South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: Narrative Description

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501 East Saint Joseph
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Tel: (605)394-2511
Free: 800-544-8162
Admissions: (605)394-2414
Fax: (605)394-2914
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of South Dakota State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 120-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $25.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $6.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4749 per student. Total enrollment: 2,353. Faculty: 137 (104 full-time, 33 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 731 applied, 96% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 1,589 students, 26% women, 74% men. Part-time: 453 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 8 other countries, 29% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 16% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; interdisciplinary studies; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.6 high school GPA. Placement: ACT, required for some. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2223 full-time, $74.10 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7080 full-time, $236 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2311 full-time, $82.20 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3684. College room only: $1661. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: TONITE (Techs Outrageous New Initiative for Total Entertainment), SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Ski Club. Major annual events: Homecoming/M Week, Engineers' Week, Fall Career Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 571 college housing spaces available; 564 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Devereaux Library with 273,243 books, 65,261 microform titles, 3,088 serials, 1,827 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $730,493. 210 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Rapid City, founded in 1876, two years after gold was discovered in the Black Hills, is now a trading center and tourist headquarters of the Black Hills area. All commercial transportation is available. Community facilities include many churches, museums, hospitals, a library, radio stations, three TV stations, and a number of the major civic and service organizations.

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