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First-Year Admissions Application

You are a first-year student if you are applying directly from high school (regardless of concurrent or dual enrollment, meaning college credits completed while in high school), have graduated from high school and never attended college, or have a GED or have been home-schooled but have not enrolled at a college or university.

The 2025 admissions application will be available in early August! There are two ways to apply:

  • Golden Application
  • Common App

The Golden Application and Common App have the same requirements, same questions and admissions review process. We recommend using the Common App if you are applying to Mines and other colleges.

Our first-year application is now closed for the 2024-25 academic year. It will re-open for 2025-26 in August.

Transfer Admissions Application

You are an incoming transfer student if you have graduated from high school and have enrolled in college or university coursework after completing high school.

The 2024 Transfer Admissions Application will be available in early August!

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Engineering School,

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#1 Largest collegiate
section of the Society
of Women Engineers

scholarship money

Over 85% of students
receive aid (scholarships,
grants, loans, work-study)

Application Fee Waivers

Common App
Mines accepts the Common App Fee Waiver, found within the Profile section of the application. Additionally, Mines has a school specific fee waiver for Veteran students.

Golden App
A fee waiver eligibility question is found on the Acknowledgements page of the application. Complete the questions to determine if you are eligible. The fee is automatically waived for Veteran students.

Legal Info



In accordance with the DoD MOU, Colorado School of Mines does not engage in high-pressure recruitment of Service members and does not offer or accept any rewards or remuneration related to admission, enrollment, financial aid or scholarship decisions.



Mines is committed to facilitating a safe environment conducive to academic learning and to compliance with the new legal limitations on inquiries about an applicant’s criminal and disciplinary history pursuant to Colorado Senate Bill 19-170 (the Ensuring Access to Higher Education Act), as codified in C.R.S. § 23-5-106.5. Mines will inquire only about the following conduct on the application for student admission:

  • An applicant’s prior convictions for stalking, sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • An applicant’s prior convictions, within five years before submitting the application, for assault, kidnapping, voluntary manslaughter or murder.
  • An applicant’s prior disciplinary history at another academic institution for stalking, sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • Any criminal charges pending against the applicant.
  • An applicant’s education records related to academic performance.

Notice to Applicants
In compliance with C.R.S. § 23-5-106.5(2)(b), Mines will notify applicants on the application that the applicant is not required to disclose any information contained in sealed records and has the right to appeal, pursuant to the below procedures, a denial decision made based on any information required to be disclosed. After admission, Mines will inquire into an admitted applicant’s conduct history when obtaining information pertaining to participation in campus life.

Obligation to Update Responses
Applicants have an obligation to report any updates or changes to their criminal and disciplinary response if they are arrested and charged with any crime after completing their application for admission. Applicants are required to disclose any and all such information in writing to the Executive Director of Admissions at Mines or, once enrolled, to the Dean of Students. Failure to report changes that should have been disclosed may result in an allegation of a violation of the Mines Code of Conduct.

Right to Appeal
All admission decisions are final, with one exception. If your admission to Mines is denied based on the information you provided on your application regarding criminal history, pending criminal charges or disciplinary history at another academic institution, you have the right to an appeal.
Appeals must be in writing and should be submitted to the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at within 14 days of receipt of the admission decision. Appeals should include all relevant information you would like the Associate Provost to consider. You will be notified of the outcome of your appeal within 14 days of receipt.

An offer of admission to Mines may be rescinded for, but is not limited to, the following reasons:

  • An admitted student is found to have presented misleading or fraudulent information during the application process;
  • An admitted student fails to uphold the standards of conduct outlined in Mines Code of Conduct.;
  • An admitted student has accepted admission both to the Colorado School of Mines and to another graduate program for the same period of enrollment. (Applies only to graduate students.)



The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, otherwise known as the Clery Act, is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to provide current and prospective students and employees, the public, and the Department of Education with crime statistics and information about campus crime prevention programs and policies. Colorado School of Mines publishes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Guide by October 1 of each year to comply with the requirements of the Clery Act and contains policy statements, crime statistics, and fire statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years of statistics are included for certain types of crime that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to our campuses. 

Access the Jeanne Clery Disclosures of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
You may also request a paper copy from the Mines Police Department or by emailing
Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1681 §106.8(a), Mines must designate and authorize at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX.

The Title IX Coordinator is Carole Goddard.
Office: Equity & Title IX House, 1706 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3260