A KOTA territory university takes on Harvard and comes out on top.
According to Business Week, graduates from the South Dakota School of Mines are earning more than Harvard grads.
The average salary for an engineering graduate is upwards of $55,000 a year, while Harvard salaries lagged slightly behind that figure.
The shortage of mining engineers has driven demand since the early 90's and graduating students often have multiple job offers.
Career counselors say the heavy emphasis placed on internships and career fairs helps Mines students stand out, and the demand and salaries continue to rise.
"Particularly mining engineering, those numbers continue to increase, they keep going up year after year. And I suspect this year's grads will get a higher starting salary than last year's grads," said Darrell Sawyer, Director of the Career development center at the School of Mines.
"Mining engineering is always going to be a needed degree. The world is always going to be growing, we're always going to be needing more raw materials to be refined and put into a usable form," said Kathleen Tew, a Mining Engineering sophomore.
Recruiters say it's not unusual to offer 85% of their interns full time positions once they graduate.
Often, companies will make job offers nine or ten months before a student graduates.
The placement rate for Mines graduates is 97%.