Welcome to the Alumni Association webpage

The SDSM&T Alumni Association promotes communication and interaction among alumni, students, faculty and administrators of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the objective of strengthening the school's academic, research, and service roles. The Alumni Association also maintains an alumni network and support services for SDSM&T graduates and friends throughout the world.

The Alumni Office is located in the Surbeck Center on campus If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us.

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Watch short Alumni videos by clicking on the images above. 

Three Reasons to Give

Our organization relies on your time, talents, and financial support to carry out our purpose and mission.  Here are three projects that need your help today.

  • Area Meetings and events
  • 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions
  • Alumni Networking

2015 All School Reunion Registration:  https://interact.sdsmt.edu/alumni/reunion/registration.htm



In Memory of Dr. Howard C. Peterson (1928-2014)

SDSM&T family mourns loss of beloved Howard “Dean Pete” Peterson (GeolE50). 

Mentor,  advocate, alumnus, icon – These  words only begin to describe the man who touched the lives of countless SDSM&T students, faculty, staff,  friends, and most certainly, alumni.  Dr. Howard “Dean Pete” Peterson (GeolE50) served as Dean of Students for 23  years.  However, his legacy at SDSM&T spanned more than five decades.  Howard referred to himself as a ‘true freshman’  n 1946, enrolling upon graduation from Alpena High School; and he often referred to the early days as a student when  walking with alumni.  Dean Pete shared many stories over the years, always with a special word of appreciation, pride, and  joy for the students, alumni, and friends that made-up his special memories.  Howard was also a ‘walking Alumni Directory’ and was uncanny with his recall of students and their families before, during, and after their time at Mines.  His service  truly was a lifetime dedicated to everything related to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, culminated by  earning Professor Emeritus status in Social Sciences SDSM&T.  For any alumni and friends that wish to send stories or  notes of remembrance, please feel free to use alumni@sdsmt.edu and we will be certain they are shared with the family.  The http://www.osheimschmidt.com/ website also has a ‘Guestbook’ available for those that wish to share a note with the family their too.  We will miss you, Dean Pete!



Best College Buy 17th Year               

 RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 7, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the 17th consecutive year. This year’s list is the 19th published by Institutional Research & Evaluation, an independent research and consulting organization that specializes in the recruiting and retention of students. Each year the organization identifies the 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost.

According to the survey, the annual cost for in-state students is $14,605. The annual cost for out-of-state students at SD Mines is $18,125, the second best in the nation among schools surveyed. The average high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.51 and the average ACT score of 26 for entering freshman at SD Mines exceed the corresponding national averages of 3.32 and 23.

“At a time when families are wondering whether a college education is worth it, we are providing an exceptional engineering and science education at a price families can afford,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. “Mines is a model for the nation of how to keep a great college education affordable.”  

To be considered for the “America’s 100 Best College Buys” designation, institutions must offer four-year undergraduate degree programs and full residential facilities, have an entering freshman class with an average high school GPA or college entrance exam score equal to or above the national average and an out-of-state cost of attendance not exceeding the national average by more than 10 percent. This year, 1,143 accredited U.S. colleges and universities participated in the survey.

SD Mines is the only institution in the state of South Dakota listed in “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and graduates are showing the value of a Mines education. The university’s placement rate is 98 percent, with an average early-career salary for graduates of $65,600, according to the 2014-2015 PayScale report.


Event Calendar Highlights

  • “Save the Dates” and watch for more details in the weeks to come:

      • Rapid City, SD – July 8-12, 2015 – 2015 SDSM&T (5-Year) All School Reunion!
      • Rapid City, SD  - May 7-9, 2015 - 50 Year Reunion for graduates of 1965!
      • Rapid City, SD - Thursday November 6 - 1960's Decade Mixer

For questions or to RSVP to any of these events email us at alumni@sdsmt.edu



   SDSM&T All School Reunion    

July 8-12,2015! We invite you to the 2015 All-School Reunion.  Come back, explore campus, see old friends, join in on the planned activities, and have some FUN!  You can follow along with all of the reunion preparations by liking SDSM&T Alumni Association on Facebook.  We can't wait to see you! Register now:  https://interact.sdsmt.edu/alumni/reunion/registration.htm