South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) is committed to excellence in science and engineering academics and research, and to developing the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers.  The university offers a wide array of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.



Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, mining, today the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has evolved into one of the leading science and engineering universities in the region. 


While all undergraduate students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology major in one of 16 engineering and science disciplines, they must also take courses in our core curriculum so that they write and communicate effectively and understand the human experience and the world around them through the study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Research at Mines happens every day of the year, involves faculty and students at every academic level, and frequently includes collaboration across the state, the nation and the globe.


98% of all 2013-14 SD Mines graduates are working in their career field or pursuing advanced degrees, with an average starting salary of $65,600 per the annual Payscale College Salary Report. 


Student services

The Career and Professional Development Center at the School of Mines works with students, employers and the community to ensure Mines students graduate ready for a rewarding career. Mines students are highly sought after due to their professional development and strong academics.

Housing services

Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment that encourages learning and personal growth in an inclusive community that empowers and challenges our residents. 

ICT services

The mission is to provide proactive, responsive, people-oriented technology, training, and support in the areas of computing, instructional multimedia, and networking. In partnership with faculty members and the Technology Fellows program, ITS pioneers new learning technologies to provide quality educational experiences outside the traditional classroom.

Medical services


  • Clinic Services
  • Immunizations
  • Alcohol Education Information  
  • Counseling and  Disability Services 

Student Life

Campus life

Stroll through our vibrant quad, situated in the heart of campus, and discover natural beauty surrounded by intellectual vitality. A mosaic of discovery and invention, innovation and impact, a stunning backdrop for quality education and exceptional results.

Sports facilities

Intramural sports registration occurs through team registration. If you don’t have a team, don’t worry; there is still an opportunity to play. Simply go to the Hardrocker IMLeagues page. There you will be able to go a certain sport and division and sign up as a free agent. The intramural sports department doesn’t create teams, but our teams are constantly looking for additional players.

Student clubs

One of the great ways to get involved at Mines is to join one of our many student organizations. You may also search specific organization categories:

  • Academic/Professional
  • Athletic
  • CAMP
  • Club Sports
  • Community Service
  • Greek
  • Honor Societies
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Military Science
  • Multicultural
  • Religious
  • Residence Life
  • Special Interests
  • Student Government
  • Student Media


The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The HLC is the recognized accrediting agency for the north central states.

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