Applications to Mines soar; Enrollment numbers are up for both undergrads and grads
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 20, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines welcomes its largest ever freshman class and also reports its largest ever increase in graduate student enrollment for the 2009-10 academic year.
Undergraduate applications are up 9 percent from 2008. Mines is enrolling 885 freshmen, making it the largest new student class in the school’s history. Incoming freshmen have an average ACT score of 28 with the majority ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.
“Our first-year students seem to be altruistic and want to make a difference in the world; they see the broader offerings at Mines and often reference interest in the environmental, bio-engineering and life sciences, humanitarian and new energy programs. Their parents recognize our ability as a smaller, more intimate environment to nurture and guide their student at a more personal level,” said Heather Boyd, director of enrollment management.
The Class of 2013 is comprised of 25 percent women, 13.5 percent minorities and six percent are international students hailing from 18 countries including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, China and Kazakhstan. Thirty-three percent of the class is from out of state.
The number of undergraduate transfer students also is breaking records this academic year with an increase of 76 percent. Boyd attributes this trend to increased student interest in traditional and new energy industries and Mines’ role in energy-related education.
Mines graduate school applications are up 41 percent from 2008 – including a 61 percent increase in PhD programs alone.
The graduate school anticipates enrolling 375 new students for fall 2009 making the total graduate school enrollment 1,150 students — up 18 percent. The average GRE score for an accepted PhD student has risen to 752, up from 735 in 2006.
"While many institutions are seeing an increase in the number of applications, I am aware of none that matches Mines. This difference is likely attributable to those factors that make Mines different as an institution; namely, its institutional focus on Earth, Energy and the Environment, the quality of its faculty and student body, and the relevancy of its core mission toward addressing some of societies' most pressing issues," said Tom Boyd, dean of graduate studies.
Fall semester classes at Mines begin Aug. 25.
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