Colorado School of Mines

Mission & Vision

Colorado School of Mines

Mission & Vision

Mines Mission

Education and research in engineering, science and business to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment

Colorado School of Mines educates students and advances knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to address the ever-growing challenges, demands and aspirations of today’s world. With cutting-edge classroom and lab experiences, trailblazing research and future-focused ideas, Mines empowers its students, faculty and staff to achieve excellence and push the boundaries of what is possible.


Mines will be the premier institution for engineering and science, based on the impact of its students, graduates and research programs.

Colorado School of Mines is a world-renowned institution that continually enhances its leadership in education and research to serve and advance industry, government agencies and communities around the world. By maximizing its top-ranked academic programs, close industry connections, cutting-edge research and a global alumni network, Mines is the go-to place for distinction and expertise in both established and emerging engineering and scientific fields.

school building

Colorado School of Mines was founded in 1874

mortar board

Mines’ first formal commencement was held in 1883


The first silver diploma was created in 1933

snow-capped mountain

The hillside M was constructed on Mt. Zion in 1908


The school’s fight song, “The Mining Engineer,” was established in 1885

Looking ahead to Mines@150


As Mines approaches its 150th anniversary, we’re positioning our institution and community for future success while remaining at the forefront of STEM education, research and innovation.