Analysis: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's engineering program ranks 156th best in the nation, study finds


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology finished in a tie for 156th in a ranking of best engineering programs by U.S. News that examined 199 campuses around the nation.

The Rapid City school’s full-time tuition was $325 per credit. The engineering program enrolls 171 full-time students.

U.S. News surveyed 214 graduate engineering programs and ranked 199 schools that provided the needed data in either fall 2018 or early 2019. The criteria included 10 indicators such as recruiter assessment scores, acceptance rates, student-faculty ratios, research activities and the percentage of instructors in the National Academy of Engineering.

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Top Engineering Schools in the U.S.

RankSchoolCity locationTuition (Master's)Enrollment (Full-Time)
1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA$51,520 per year (full-time)3,130
2Stanford UniversityStanford, CA $54,015 per year (full-time)3,524
3University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)2,189
4Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA $47,300 per year (full-time)3,834
5 (tie)California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CAN/A543
5 (tie)University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI$26,336 per year (in-state, full-time)3,285
7Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA$13,788 per year (in-state, full-time)4,085
8Purdue University-West LafayetteWest Lafayette, IN$10,330 per year (in-state, full-time)3,130
9University of Southern California (Viterbi)Los Angeles, CA$2,005 per credit (full-time)4,203
10University of Illinois-Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, IL$18,256 per year (in-state, full-time)3,733
11 (tie)Columbia University (Fu Foundation) New York, NY$48,432 per year (full-time)2,340
11 (tie)University of California-San Diego (Jacobs)La Jolla, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)2,815
11 (tie)University of Texas-Austin (Cockrell)Austin, TX$10,348 per year (in-state, full-time)2,011
14Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY$29,500 per year (full-time)2,185
15Texas A&M University-College Station College Station, TX$273 per credit (in-state, full-time)3,065
16University of California-Los Angeles (Samueli)Los Angeles, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)2,242
17 (tie)Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)Baltimore, MD$53,740 per year (full-time)1,858
17 (tie)Princeton University Princeton, NJN/A676
17 (tie)University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA$39,174 per year (full-time)2,029
20Northwestern University (McCormick) Evanston, IL$54,120 per year (full-time)1,791
21Harvard University Cambridge, MA$53,024 per year (full-time)559
22 (tie)University of Maryland-College Park (Clark)College Park, MD$717 per credit (in-state, full-time)1,673
22 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI$10,728 per year (in-state, full-time)1,384
24 (tie)Duke University (Pratt) Durham, NC$53,540 per year (full-time)1,324
24 (tie)North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NC$8,917 per year (in-state, full-time)2,971
24 (tie)University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA$12,570 per year (in-state, full-time)821
27 (tie)Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH$11,560 per year (in-state, full-time)1,679
27 (tie)Rice University (Brown) Houston, TX$46,600 per year (full-time)911
27 (tie)University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN$1,422 per credit (in-state, full-time)1,551
27 (tie)University of WashingtonSeattle, WA$17,772 per year (in-state, full-time)1,672
31 (tie)University of California-Davis Davis, CA$13,571 per year (in-state, full-time)1,204
31 (tie)University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO$14,940 per year (in-state, full-time)1,782
31 (tie)Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VAN/A1,776
34Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA$1,569 per credit (full-time)5,625
35Pennsylvania State University-University Park University Park, PA$22,976 per year (in-state, full-time)1,638
36 (tie)Boston UniversityBoston, MA$52,816 per year (full-time)1,158
36 (tie)University of California-Irvine (Samueli)Irvine, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)1,637
38Yale University New Haven, CT$42,100 per year (full-time)338
39Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN$35,409 per year (full-time)521
40New York University (Tandon) Brooklyn, NY$1,798 per credit (full-time)1,790
41 (tie)Iowa State UniversityAmes, IA$11,276 per year (in-state, full-time)1,521
41 (tie)Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy, NY$52,550 per year (full-time)637
41 (tie)University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA$16,798 per year (in-state, full-time)968
