Information for applying as a New Freshman

 

 

Decision Calendar
March 2, 2016
Admissions has moved to a wait list

The application is still open and admissible applicants will be placed on the wait list.

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FRESHMAN ADMISSIONS AT A GLANCE

HIGH SCHOOL RIGOR

4 Years of English
4 Years of college prep/advanced mathematics (including trig)
3 Years of history or social studies
3 Years of lab science (one year must be chemistry or physics)
2 Years of academic electives
1 Year of foreign language
AP/IB TRANSFER INFORMATION

ADMITTED FRESHMAN PROFILE

SAT Comp (CR+M): 1290-1450

ACT Comp: 29-33

GPA: 3.74-4.00

2015 ADMISSION FACTS

About 12,500 applicants

About 4,600 students accepted

About 1,010 freshmen enrolled


FAQ


What is needed to complete my application as a prospective freshman?

How do I submit my ACT or SAT scores?

How do I submit my high school transcript?

Does Mines accept the Common Application?

How much does it cost to apply?

Does Mines review applications on a rolling basis?

Are letters of recommendation required to be submitted along with my application?

Does the Admissions Office conduct interviews?

Should I take the ACT or SAT exam more than once?

Does Mines “super score” my exams?

The Mines website says that it does not require the ACT writing portion for the application.  Does it look better if I do take the writing portion?

What is the status of my application and how can I tell if it is complete?

How do I change the information on my application?

When will I receive a decision on my application?

How will I receive a decision on my application?

Does Mines have an early decision application that is binding?

When I submitted the application it reformatted my Activities, Awards, or Honors and/or Personal Statement.  Should I be concerned?

I am home-schooled.  How will I be reviewed?


FAQ - Answers


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What is needed to complete my application as a prospective freshman?

  • To complete your admission application, we must receive your electronically submitted admission application, your current high school transcript, and at least one exam score – either ACT and/or SAT. Take these steps: 
    • fill out the online application completely and submit it
    • ask your high school counselor to submit an official copy of your current high school transcript, and if your high school has a ‘high school profile’ your counselor should send a copy of it
    • ensure your ACT and/or SAT scores are sent directly to Mines from the appropriate testing agency

How do I submit my ACT or SAT scores?

  • The most convenient and effective way for your ACT and/or SAT scores to be received by Colorado School of Mines is to indicate that you want your scores sent electronically to us on the day you take the test.  If you did not request your scores to be sent to Mines when you registered for the exam, you will need to request an electronic score report directly from either ACT and/or SAT. For the ACT, our code is 0500; for the SAT, our code is 4073.
  • Test scores on transcripts cannot be accepted. 

How do I submit my high school transcript?

  • After submitting your application online, you will have access to print or save the pdf of your application. Take the one-page Official Document Request included in the pdf packet to your high school counselor.
  • Your counselor will follow the instructions on the Official Document Request to send your transcript and high school profile to Mines. Sending these documents electronically is the fastest method. We ask that your transcript and high school profile only be sent once – either electronically or by one of the methods below. Sending duplicates will slow the processing of your application.
    • Transcripts, and other documents from your high school may be sent directly to Colorado School of Mines via the following methods:
      • Electronically through SENDedu by having your counselor follow the instructions on your personalized ‘Official Document Request’ form included in your completed application packet that you printed or saved after submitting your application online. SENDedu is a free, secure electronic document transfer service designed specifically for high school counselors who prefer to submit their students’ records online, or
      • By the electronic document service of your school’s choice, such as Docufide or Naviance, or
      • By FAX: 303-273-3509, or         
      • By email: admit@mines.edu, or
      • By postal mail: CSM Admissions Office, 1812 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401
      • (Please note, the Admissions Office is moving from 1600 Maple Street to 1812 Illinois Street in Fall 2015 – if using postal mail, either of these street addresses will get your documents to us.)

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Does Mines accept the Common Application?

  • Mines does not use the Common Application.  We encourage high school students to use our online admission application. Use the freshman link at the top of this webpage, or use the link in the invitation sent to you as a prospective student in our database.

How much does it cost to apply?

  • We will waive the $45 application fee if you use our online Freshman application or the Freshman Golden Admission application.

Does Mines review applications on a rolling basis?

  • Yes, we have rolling admissions at Mines.  The sooner we receive your completed application, the better.  We have a priority deadline of November 15th, so do your best to complete your application by this date. If your application becomes complete after this date, we will review it with the same care as applications completed prior to November 15th, but the decision timeline will be extended. See the decision timeline at the top of this webpage.

Are letters of recommendation required to be submitted along with my application?

  • No, your academic preparedness and strengths are all the recommendation we need!  However, we will gladly accept letters and review them. These can be sent via the same method as your high school transcript. Please make sure your full name and birthdate are included so that we can get these matched to your application record.

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Does the Admissions Office conduct interviews?

Should I take the ACT or SAT exam more than once?

  • When you apply to Mines, you automatically apply for our Merit Scholarship.  Merit scholarships are determined by a combination of your unweighted GPA (4.00 scale) and your highest composite test score submitted and received in the Admissions Office before February 1st of your senior year.   So yes, it is in your best interest to retake the exam(s) if you believe you could score higher.  

Does Mines “super score” my exams?

  • No, we do not combine different test sections to produce a ‘super-score’.  We use the highest composite score reported from either ACT and/or SAT.

The Mines website says that it does not require the ACT writing portion for the application.  Does it look better if I do take the writing portion?

  • The writing portion of the ACT is optional, but we will take notice of your writing skills if you choose to take it.

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What is the status of my application and how can I tell if it is complete?

  • Follow the steps noted above to complete your application. Remember, it takes time to have the various documents arrive and be processed at the Admissions Office. If you have taken all of the necessary steps to complete your application, and you are curious about the status of your application, please contact the Admissions Office at 303-273-3220, and we will update you. 

How do I change the information on my application?

  • If you would like to add or edit anything on your application, simply send an email to admit@mines.edu and state what information you would like to change.  Make sure to include your full name and birthdate in the email.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

  • This depends on when you complete your application. We must have all required documents on file before we can review your application for admission. Please see the timeline at the top of this webpage. 

How will I receive a decision on my application?

  • Decisions are always postal mailed to the address indicated on your application.
  • We may also use email to alert you if additional information is needed, or if there is an update on your application. Please be sure to watch your student email address that you used when you applied.

Does Mines have an early decision that is binding?

  • No, Mines does not have an early decision application.  Mines uses the priority timeline above and all decisions are non-binding.  Accepted students have until May 1st to confirm enrollment.

When I submitted the application it reformatted my Activities, Awards, or Honors and/or Personal Statement.  Should I be concerned?

  • No, it will not affect your admissions review.  We understand that formatting is removed to compress the file and we will decipher the information.

I am home-schooled.  How will I be reviewed?

  • If you are home-schooled we will work with you to fairly evaluate your file and will rely more on your ACT/SAT test scores.

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