Prospective Students Visit SDSMT
For young students, it's never too early to start looking at colleges.
It's arguably one of the most important decisions a teenager will make.
A new adventure, cool experiments, and Hardrocker pride. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology hosted an open house for its prospective students. Lining the hallways were student leaders and professors from every department, showing these future students all that the School of Mines has to offer.
Molly Frankl, Director of Admissions with SDSM&T, says, "It's really hard as a high school student to know which degree you want to go into. So, this is an opportunity for them to explore all of the options."
Most students in attendance are in their junior year, so they still have time to commit to a decision. But weighing your options and getting a plan now helps tremendously down the road.
Blake O'Connell, a prospective student, says, "There's a lot of different options and a lot of different thing you can look at, and there's been – like, the presentation was good. I like a lot of different students and everything."
About 120 students attended the open house. There were more than enough chances to check out many of the experiments the School of Mines is working on. Plus, these students got to talk one-on-one with the professors, which already put them ahead of the curve against many other major institutions.
Frankl says, "The biggest advantage is the fact that it's really a family feel, a community feel, at the School of Mines. So they're going to be in classrooms of 24 or so students when they get to school here. That's our average class size. You're really getting to know your professors."
South Dakota School of Mines has alumni all across the U.S., and that helps bring in more out of state students. The School of Mines boasts a high engineering job placement rate, and the school is actively working on increasing the number of female graduates as well.
Frankl says, "One out of every seven engineers is a female, so we are trying to increase the number that we have at the School of Mines, and then, of course, out in the industry once they graduate."
If you would like to visit the campus, tours are available year round.