44Arizona State University (Fulton) Tempe, AZ$11,136 per year (in-state, full-time)2,916
45 (tie)University of Florida Gainesville, FL$12,737 per year (in-state, full-time)1,841
45 (tie)University of Rochester (Hajim) Rochester, NY$1,654 per credit (full-time)630
47 (tie)Brown University Providence, RI$7,914 per credit (full-time)503
47 (tie)University of Dayton Dayton, OH$925 per credit (full-time)603
47 (tie)University of Delaware Newark, DE$32,886 per year (in-state, full-time)831
47 (tie)University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN$52,746 per year (full-time)552
47 (tie)University of Pittsburgh (Swanson)Pittsburgh, PA$26,224 per year (in-state, full-time)782
52 (tie)Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH $45,168 per year (full-time)628
52 (tie)Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick Piscataway, NJ$17,232 per year (in-state, full-time)859
52 (tie)Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO$52,400 per year (full-time)1,043
55 (tie)Dartmouth College (Thayer) Hanover, NH$53,496 per year (full-time)300
55 (tie)Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI$842 per credit (in-state, full-time)903
55 (tie)University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT $7,912 per year (in-state, full-time)1,222
58 (tie)Colorado School of MinesGolden, CO$16,650 per year (in-state, full-time)1,094
58 (tie)University of Massachusetts-AmherstAmherst, MA$14,348 per year (in-state, full-time)1,280
58 (tie)University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Tickle) Knoxville, TN$626 per credit (in-state, full-time)851
61 (tie)Colorado State University (Scott) Fort Collins, CO$567 per credit (in-state, full-time)749
61 (tie)Lehigh University (Rossin) Bethlehem, PA $1,500 per credit (full-time)602
63University at Buffalo-SUNY Buffalo, NY$11,090 per year (in-state, full-time)1,918
64 (tie)Stony Brook University-SUNY Stony Brook, NY$11,090 per year (in-state, full-time)1,226
64 (tie)University of Arizona Tucson, AZ$11,716 per year (in-state, full-time)798
64 (tie)University of Texas-Dallas (Jonsson) Richardson, TX$13,458 per year (in-state, full-time)1,724
67 (tie)Tufts University Medford, MA$51,530 per year (full-time)609
67 (tie)University of Connecticut Storrs, CT$15,350 per year (in-state, full-time)560
69 (tie)Auburn University (Ginn)Auburn, AL$9,630 per year (in-state, full-time)573
69 (tie)Clemson University Clemson, SC$10,886 per year (in-state, full-time)1,124
69 (tie)University of Houston (Cullen) Houston, TX$9,036 per year (in-state, full-time1,021
69 (tie)University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, IL$15,928 per year (in-state, full-time)1,211
73 (tie)Oregon State UniversityCorvallis, OR $14,535 per year (in-state, full-time)985
73 (tie)University of Iowa Iowa City, IA$9,785 per year (in-state, full-time)295
75 (tie)Drexel University Philadelphia, PAN/A674
75 (tie)George Washington University Washington, DC$1,890 per credit (full-time)946
75 (tie)Rochester Institute of Technology (Gleason) Rochester, NY$45,520 per year (full-time)951
75 (tie)Stevens Institute of Technology (Schaefer)Hoboken, NJ$35,960 per year (full-time)1,320
75 (tie)Syracuse University Syracuse, NY$1,559 per credit (full-time)927
75 (tie)University of California-Riverside (Bourns) Riverside, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)743
75 (tie)University of Central Florida Orlando, FL$288 per credit (in-state, full-time)1,022
82 (tie)Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) Chicago, ILN/A1,069
82 (tie)Missouri University of Science & Technology Rolla, MO$419 per credit (in-state, full-time)885
82 (tie)University of Texas-Arlington Arlington, TX$7,938 per year (in-state, full-time)1,998
85 (tie)Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI$1,143 per credit (in-state, full-time)714
85 (tie)University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM$378 per credit (in-state, full-time)789
87 (tie)University of California-Santa Cruz (Baskin) Santa Cruz, CA$11,442 per year (in-state, full-time)555
87 (tie)Washington State University Pullman, WA$5,886 per year (in-state, full-time)577
89 (tie)New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ $20,232 per year (in-state, full-time)1,388
89 (tie)University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH$12,790 per year (in-state, full-time)736
89 (tie)University of South Florida Tampa, FL$467 per credit (in-state, full-time)1,004
89 (tie)Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA$27,234 per year (full-time)454
93 (tie)Air Force Institute of Technology Wright Patterson AFB, OHN/A554
93 (tie)Texas Tech University (Whitacre) Lubbock, TX$5,832 per year (in-state, full-time)545
95 (tie)Binghamton University-SUNY (Watson) Binghamton, NY$11,090 per year (in-state, full-time)1,004
95 (tie)Brigham Young University Provo, UT$7,290 per year (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member, full-time) $14,580 per year (Non-LDS member, full-time)422
