Colorado School of Mines

Preparing Distinctive STEM Graduates Since 1874

About Mines

At Colorado School of Mines, we do more than just prepare you for your future. Want to learn how to create lasting positive change in areas related to the Earth, energy or the environment? Done. Want rich, engaging experiences that will set you up for a successful future? You got it. We’re known for the quality of our distinctive graduates, unique expertise and unparalleled opportunities, and we can’t wait to help you start your journey toward being our next success story.

  • Top-rated career return on investment (ROI) among peer institutions by Georgetown University
  • #3 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine
  • #12 on top 25 universities in America as ranked by alumni by Forbes Magazine

Academic programs prepare
students for life
beyond the classroom.

Solving Grand Challenges

The Mines curriculum is broad and rigorous with an emphasis on hands-on experiences and collaborative approaches. Students and faculty are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in areas such as mineral exploration and subsurface characterization; renewable energy sources and technology; advanced water treatment; robotics and high-performance computing.

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undergraduate and
graduate students

Global Research Leaders

Mines Research in a Minute

From glaciology to tunneling to the Moon, Mines researchers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible through unique and world-renowned interdisciplinary research projects and partnerships.

Confidence and
collaboration are
Oredigger qualities.

More than STEM

Mines students graduate with a strong sense of integrity, resilience, confidence in tackling new problems, the ability to work in collaborative environments, an enhanced sense of responsibility to promote positive change in the world and pride in their Mines degree.

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students celebrating E-Days


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intercollegiate athletics
teams at Mines

An adventurer’s

Our Hometown is Golden

Home of the Mines campus since 1874, the picturesque City of Golden offers access to Colorado’s famous outdoor adventures, as well as to the many attractions of nearby Denver. Golden offers several museums and restaurants to experience in town.



acres of regional open space surrounding Golden