Mines @ a glance

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Mines at a Glance

The M Climb, a hike up Mt. Zion with a 10-lb. rock signally the start of a student's time at Mines, is an annual tradition for incoming students at Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Toll Free 800-446-9488
Admissions Office
1600 Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401
Toll Free: 888-446-9489


Colorado School of Mines is a public research university, founded in 1874, devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the United States. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world's institutions of higher education.


Colorado School of Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
The undergraduate engineering programs at Mines are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Admissions Statistics

  • About 13,200 applications received
  • About 4,700 students accepted
  • About 1,160 students enroll
  • Average SAT Critical Reading and Math 1320
  • Average ACT Composite 30
  • Average GPA 3.8/4.0 


  • 4,383 Undergraduate
  • 1,290 Graduate and PhD
  • 27% are women 
  • 16% are domestic underrepresented ethnic/racial 
  • 11% International
  • 61% of students are from Colorado
  • 39% are from 48 other states and 76 other countries

 Average Class Size 

  • 34 students 

Retention and Graduation Rates 

  • 94% of freshmen return for sophomore year
  • 70% of enrolling freshmen graduate
  • 41% graduate in four years

Job Placement and Average Starting Salaries 

  • 2013-2014 graduates (BS) placed at 91% either working in the industry or going onto Graduate School
  • Average starting salary $67,540 (BS)  


  • Composed of more than 480 men and women from all over the world
  • Over 90% have a Ph.D
  • About $55 million of research annually
  • Student/Faculty ratio 16:1


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