The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has established the Hardrocker Heritage Award to offer in-state tuition and fees to highly qualified, first-time, full-time nonresident freshmen who have at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from SD Mines. It is designed to attract exceptional students to South Dakota in areas of critical need, this award recognizes that children of alumni have a stronger connection to the region and are a priority for the state to support.
With a 98 percent placement rate and average early-career salaries of $65,500, SD Mines is already a valuable investment for out-of-state students. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the University topped the list of "Best Public Universities for Returns on Investment" and has been ranked one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for 17 consecutive years.
Now, with the Hardrocker Heritage Award, equivalent to approximately $3,000 a year for the average student in 2014-15, nonresident students with a connection to South Dakota have even greater incentive to attend the university.