About Mines

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.

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times.

World-class reach – personal attention

Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution, with a size that allows for personal attention. Mines’ renowned faculty creates a challenging and supportive learning environment. A student body of about 5,900 allows for a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 while maintaining rigorous degree programs that provide a top-notch technical education and professional training and experiences in areas such as communication, leadership, teamwork and ethics. Mines also provides an extensive laboratory infrastructure to ensure plenty of hands-on experiences. Research funding and strong partnerships with government agencies and laboratories, such as National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), provide students with rich opportunities to be involved in world-class research in alternative and traditional energy resources, advanced materials and manufacturing, society’s infrastructure and the discovery and sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources—and more.

With many new buildings and facilities, Mines is an innovative, modern campus, working toward tackling new problems, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and maintaining an enhanced sense of responsibility to promote positive change in the world.

 

Fun, friendly, connected campus

The social environment on the Mines campus is fun, informal and friendly, and students are involved in more than 200 clubs and organizations, pursuing interests in music, student government, Greek life and many special interest and professional associations. Mines fields 18 NCAA Division II varsity sports teams—most of which are dominant forces in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Mines also offers 20 competitive club sports, and more than one-quarter of Mines students participated on 530 intramural teams last year.

Breathtaking vistas and an adventurer’s playground

Located in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the City of Golden provides a welcoming and diverse setting for the Mines community to enjoy. Golden offers many outdoor recreational activities as well as several museums and restaurants to experience in town. Whether enjoying Colorado’s famous outdoor adventures or exploring more urban activities, Golden’s centralized location is also perfect for heading out in any direction. There are about a dozen major ski areas within a one- to three-hour drive from campus, and downtown Denver and Boulder are within 20 miles of Mines, offering all the attractions of a vibrant, metropolitan area.