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.

THE 2021 FIRST-YEAR ADMISSIONS APPLICATION IS OPEN!

2020 Accepted Student Profile

online application

12K
applications
received

first year students

~1,220
incoming first-year
students

acorn
1330-1470
middle 50%
SAT composite

test

29-33
middle 50%
ACT composite

transfer

170
incoming transfer
students

FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ADMISSIONS AT A GLANCE

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 high school transcripts

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

 

Admissions Process


  • Step 1: Complete and submit the online application
  • Step 2: Ask your counselor to send us your official high school transcript
  • 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, fall 2021 applicants ACT and/or SAT scores are optional and not required to complete an admissions application file. We encourage students to submit any/all previously taken or upcoming ACT or SAT test scores for consideration in the review process.

However, 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.

Can’t Miss Deadlines


November 1

  • Priority application file completion deadline
  • Must receive a complete application + official 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 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 admission@mines.edu 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.