Mines by the Numbers

Woman taking test31

average ACT score for entering first-year students

People celebrating with trophy5

RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup wins

Group of students200+

student organizations on campus


in research awards in FY2019


intercollegiate athletic teams at Mines


Mines endowment as of June 2019


Lecture hall6,268

undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students


Female college student#1

largest collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers


Gift giving$46M

invested by donors in FY2019


Graduating students94, 97, 100

percentages of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD graduates who had positive outcomes upon graduation in 2018-19


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 1,400 spots in the entering class, made up of about 1,200 freshmen and 200 transfer students. Mines’ admitted students’ average scores include 1400 on the SAT, 31 on the ACT and a 3.8 unweighted GPA.

More than 1,400 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 13,300 applications received
  • About 6,500 students accepted
  • About 1,300 students enroll
  • Average SAT Critical Reading and Math 1380
  • Average ACT Composite 31
  • Average GPA 3.8/4.0



In fall 2019, 6,522 students from 50 states and 80 countries were enrolled in 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 55.9 percent were Colorado residents.

2019-20 Enrollment

  • 5,102 undergraduate students; 1,282 freshmen
  • 1,420 graduate students (master’s and doctoral)

30.7% of students were female; 10.4% were international

For more information about Mines enrollment statistics, visit Institutional Research.


Average Class Size

  • 34 students
  • Mines has a student/faculty ratio of 16:1.


Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 92% of freshmen return for sophomore year (fall 2017 entering class)
  • 80.5% 6-year graduation rate (fall 2012 entering class)
  • Mines awarded 1,579 degrees in 2018

For more information on Mines graduation statistics, visit Institutional Research.




Job Placement and Average Starting Salaries

  • 2018-19 graduates (BS) placed at 95% either working in the industry or going onto graduate school
  • Average starting salary $69,375 (BS)

For more information on student outcome data visit Career Services.


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 2019, research awards totaled more than $84 million, with roughly 35 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, opened in 2018 and is 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).