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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Admission Requirements

Rapid City, South Dakota

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Chances of getting into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Admission Difficulty for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is 86%.  It ranks #6 in South Dakota for lowest rate of acceptance. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 1,137 out of 1,329 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 27 percent (SAT 1155/1355 ACT 24/29). South Dakota School of Mines and Technology typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.57. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1155-1355
Applicants Submitting SAT
28%
SAT Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 565
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1155
SAT Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 665
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1355
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1155 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ranks #1 in South Dakota and #162 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1355 and Above Good >91%
1255 to 1355 Avg + 86%-91%
1155 to 1255 Avg - 78%-86%
1055 to 1155 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 1055 Low <68%
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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
82%
ACT Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

Admission data indicates that South Dakota School of Mines and Technology regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in South Dakota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 82 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >92%
26 to 29 Avg + 86%-92%
24 to 26 Avg - 80%-86%
22 to 24 Reach 72%-80%
Less than 22 Low <72%
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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.57
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology was 3.57 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in South Dakota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.57 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as South Dakota School of Mines and Technology accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

56% of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 86%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 350 974 1,329
Accepted 298 836 1,137
Acceptance Rate 85% 86% 86%
Enrolled 109 344 453
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 41% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is $20.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and what student information is used for admission decisions?

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219347 IPEDS survey data for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

FAQs

Does South Dakota School of Mines and Technology prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 82% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1155 and 1355. 28% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 29. 82% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.