South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2800 students from 47 states and 46 countries. 

Rapid City is in the Rushmore Region of South Dakota.  The state's second largest city (with an urban population of 72,638 and metropolitan population of 141,431) is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few.  For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

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NOTE: The rates shown are taken from WICHE's most recent annual Tuition and Fees Report (published in December) and do not include fees. We strongly encourage you to verify these rates with the admissions office of the institution where you want to enroll.

This institution offers the WUE rate to transfer students.

The WUE tuition rate applies to the majors listed below. If the major is not listed here, it is not eligible for the WUE rate:

Program Name   Degree Type(s)    
Applied Biology Sciences   BS    
Chemical Engineering / Biochemical Engineering   BS    
Chemistry   BS    
Civil & Environmental Engineering   BS    
Computer Engineering   BS    
Computer Science   BS    
Construction Management   CERT    
Electrical Engineering   BS    
General Studies   ASSOC    
Geological Engineering/Geospatial Tech/Petroleum Systems   CERT, BS    
Geology   BS    
Global Engineering, Other   CERT    
Industrial Engineering / Six Sigma Greenbelt / Mgmt Leadership   CERT, BS    
Interdisciplinary Sciences   BS    
Mathematics   BS    
Mechanical Engineering   BS    
Metallurgical Engineering   BS    
Mining Engineering   BS    
Occupational Safety   CERT    
Paleontology   BS    
Physics   BS    
Technology Innovation   CERT    

Enrollment Information

There is not a separate WUE application; any admitted students from a qualifying WICHE state will be automatically awarded the WUE tuition rate. The WUE rate is available for new freshmen and transfer students who have not previously enrolled at Mines.

Contact Information

Admissions Office
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
(877) 877-6044