Student Success Center

There are no easy degrees at South Dakota Mines. We expect hard work and lots of studying, but you are not alone. We want you to succeed. This is why we’ve added the Student Success Center as the hub of support you need to be successful academically and socially.

Smart students ask questions. The Student Success Center (SSC) is where you can come to ask questions and get the help you need to figure out the answers.

Located in the Surbeck Center, this is a one-stop shop that helps augment a student’s academic advisor. The SSC is a place students can go to study, get free tutoring from upper-class and graduate students, meet with the Student Success or Pre-Health Advisor, and attend workshops on time management, learning strategies, and more.


Tutoring/Academic Support

Find tutoring resources and many other academic assistance options at South Dakota Mines.
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Pre-Health Pathways  

Pre-Health Pathways

A career-track supplemental program for students interested in healthcare careers.
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Women in Science and Engineering  


Academic support, mentoring, socializing and outreach - for women students at South Dakota Mines.
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Organized under the Student Success Center (SSC) are: the SSC Director, SSC Advisor, Pre-Health Advisor, the Tech Learning Center (TLC), and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program. Learn more about our Success Center staff.

The Center also partners with academic departments, the MathSpark program, peer mentors, and early-alert efforts, as well as thriving student-support programs that include:

There is no additional cost for these services, so please stop in. Lots of students come here both for the tutoring and for a little moral support. We are here to help you get the most from your South Dakota Mines experience: an experience that will empower the rest of your life both personally and professionally.

Our Space

The Student Success Center opened in the fall of 2016, and is located in Surbeck right by the Dean of Students Office and Career Services. It's designed to be comfortable, creative, inspiring and helpful. Stop by and visit and learn about all the resources available to you at South Dakota Mines.




Lisa Carlson
Student Success Center Director
(605) 394-5261

Susan Satter
Testing and Success Advisor 
(605) 394-2428