South Dakota School of Mines News
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October 7, 2005
Contact: Breanna Bishop, Information Specialist, (605) 394-2693
School of Mines Named One Of
“America’s 100 Best College Buys”
The School of Mines has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys
for the eighth consecutive year. The School of Mines is one of only two colleges
or universities in South Dakota to make the list.
School of Mines 2004-2005 graduates averaged starting salaries of
approximately $48,000. More than 86 percent are working in their career fields or
are pursuing graduate or professional degrees.
The survey reported average costs of attendance, including tuition, fees, room
and board. The survey found that the average 2005-2006 cost of attendance
based on the regular cost at a private institution and the out-of-state cost at a
public institution is $23,830. School of Mines costs are $10,265 for South Dakota
residents and $15,252 for out-of-state residents.
This year’s America’s 100 Best College Buys is the 10th list published by
Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., a research and consulting organization
that specializes in the recruiting and retention of students for universities. Each
year, the organization identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the United
States that provide students the highest quality education at the lowest cost. The
organization sends surveys to each institution that meets its criteria and makes
selections for the list. This year, 1,044 universities responded to the survey.
Survey results showed that the average national ACT score for entering college
freshmen was 23, the SAT average was 1090, and the average high school
grade point average was 3.23. Entering freshman at the School of Mines earned
an average ACT average score of 24, SAT average of 1139 and a GPA average
The School of Mines, located in Rapid City, S.D., offers an associate’s degree;
16 undergraduate programs in engineering, science and interdisciplinary science;
10 master’s degree programs; and four Ph.D. programs.
All of the School of Mines programs emphasize advanced science and math, and
all combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory work. In addition, 76
percent of School of Mines graduates have relevant work experience through co-ops
A university or college must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
• Be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees.
• Offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services.
• Have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2004 with a high school
grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national
average for entering college freshmen.
• Have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2005-2006 for three-quarters or
two semesters below the national average cost of attendance or not
exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent.
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