are a number of scholarships outside this that you can opt for,

  • Go Clean Scholarship, this is a one-time scholarship given to hard and dedicated scholars with a GPA of 2.5. A total amount of 3,500 USD is granted.
  • Global Study Awards will award 2 students after checking ILET and screening in interviews. A scholarship of 12,750 USD is given that can be used in tuition fees and general living expenses.
  • Inlaks Scholarships, this is by far the most useful scholarship one can apply for. This is primarily meant for Indian students. A huge amount of 100,000 USD will be sanctioned after reviewing TOEFL, GRE and UG tests and further screening in an interview.

Alumni Network

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, 

  • James Abourezk, former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from South Dakota, and the first Arab-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. 
  • D. Sherwin Artus, Director & Former CEO, of Whiting Petroleum Corp. 
  • Richard H. Frank, President, and CEO of Darby Emerging Markets Fund. Former Managing Director at the World Bank Group. 
  • Marty Jackley, 30th Attorney General of South Dakota. 
  • Tony Jensen, President, and CEO of Royal Gold. 
  • Kurt Kost, President, Alpha Natural Resources. Past President of Society of Mining Engineers. 
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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population3360
FAFSA Code003470
Application Cost$20
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$14,569 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score125211501353 15%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing610560660-
Mathematics642590693-
ACTCheck Detailed Score272429 91%
English262229-
Mathematics272529-

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Acceptance Rate

83.4%

Acceptance Rate

1445

Total Applicants

3360

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

75.1%

Male

24.9%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program83.4%
Total Applicants3460
Total Enrolled2885
Graduate
Graduate Programs83.3%
Total Applicants570
Total Enrolled475

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Enrollment

Enrollment
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Enrollment3360
Undergraduate Enrollment2885
Graduate Enrollment475
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate46.8%

Attendance Cost

$14,569

Attendance Cost

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

Tuition 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
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
21801786394117
RANKING
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    RANKED  #409

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    RANKED  #1845

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    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    9/10

    9/10academic
    9/10infrastructure
    9/10placements
    9/10faculty
    9/10extracurricular
    9/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Satishwar agrawal, INDIA Chemical engineering
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    9
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    THE JOURNEY OF COMPLETING THE UNDER GRADUATION SUCCESSFULLY

    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.


    Course Curriculum - 

    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.

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