How Mines stacks up

From research to return on investment, Mines consistently ranks above the rest. Our reputation is built on the results of our work, and our top local, national, and international rankings show how we’re leading the way. View the annual Mines mini fact booklet with figures, rankings and general information regarding the campus community. Here’s a quick look at some of our rankings:

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#1 Best Colleges
in Colorado
Niche, 2023

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#3 Best Engineering
Colleges in the U.S.
Money Magazine, 2022

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#1 Mineral and Mining Engineering
QS World University Rankings, 2022

A top-tier research university offering a high return on investment

Considered a top-tier research university, Mines fuels innovation at the highest level and cultivates a culture of cutting-edge research. In turn, students can expect a high return on their investment with some of the best earning potential of any university graduates. The world looks to Mines for engineers from the front of the pack.

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Top 100 National Universities
U.S. News & World Report, 2023

#4 Best Public Universities by Salary Potential
Payscale, 2021

#5 Best Graduate Petroleum Engineering Programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2022

Designated R1 Institution
Carnegie Classification, 2022

#1 Best Colleges for Computer Science in Colorado
Niche, 2023

#1 Best Public Universities by Salary Potential in Colorado
Payscale, 2021

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#3 Top 10 Universities for Petroleum Engineers in 2022
Steppingblocks, 2022

#8 Best Value Colleges in the U.S.
Smart Asset, 2022

#2 Return on Investment for Low-Income Students (Public Universities)
Georgetown, 2022

#5 Top Universities for Robotics Research
Data Quest, 2021

Mines facts

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$95M in total research awards in fiscal year 2022

#4 Brainiest College according to Lumosity

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1st grad program in the world for space resources

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7,172 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students

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250+ active research faculty at Mines

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$75,900 average starting salary

Zoe Baker

Mines’ Zoe Baker is in Top 9 for NCAA Woman of the Year
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333 All-Americans earning 774 total awards through the 2021-22 school year
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152 Academic All-Americans – the most by any NCAA Division II institution.
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Athletic facts

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Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup championships

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Intercollegiate varsity athletic teams

70+ Degrees and Programs

At Mines, you can choose from a variety of unique, top-notch programs in engineering and applied science that will take your education to the next level and prepare you to take on the world.

About Mines


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Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines is a public science and engineering university dedicated to educating and inspiring students, advancing knowledge and innovating to address the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to earth, energy and the environment.

By the Numbers

  • 5,443 undergraduate


  • 1,658 graduate


  • 16:1 student-
    to-faculty ratio


  • 34 average first-
    year class size


  • 91% first-year
    retention rate



Five minutes from campus:

  • Jam to live music events.
  • Cheer on our Orediggers.
  • Hike up Mt. Zion.
  • Visit restaurants, festivals and more.