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Mines at a Glance

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 10,400 applications received (9,800 freshmen and 600 transfer students)
  • About 4,700 students accepted (4,550 freshmen and 150 transfer students)
  • About 970 students enroll (880 freshmen and 90 transfer students)
  • Average SAT Critical Reading and Math 1270
  • Average ACT Composite 29
  • Average GPA 3.8/4.0 


  • 3,700 Undergraduate
  • 1,300 Graduate and PhD
  • 26% Women 
  • 13% Minority 
  • 11% International
  • 70% Colorado Residents
  • 30% Non-residents (48 other states and 66 other countries) 

 Average Class Size 

  • 33 students 

Retention and Graduation Rates 

  • 90% of freshmen return for sophomore year
  • 69% of enrolling freshmen graduate
  • 41% graduate in four years
  • 23% graduate in five years
  • 5% graduate in six years

Job Placement and Average Starting Salaries 

  • 2008-2009 graduates placed at 86% (BS), 96% (MS), 96% (Ph.D.) by August 2009
  • 2009-2010 graduates currently being determined 
  • Average starting salary $64,050 (BS)  This is a 4% increase over prior year.


  • Composed of more than 270 men and women from all over the world
  • Over 90% have a Ph.D
  • About $50 million of research annually
  • Student/Faculty ratio 15:1


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