Mines Admissions Considerations




Mines Admissions Considerations


Problem solver, change-maker, tinkerer too. Sound like you?

Orediggers are innovators and entrepreneurs, problem solvers and change-makers, teammates and leaders who challenge themselves inside and outside the classroom. And yes, we embrace our inner nerd.

We have a story and we know you do too. That’s why our team takes a holistic approach when reviewing each application file for admissions and merit scholarships.

Below are just a few of the review factors we take into consideration.

High School Transcript

We are looking at your overall trends in grades 9-12, including the rigor of coursework (are you taking the highest level of coursework offered at your school?), trends within STEM-related coursework and participation in engineering/computer science electives (if available). We want to see that you are taking the highest level of coursework available at your school, and/or are concurrently enrolled in college-level coursework. To ensure that you are best prepared for admission and success at Mines, we encourage you to consider the following:



We recommend that you complete three units of lab science (one unit must be physics or chemistry, both if available) and preferably science courses taken at the most advanced level offered by your school, prior to high school graduation.



We prefer to see four units of college-prep/advanced math. Trigonometry and/or pre-calculus is required prior to enrollment at Mines, since all undergraduate students take Calculus I, II and III, in addition to Differential Equations as part of their core coursework.


AP/IB/A-Level Coursework

If Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or A-Level courses are offered at your school, we encourage you to enroll in them, especially in the STEM-related courses. College credit may be granted based on your test scores. Learn more about AP, IB and A-Level credits.



Concurrent/Dual Enrollment

Concurrent/Dual Enrollment provides students with a unique opportunity to take college coursework while in high school. In addition to being a great way to save some money by transferring credit, it also helps prepare you for the academic rigor of Mines. We recommend taking advantage of this option if your school offers it, and speaking with your admissions counselor for ideas on recommended coursework.


Extracurricular Activities

A big component of our holistic approach is learning about what you do outside the classroom. What extracurricular activities are you involved in? For how long? Were you on a team? Were you involved in Science Olympiad or the like? Did you participate in Upward Bound? Did you volunteer with Girls Inc or Habitat for Humanity or start your own Community Based Organization? Did you hold a leadership role (captain of a sport, president of a club) in any of these activities? Did you start a new student club or organization? Are you involved in your church? Are you a Girl Scout Gold Awardee or an Eagle Scout? Were you involved in STEM organizations? Something else? These are the kind of questions we ask ourselves as we review each application. We are excited to learn more about you, so do share your story.

Honors and Awards

We are looking to see if you’ve received any awards such as National honor roll, Denver Scholarship Fund or Daniels scholarship recipient? Did you receive an award for innovation/entrepreneurship, science/engineering or music/art? Do tell! Share your honors and awards on your application or as a supplemental document in your Applicant Portal. Please name the honor or award you received and briefly describe why it was awarded to you. 


We are interested to see if you spend and manage your time between academics and extracurricular activities. Did you have the same summer job every year? Are you a caregiver/babysitter for a family member? Do you work on the family farm or at a family business? Did you hold a paid or unpaid internship? Holding a job while also being in school and involved in other activities is a lot of work and requires good time management skills, a quality that we look for in our applicants. 

Admissions Engagement

We appreciate seeing students that are actively engaged with our team and the admissions process. That includes sending an email or giving us a call with questions, or attending a virtual or on-campus event. We want to get to know you and hope you want to get to know us too! We promise we won’t bite – we’re really quite friendly.

Academic Engagement & Senior Year

Speaking of engagement, there is nothing worse than a case of senioritis. We get it – you are ready to make it Mines but we urge you to also stay focused on your senior year coursework. Your admissions decision will be based on a wide variety of factors, including an assumption that you will continue being super successful in your senior year coursework. Take the highest level of courses offered at your school (or concurrent enrollment/college courses if available) and keep the great work going. As we evaluate admissions application, we pay close attention to overall trends in academic performance, especially senior year. It’s a good indication of how you will step up as the curriculum rigor increases. 

Test Scores

Mines is a test-optional university. Your application will receive equal consideration in our holistic admissions and merit scholarship review process – with or without test scores. If you believe test scores will further highlight your academic ability, you are welcome to include them in your application file. We hope this helps alleviate some stress associated with the college application process.