First-Year Students

Mines seeks to build its community with incoming students that exemplify intellectual curiosity, academic promise and a diverse range of interests and backgrounds. Each fall, we welcome approximately 1,200 new Orediggers with these qualities to our campus.

Your application will be carefully reviewed and evaluated on the basis of its merits and in the context of the strengths of the applicant pool.

The 2020 First-Year Admissions Application is Open.
The 2021 First-Year Admissions Application Will Open in August.

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 or Self-Reported SAT or ACT Scores
  • Official High School Transcripts

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: Send us your official or self-reported ACT or SAT scores
  • Step 4: Check the status of your application and decision in your Applicant Portal

Please note: November 15 is the extended priority deadline for completed application files (application submitted and an official transcript on file). If your application file is complete by November 15, then you should expect an admissions decision sent via email before mid-December.

Rising Seniors – we recognize that the end of your junior year has been very challenging with changes to the way your courses will be delivered and when you can take your ACT or SAT exams. We understand and will take this into account as we go into our Fall 2021 application cycle. We encourage you to continue to focus on what you can to help prepare yourself as a competitive applicant and want to remind you that everyone is experiencing the same situation. Please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and will update our information as we have updates. For 2021 applicants we will still review ACT and SAT test scores as a part of our application review.

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

Want to check the status of your application? Click here to access your Applicant Portal.

Can’t Miss Deadlines

  • November 15th
    Extended priority deadline

  • March 1st
    Financial aid priority

  • May 1st
    National commitment



All admission decisions are final, with one exception. If you admission to the 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.