It’s hard to believe that we just passed mid-terms and the semester is already half over.
It’s been a great start.
The enrollment at the
has been steadily increasing as the reputation of the University continues to
grow. This year, we grew by 6% and have just under 2,800 students.
The region needs more well prepared engineers and scientists and we are doing
our part to help meet that need. School of Mines
Undergraduate and graduate student groups are both increasing. The freshmen class includes 591 first-time, full-time bachelor-degree seeking students, a 9.2 percent growth compared to one year ago. Graduate student enrollment increased 4.8 percent compared to last year. Mines has twice as many PhD students as we had a decade ago.
This year’s students come from 45 states, and 39 foreign countries. We have 150 veterans on campus and were just named one of the best schools for veterans again this year. We are also, for the 17th year in a row, one of the 100 Best College Buys in
While Mines is growing, the quality of the students coming to the university is staying high. The average high school GPA for first-time freshmen was 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
With a growing student body, we are able to start some new programs and expand the variety of things for students on campus.
We now offer a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and this is the second year for our PhD in Physics and our Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology.
The new Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) program is by far the fastest-growing major. Within four years, we expect that Applied Biological Sciences will be one of the five largest majors at Mines. We expect our graduates will fill a need in the health professions, as well as the growing bio-tech industry in
. The Applied Biological Sciences program
allows students to specialize in one of three areas: biomedical engineering,
pre-health professions, and molecular biology/genetics. Mines is the only
school in South
that offers an undergraduate degree related to Biomedical Engineering. South Dakota
This growth will also affect our facilities. Thanks to the leadership of students and the support of alumni, the
will open in April. The Wellness Center Loop
Road will be finished at the end of October (with
75 more parking spaces). This summer we had 60 smaller infrastructure
projects going on throughout the campus. And, we will go to the
legislature in January to ask them to approve funds to finish the upgrade of
the remainder of the old chemistry building.
There are a lot of things I like at Mines, but, for me, the greatest joy is the students. I have enjoyed getting to know you. Thanks for making it a great start to the year!