95 (tie)Mississippi State University (Bagley)Mississippi State, MS$8,541 per credit (in-state, full-time)344
95 (tie)Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortland, ORN/A48
95 (tie)University of Kansas Lawrence, KS$8,530 per year (in-state, full-time)398
95 (tie)University of Kentucky Lexington, KY$13,052 per year (in-state, full-time)412
95 (tie)University of Miami Coral Gables, FL$2,030 per credit (full-time)204
95 (tie)University of Missouri Columbia, MO$6,617 per year (in-state, full-time)477
95 (tie)University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE$8,046 per year (in-state, full-time)539
95 (tie)University of South Carolina Columbia, SC$13,650 per year (in-state, full-time)467
95 (tie)Wichita State University Wichita, KS$5,436 per year (in-state, full-time)266
106 (tie)Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA$8,728 per year (in-state, full-time)504
106 (tie)Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK$230 per credit (in-state, full-time)397
106 (tie)Southern Methodist University (Lyle) Dallas, TX$1,200 per credit (full-time)491
106 (tie)Tulane University New Orleans, LAN/A105
106 (tie)University of Oklahoma Norman, OK$237 per credit (in-state, full-time)427
111 (tie)Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL$17,196 per credit (full-time)291
111 (tie)Florida A&M University - Florida State University Tallahassee, FL$8,569 per year (in-state, full-time506
111 (tie)George Mason University (Volgenau)Fairfax, VA$589 per credit (in-state, full-time)813
111 (tie)Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN$404 per credit (in-state, full-time)310
111 (tie)Kansas State UniversityManhattan, KS$419 per credit (in-state, full-time)302
111 (tie)University of Arkansas-FayettevilleFayetteville, AR $10,841 per year (in-state, full-time)321
111 (tie)University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyBaltimore, MD$640 per credit (in-state, full-time)618
118 (tie)Marquette University Milwaukee, WI$1,130 per credit (full-time)123
118 (tie)Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CAN/A676
118 (tie)University of Alabama-Huntsville Huntsville, AL$10,632 per year (in-state, full-time)312
118 (tie)University of Georgia Athens, GA$13,056 per year (in-state, full-time)127
118 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Francis)Lowell, MA $14,590 per year (in-state, full-time)468
118 (tie)West Virginia University (Statler) Morgantown, WV$5,058 per year (in-state, full-time)463
124 (tie)Temple University Philadelphia, PA$19,512 per year (in-state, full-time)233
124 (tie)University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL$10,780 per year (in-state, full-time)309
124 (tie)University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK$1,235 per credit (full-time)206
124 (tie)Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, VA $12,134 per year (in-state, full-time)210
128 (tie)Baylor University Waco, TX$37,752 per year (full-time)100
128 (tie)Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara, CA$1,006 per credit (full-time)555
128 (tie)University of Louisville (Speed) Louisville, KY$12,684 per year (in-state, full-time)370
128 (tie)University of Vermont Burlington, VT$664 per credit (in-state, full-time)126
128 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI $11,880 per year (in-state, full-time)332
128 (tie)Wayne State University Detroit, MI $18,315 per year (in-state, full-time)742
134 (tie)CUNY-City College (Grove)New York, NY$12,600 per year (in-state, full-time)251
134 (tie)Ohio University (Russ) Athens, OH$8,188 per year (in-state, full-time)254
134 (tie)University of Alabama-Birmingham Birmingham, AL$450 per credit (in-state, full-time)219
134 (tie)University of California-Merced Merced, CAN/A212
134 (tie)University of Denver Denver, CO$32,928 per year (full-time)233
134 (tie)University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Lee)Charlotte, NC$4,684 per year (in-state, full-time)500
134 (tie)Utah State University Logan, UT $5,810 per year (in-state, full-time)178
141 (tie)Boise State University Boise, ID$6,759 per year (in-state, full-time)178
141 (tie)Clarkson University Potsdam, NY$24,984 per year (full-time)185
141 (tie)Florida International University Miami, FL$10,944 per year (in-state, full-time)642
141 (tie)San Diego State University San Diego, CA$14,304 per year (full-time)148
141 (tie)University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV$4,950 per year (in-state, full-time)249
141 (tie)University of North Texas Denton, TX$303 per credit (in-state, full-time)364
141 (tie)University of Wyoming Laramie, WY$261 per credit (in-state, full-time)185
148 (tie)Howard University Washington, DC$31,309 per year (full-time)62
148 (tie)Montana State University Bozeman, MT$283 per credit (in-state, full-time)71
148 (tie)North Dakota State University Fargo, NDN/A229
148 (tie)University of Colorado-Denver Denver, CO$11,268 per year (in-state, full-time)289
