Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a leading institution in the science and engineering fields with a focus on energy and the environment. Students have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research, develop leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom, and explore their interests through a variety of social and professional experiences.
“Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni, and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy, and the environment.”
Established in 1874, Colorado School of Mines offers nearly 70 degree programs and additional minors, all of which adhere to the institution’s mission, vision, and values.
Mission: Education and research in engineering and science to solve the world’s challenges related to the Earth, energy, and the environment.
Vision: Mines will be the premier institution, based on the impact of its graduates and research programs, in engineering and science relating to the earth, energy, and the environment.
Values: A student-centered institution focused on education that promotes collaboration, integrity, perseverance, creativity, lifelong learning, and a responsibility for developing a better world.
Get to know Colorado School of Mines
MINES INNOVATION WEEK
Mines Innovation Week is a week-long celebration that showcases students’ innovative projects, challenges, and research. The 2018 Mines Innovation Week included the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences’ Capstone Design Showcase, the first Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Expo, the Thorson First-Year Honors IDEAS Course Expo, the Computing Innovation Fair, and the Newmont Innovation Challenge Finals.
MINES WITHOUT BORDERS
Mines Without Borders (MWB) strives to improve the quality of life in marginalized communities by engaging students in sustainable projects. Students have practiced humanitarian engineering through such sustainability-promoting projects as designing a well-water distribution system in Los Gomez, Nicaragua, and implementing a foot bridge in San Juan, Nicaragua, to protect the town from floods during the rainy season.
ETHICS ACROSS CAMPUS
Ethics Across Campus (EAC) encompasses education, research, lectures, and measurable impact outside of campus and in the global community.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
COMBINED BACHELOR’S/MASTER’S PROGRAM
Mines offers a number of programs that integrate the requirements needed for a bachelor’s degree with the requirements needed for a graduate certificate, professional master’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree. These accelerated programs prepare students to enter the industry with a heightened sense of knowledge and skills in their field while also providing efficient paths to complete a graduate degree.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue a minor in such areas as Aerospace Studies, Biomechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Energy, Leadership in Social Responsibility, and more. The benefits of a minor are plentiful, whether a student wants to stand out in the job market or prepare for graduate study.
RESEARCH AT MINES
There are many opportunities to explore research through Mines’ world-class facilities, faculty, and partnerships with national laboratories and international institutions. Students have the option to conduct research at one of Mines’ departmental or institutional centers, the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development, and more.
Mines is home to over 200 registered student organizations as well as Student Government (USG), the Mines Activities Council (MAC), and 11 Greek Chapters (7 fraternities and 4 sororities).
ARTS ON CAMPUS
Students can explore refreshing and diverse activities in the fine arts through student-led organizations, including the Ballroom Dance Club, Creative Arts Club, Mines Creative Writing Club, Filmmakers At Mines, High Grade Journal of the Arts, Improv Club, Mines Little Theatre, and the Mines Photography Club.
MINES ACTIVITIES COUNCIL
The Mines Activities Council (MAC) supports the institution’s “Engineering Entertainment.” The council organizes a slew of popular events, including Oktoberfest, movie nights, tailgates, and block parties. It also play a significant part in running such traditions as Homecoming and E-Days.
Students celebrate three Engineering Days (E-Days) every spring semester to foster school spirit in the Mines community. These days are packed with field day activities, games, a concert, and a fireworks display to close off the weekend.
Mines is located in the city of Golden, CO, only 13 miles west of Denver. Originally founded as a gold rush town in 1859, Golden offers plenty of opportunities to explore historical and cultural activities. Golden’s small-town feel allows students to immerse themselves in the city they call home, with the option to travel to the metropolitan of Denver as a weekend getaway. The nearby mountains and terrain serve as an exciting incentive to maintain an active lifestyle through hiking, kayaking, tubing, snowboarding, and more.
Colorado School of Mines competes in the NCAA Division II as well as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Its 16 teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling.
CAREER SERVICES AT MINES
Colorado School of Mines’ comprehensive career services provide students with such resources as DiggerNet, a proactive, online job recruiting system; career path exploration; professional development workshops; info sessions; and a career day every September and February.
“Colorado School of Mines has consistently been a source of high-quality engineering graduates, keen to continue their professional development in industry.” – Merrick & Company
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation was established to help catalyze students’ entrepreneurial and innovative potential. Students utilize resources already on campus to pursue ventures in business, engineering, and philanthropy. Some of these initiatives include student-founded startups, including AirBespoke, Airband, Belong Designs, Polynew, Foro Energy, and Cobio. Other projects include the Mines Tiny House and the Solar Decathlon team.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES, INVOLVEMENT, AND LEADERSHIP
Students at Mines develop their leadership skills, self-awareness, and engagement on campus through invaluable opportunities and experiences cultivated by Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL). Students are empowered to collaborate with others by participating in student organizations, Greek Life, civic engagement, and leadership programs. Some of the initiatives provided by SAIL include a leadership workshop series, leadership summit, and the option to enroll in a general elective leadership class.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 640 | 75th Percentile: 710
25th Percentile: 670 | 75th Percentile: 740
25th Percentile: 28 | 75th Percentile: 32
25th Percentile: 28 | 75th Percentile: 33
25th Percentile: 27 | 75th Percentile: 33
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $16,170
Tuition (out-of-state): $35,220