Colorado School of Mines’ role and mission has remained constant and is written in the Colorado statute as:

The Colorado School of Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate research institution with high admission standards. The Colorado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the primary institution of higher education offering energy, mineral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 23-41-105)

Mines’ well-defined and focused mission is achieved by the creation, integration and exchange of knowledge in engineering, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, business, and their union, to create processes and products to enhance the quality of life of the world’s inhabitants. Mines is consequently committed to serving the people of Colorado, the nation, and the global community by promoting stewardship of the Earth, advancements in energy and sustaining the environment.

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Mines is a global leader in research and the advancement of technology.  In 2013, Mines received awards totaling more than $61.7 million with more than half funded by private industry and nearly half by federal and state agencies. Led by our world-class faculty, the research conducted at Mines enhances the educational experience of our graduates. Students have the opportunity to actively participate in research at every level of their education.  The research conducted at Mines spans many highly relevant areas with a specific focus on energy and environmental stewardship. Our facilities and partnerships with industry, national laboratories, other universities, funding agencies and international institutions enable us to maintain our cutting edge research and have a significant impact on real world problems.

Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the nation. Nearly 13,300 students vie each year for the 1100 spots in the freshman class.

The Mines curriculum is broad and rigorous with an emphasis on hands-on experiences and collaborative approaches to problem-solving. Featuring programs in applied sciences, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and economics, Mines is focused on developing educational and research programs that address the world’s critical needs. Students and faculty are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in areas including unconventional natural gas, solar materials, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced water treatment, gas hydrates, critical minerals, geothermal energy, subsurface hydrology, ferrous metallurgy, subsurface characterization, intelligent geosystems and high-performance computing.

Complementing the university’s solid academic mission is a robust student life experience with student government, athletics, recreational sports, Greek life, theme learning communities within the residence halls and more than 170 student organizations.

2019-2020 Student highlights include:

Total Headcount Enrollment (includes non-degree seeking): 6,607

  • Undergraduate Students: 5,102
  • Resident: 56.6%
  • Non-Resident: 43.4%
  • Graduate Students: 1,420
  • Resident: 56.8%
  • Non-Resident: 55.8%
  • New First Year Students (undergraduate): 1282
  • Resident: 52.1%
  • Non-Resident: 47.9%
  • New Transfer Students (undergraduate): 187

Average Scores for Entering First Year Students:

  • ACT:  31
  • SAT:  1350
  • High School GPA:  3.9

Five Undergraduate Disciplines with Largest Enrollments:

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Chemical & Biological Engineering
  3. Computer Science
  4. Electrical Engineering 
  5. Petroleum Engineering

Five Graduate Disciplines with Largest Enrollments:

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Geology and Geological Engineering
  3. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  4. Civil & Environmental Engineering
  5. Economics and Business

Demographics of Student Population:

  • Women: 30.7%
  • Ethnic Minority: 19.0%
  • International: 10.4%

Number of Degrees Awarded (2017-2018):

  • Undergraduate:  1108
  • Masters: 390
  • Doctorate: 94

Percentage of Graduates with Positive Outcomes* (2017-2018):

  • BS:  94%
  • MS:  97%
  • PhD:  100%

*Positive Outcomes: Committed to jobs in industry, government, military, or graduate school.

Average Salary Offer by Degree Type (2017-2018):

  • BS:  $70,379
  • MS:  $81,265
  • PhD:  $81,984

Additional Student Data may be found in the Annual Enrollment Report



Total Faculty and Staff Headcount: 1386

  • Academic Faculty (tenure, tenure track, teaching and transitional): 327
  • Adjunct Faculty: 156
  • Researchers: 216
  • Administrative Faculty: 413
  • State-Classified and Research Support: 274