Mines By the Numbers
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intercollegiate athletic teams at Mines
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Mines endowment as of August 2017
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percentages of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD graduates who had positive outcomes upon graduation in 2015-16
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the largest collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers in the U.S.
degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students
Cost of Attendance
For the latest tuition and fees, visit Financial Aid.
Undergraduate admissions at Mines is highly selective. More than 11,000 students vie each year for about 1,150 spots in the freshman class. Mines applicants’ average scores include 1320 on the SAT, 30 on the ACT and a 3.8 unweighted GPA.
More than 1,300 graduate students from around the world create a stimulating environment that enriches the Mines educational experience. Modern research facilities including more than 40 specialized centers, a strong interdisciplinary teaching and research focus and low student-to-faculty ratio offer a personalized education and encourage students to investigate problems from real-world perspectives. Mines’ reputation and high admission standards, as well as its alumni network in industry, government and academic institutions, contribute to a high placement rate.
- About 11,200 applications received
- About 6,240 students accepted
- About 1,150 students enroll
- Average SAT Critical Reading and Math 1341
- Average ACT Composite 31
- Average GPA 3.8/4.0
In fall 2017, 6,117 students from 49 states and 68 countries were enrolled in 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 55.8 percent were Colorado residents.
- 4,757 undergraduate students; 1,139 freshmen
- 1,286 graduate students (master’s and doctoral)
29% of students were female; 11.5% were international
For more information about Mines enrollment statistics, visit Institutional Research.
Average Class Size
- 34 students
- Mines has a student/faculty ratio of 17:1.
Retention and Graduation Rates
- 92% of freshmen return for sophomore year (fall 2015 entering class)
- 75.3% 6-year graduation rate (fall 2010 entering class)
- Mines awarded 1,469 degrees in 2016
For more information on Mines graduation statistics, visit Institutional Research.
- 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).
Job Placement and Average Starting Salaries
- 2015-16 graduates (BS) placed at 85% either working in the industry or going onto graduate school
- Average starting salary $67,229 (BS)
Faculty and Staff
Mines faculty include more than 625 tenured and tenure track faculty, research faculty, teaching faculty and industry professionals providing students with a diverse range of expertise and perspectives.
Staff provide student support services as well as administrative and program support in a student centered environment.
The nexus between the earth, the environment and society’s need to generate and distribute energy in an economic and sustainable way is central to Mines’ specialized mission. In FY 2016, research awards totaled more than $60 million, with roughly 40 percent funded by non-federal sources.
Mines is located in the mountain town of Golden, Colorado (Pop. 20,000), 25 minutes west of Denver and easily accessible by air via Denver International Airport. The 373-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and modern facilities including 17 buildings built or renovated in the past 10 years. The newest building, CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, will open in 2017-2018 and will be the largest research building on campus.
Mines has more than 28,000 devoted and enthusiastic alumni. Employers around the world seek Mines graduates for their preparation and ability to work well in teams.
The Orediggers are part of NCAA Division II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) with 18 teams. In 2017, for the second year in a row, Mines captured the RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup, which measures overall department excellence among the RMAC’s 15 members.
The Colorado School of Mines mascots are Blaster the Burro (often seen running the field after touchdowns at Marv Kay Stadium) and Marvin the Miner (often seen, well… it’s more of a fast walk).