First-Year Students

First-Year Students

First-Year Students

We think we have a pretty cool story at Mines and we know you have an amazing story too.

We want to hear it! That’s why we holistically review every single application file. We receive about 12,000 highly competitive applications each year and love hearing your individual stories and paths to college—they make us laugh, cry and feel so proud and honored that you are considering Mines. After all, you’ve spent 12 years building your resume. It’s the least we can do!

Each fall, we welcome approximately 1,200 new first-year Orediggers to our campus.


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Undergraduate Admissions


If you’re looking for help on creating a stand-out application,
visit the Admissions Philosophy Page for some helpful insight.

2020 Accepted Student Profile

online application


first year students

incoming first-year

middle 50%
SAT composite


middle 50%
ACT composite


incoming transfer


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

Recommended Curriculum

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of college-prep/advanced math
    (including trigonometry and/or pre-calculus)
  • 3 units of history or social studies
  • 3 units of lab science
    (one unit must be physics or chemistry, both if available)
  • 2 units of academic electives
    (such as computer science, STEM, engineering, or other college-prep classes, if available)
  • 1 unit of foreign language

Application Requirements

  • Online application*
  • Official or unofficial high school transcripts

*A $50 International document processing fee will be assessed for students with international coursework on their transcript. For questions, email

Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the online application
  • Step 2: Ask your high school counselor to send us your official high school transcript or upload an unofficial high school transcript via the Supplemental Materials section of your Applicant Portal
  • Step 3: Check the status of your application and decision in your Applicant Portal

Please note:
Given the extraordinary circumstances of 2020 and limited availability of the ACT and SAT, test scores are optional and not required to complete an admissions application file for fall 2021 applicants. If a student is unable to, or choose not to, provide ACT or SAT test scores, the admissions and merit scholarship review process will proceed with the existing application file materials. However, if a student has previously taken, or plans to take, an ACT or SAT test, those scores can be submitted for consideration in the review process.

Can’t Miss Deadlines

November 1

  • Priority application file completion deadline
  • Must receive a complete application + official or unofficial transcript on/before November 1
  • Admissions and merit scholarship decision sent by December 21, 2020

January 15

  • Regular application file completion deadline
  • Must receive a complete application + official or unofficial transcript on/before March 1
  • Admissions and merit scholarship decision sent by March 1, 2021

After January 15

  • Rolling admissions on a space-available basis until the class is filled

March 1

  • Financial aid priority deadline

May 1

  • National Commitment Day

All admission decisions are final, with one exception. If your admission to Colorado School of Mines is denied based on information you provided on your application for admission regarding your 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.