148 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA$15,912 per year (in-state, full-time)133
148 (tie)University of Texas-San Antonio San Antonio, TX $6,605 per year (in-state, full-time)349
148 (tie)University of Toledo Toledo, OH$571 per credit (in-state, full-time)193
148 (tie)Wright State University Dayton, OH$15,498 per year (in-state, full-time)409
156 (tie)Alfred University-New York State College of Ceramics (Inamori)Alfred, NY$22,520 per year (full-time)35
156 (tie)California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA$8,232 per year (in-state, full-time)245
156 (tie)Cleveland State University (Washkewicz) Cleveland, OH$545 per credit (in-state, full-time)203
156 (tie)Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL$370 per credit (in-state, full-time)139
156 (tie)Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL$1,241 per credit (full-time)427
156 (tie)Lamar University Beaumont, TX$6,234 per year (in-state, full-time)152
156 (tie)Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI$31,276 per year (full-time)9
156 (tie)Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA$6,592 per year (in-state, full-time)218
156 (tie)New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, NM$6,727 per year (in-state, full-time)106
156 (tie)New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM$4,549 per year (in-state, full-time)286
156 (tie)North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC$4,745 per year (in-state, full-time)244
156 (tie)Oakland University Rochester, MI$738 per credit (in-state, full-time)381
156 (tie)Old Dominion University (Batten) Norfolk, VA$568 per credit (in-state, full-time)169
156 (tie)Portland State University (Maseeh) Portland, OR $467 per credit (in-state, full-time)381
156 (tie)Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX$5,284 per year (in-state, full-time)134
156 (tie)SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NYN/A51
156 (tie)Saint Louis University (Parks)St. Louis, MO$1,130 per credit (full-time)84
156 (tie)South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD $325 per credit (in-state, full-time)171
156 (tie)Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL$5,634 per year (in-state, full-time)194
156 (tie)Tennessee State University Nashville, TN$443 per credit (in-state, full-time)48
156 (tie)Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN$10,200 per year (in-state, full-time)120
156 (tie)Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Dotterweich) Kingsville, TX$3,228 per year (in-state, full-time)449
156 (tie)The Catholic University of America Washington, DC$46,180 per year (full-time)68
156 (tie)Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA $1,170 per credit (full-time)11
156 (tie)University of Alaska-Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK$10,566 per year (in-state, full-time)44
156 (tie)University of Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, AR$621 per year (in-state, full-time)120
156 (tie)University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO$724 per credit (in-state, full-time)24
156 (tie)University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI$1,607 per credit (full-time)93
156 (tie)University of Hawaii-Manoa Honolulu, HI$10,400 per year (in-state, full-time)106
156 (tie)University of Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette, LA $5,511 per year (in-state, full-time)219
156 (tie)University of Maine Orono, ME$439 per credit (in-state, full-time)139
156 (tie)University of Memphis (Herff) Memphis, TN$609 per credit (in-state, full-time)163
156 (tie)University of Michigan-Dearborn Dearborn, MI$708 per credit (in-state, full-time)344
156 (tie)University of Mississippi University, MS$8,550 per year (in-state, full-time)128
156 (tie)University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas City, MO$385 per credit (in-state, full-time)207
156 (tie)University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Hughes) Las Vegas, NV$8,834 per year (in-state, full-time)205
156 (tie)University of New Hampshire Durham, NH$15,240 per year (in-state, full-time)190
156 (tie)University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA N/A71
156 (tie)University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND $342 per credit (in-state, full-time)130
156 (tie)University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI$14,924 per year (in-state, full-time)140
156 (tie)University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD $326 per credit (in-state, full-time)14
156 (tie)University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS$4,257 per credit (in-state, full-time)71
156 (tie)University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN$8,244 per year (in-state, full-time)82
156 (tie)Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI $15,638 per year (in-state, full-time)388
Source: U.S. News

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