International First-Year Admissions
Consideration for Admission
To be considered for admission, you must complete secondary school, earn superior marks in academic subjects and receive a certificate of completion that grants you admission to university-level studies in your country. All first-year applicants are considered using the same eligibility requirements and are included in the same selection process, regardless of being an international or domestic applicant. Our online application is the same for domestic and international students.
International students must meet the same admission requirements and will be included in the same selection process as U.S. citizens and permanent residents as described on the First-Year Students page in the Recommended Curriculum and Application Requirements sections. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to Mines. Applicants who are admitted typically will exceed Mines admission requirements. If you have attended both non-U.S. and U.S. schools, both your non-U.S. and U.S. courses and grades will be considered.
Additionally, international students must meet the criteria outlined in the next section titled “Admission Information for Specific Countries and Educational Systems”.
Mines does not require SAT/ACT results for international students unless you are planning to play a NCAA sport.
1. To complete your application, ask your high school to send us your official high school transcript/marksheets electronically or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may upload an unofficial high school transcript via the Supplemental Materials section of your Applicant Portal 24 hours after submitting your online application.
2. All students, U.S. citizens or international, who studied/are studying outside of the U.S. during high school are required to submit a credential evaluation in addition to their high school transcript. Please see the credential evaluations section below for a list of instructions and exceptions to this policy.
3. If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Colorado School of Mines, you must request that your high school send an official, final high school transcript in its original language as well as an English version, after you have graduated.
All students who have attended high school outside of the U.S. are also required to submit a credential evaluation to complete their application. A credential evaluation is a comparison of your academic record to standards in the U.S., a verification of validity and a translation of your grades to the U.S.-style system. Please view the following information for a list of exceptions and a detailed explanation of what is needed and how to obtain an evaluation.
- You attended a high school that follows the U.S.-style curriculum, an AP curriculum or an IB curriculum
- You only completed 9th grade internationally (you’ve completed/are completing 10th-12th grade in the U.S.)
- You attended a school accredited by the Middle States Association
- You are sponsored by Saudi Aramco or KGSP
- You attended Taylor’s University in Malaysia
- All international transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation and course-by-course (aka document-by-document) credential evaluation. The cost for an evaluation ranges from about $150-200 USD.
- The preferred evaluation agencies are:
- Educational Credential Evaluators, (ECE),
- SpanTran (use this link to obtain our partner discount), and
- International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
- but you may use any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member that performs high school course-by-course credential evaluations. Remember to designate Mines as a copy recipient of your evaluation.
- After the evaluation agency completes your evaluation, it will be sent to us electronically.
If you see the requirement for a credential evaluation in your applicant portal checklist, and you believe you qualify for one of the exceptions listed above, please email email@example.com to request a waiver.
We prefer transcripts to be sent to us electronically, but if you need to use a mail service, our address is:
Colorado School of Mines
1812 Illinois St. Golden, CO 80401
Admission Information for Specific Countries and Educational Systems
The information in this section is intended to supplement admission requirements for first-year and transfers, not replace them.
13-Year Educational Systems
If pre-university education is 13 years long in your country, you must complete all 13 years before entering Mines. You must graduate from secondary school in your country earning a certificate of completion that enables you to attend a university in your country. Admission to Mines is not offered prior to completion of the 13th year.
IGCSE, AS, and A-Level Curriculum
The most competitive international applicants whose schools offer the IGCSE curriculums usually present three A Level exams with grades of at least an A or B. Mines does offer credit for some A-Level coursework.
India and Pakistan
You must complete your standard XII years of education and sit for 10th and 12th year board/state examinations.
Applicants should have an overall minimum course average equivalent to a 50-59% (Second Class) or above on the Indian grading scale on any one of the following Secondary School Leaving Certificates:
- Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
- Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)
- Senior Secondary Certificate, Pre-University Certificate, Pre-Degree Certificate
- Intermediate Examination
- All India and Delhi Senior School Certificate
- Indian School Certificate Examination
Your international school must have an appropriate level of recognition in the educational system it follows. You must also be earning a certificate of completion that will allow you to enter a university in that educational system. If your international school follows a U.S. curriculum, your school must have U.S. accreditation and you must graduate with a U.S. high school diploma or an equivalent credential.
The most competitive international applicants whose schools offer the IB curriculum usually present three IB exams with grades of 5, 6 or 7. Mines does offer credit for some IB-Level coursework.
You must complete your SPM and STPM or A Levels to be considered for admission.
You must complete Form 7 earning your Higher School Certificate. If you will be receiving a Bursary or NCEA Level 3, please indicate this in your application.
English Proficiency Requirements
International applicants whose native language is not English (identified by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs) must provide evidence of English language proficiency if they are accepted and decide to enroll at Mines. U.S. Permanent Residents are exempt from this requirement. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:
Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073. Mines requires a minimum score of 79 Internet-based test with minimum section scores as shown below. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process. If you have multiple valid TOEFL tests, we will superscore your section scores if necessary. Mines must have your official scores on file in order to issue you an immigration document.
|Subject||Internet TOEFL (iBT)|
TOEFL AT-HOME TEST: We will accept the TOEFL At-Home Test with the same score requirements as those listed above. This test is now available in most countries.
Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 6.0. We are now accepting the IELTS Indicator At-Home Test with the same score requirements. This test is now available in most countries. If you have multiple valid IELTS tests, we will superscore your band scores if necessary. Tests must have been taken within the past two years and must not expire during the application process. Mines must have your official scores on file in order to issue you an immigration document.
The Duolingo English Test is an acceptable test of English proficiency. A minimum overall score of 105, with no subscore below 100 is required for all applicants. Mines must have your official scores on file in order to issue you an immigration document.
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency exams with a minimum score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Other ways to prove English proficiency:
- Applicants who have completed, or will complete, four years of high school in a U.S. high school.
- Completion of junior and senior years in a U.S. high school with SAT Verbal score of 550 or ACT English score of 23.
- You are a citizen of one of the following English-speaking countries:
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA NIGERIA BAHAMAS NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS BELIZE PHILIPPINES BOTSWANA SAMOA CANADA SOUTH AFRICA GHANA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IRELAND UGANDA JAMAICA UNITED KINGDOM LIBERIA UNITED STATES MAURITIUS ZAMBIA
Personal statements and letters of recommendation (optional)
If you wish, you may submit a personal statement with your application. This section can be helpful to explain special circumstances in your life that have affected you or your education or tell us anything else about yourself that you’d like us to know. Use the Personal Statement section of the online application to write what you’d like to say, or after 24 hours, you will receive a link to your Applicant Portal where you can also upload a .docx or .pdf file..
Letters of recommendation are not required for admission to Mines as an undergraduate but can be included in support of your application for admission. If you want to add a letter of recommendation to your application, we recommend the letter be submitted by an academic reference (teacher or counselor), be no longer than one page, and be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost of Attendance and Tuition Classification
Most international students will pay non-resident tuition and fees.
2021-2022 COST OF ATTENDANCE: NON-RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATES
|On Campus||Off Campus|
|Estimated Direct Expenses|
|Estimated Indirect Expenses|
|Books and Supplies||$1,500||$1,500|
|Per Credit Hour||$1,282|
Please see the Non-Resident section of the Financial Aid website for more information on the cost of attendance and the tuition and fee schedule.
International students in the following categories cannot qualify for in-state tuition: F-1, F-2, H-3, H-4 (if the visa holder is the spouse or child of an H-3), J-1, and J-2 (if the J-1 visa holder is a student or trainee), M-1 and M-2.
If you are a refugee, an asylee, or an international student and hold a visa type different than one listed above, you may be eligible for in-state tuition after one year of Colorado residence and should contact the admissions office to learn more about how to petition for in-state/resident tuition.
Demonstrating financial resources (after committing only)
Providing proof of financial resources is only required if you are admitted and decide you would like to enroll (commit) to Mines. You do not need to provide financial documents during the first part of the application process. If you are offered admission and decide you want to enroll at Mines, you will work with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office to submit your financial documents. According to U.S. government regulations, all applicants who need a student visa to study in the U.S. must demonstrate they have sufficient funds to pay for tuition costs and living expenses while at Mines. Students demonstrate sufficient funds by submitting a bank statement, certificate of balance, scholarship letter or any combination of the three. Financial documents must have been prepared within the last 6 months. The ISSS office, not Admissions, processes all financial documentation for immigration purposes. Please contact the ISSS office with any questions.
Receiving Credit at Mines for AP, IB and A-level Coursework
Each year, Colorado School of Mines accepts AP, IB and A-level credit from hundreds of students. To determine how these credits may apply to your degree at Mines, please visit the Registrar’s website on Advanced Credits.
The Fall 2023 First-Year Admissions Application is now open!
New for Fall 2023: First-year international students are now eligible for up to $8,000 in merit aid. Your application will be evaluated for merit aid upon review.
Steps to Apply
1. COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION
2. SUBMIT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT, CREDENTIAL EVALUATION & EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY*.
3. PAY THE $75 USD APPLICATION FEE VIA YOUR APPLICANT PORTAL**
4. UPLOAD ANY OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS TO YOUR APPLICANT PORTAL***
5. SUBMIT OFFICIAL EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY BY MAY 1.
*Please view the Transcript Requirements menu and English Proficiency Requirements menu on the left for a full explanation of what is needed.
**Students who have attended high school outside the U.S. are assessed a $50 application fee. international students who attended high school in the U.S. are assessed a $25 application fee. The applicant portal is available 24hrs after submitting your application.
**Optional: Resume, test scores, letter of recommendation, etc. Applicant portal access is granted 24 hours after submitting the online application.
CAN’T MISS DEADLINES
Priority application deadline.
Must receive an online application, application fee, high school transcript and credential evaluation on or before November 1.
Admissions decision sent by December 21, 2021.
*If you have received messaging from Mines about a September 15 application deadline and all required application materials are received by September 15, will still honor the previous response timetable.
Regular application file completion deadline.
Must receive your online application, app fee, high school transcript and credential evaluation on or before January 15.
Admissions decision sent by March 1, 2021
AFTER JANUARY 15
Must receive your online application, app fee, high school transcript and credential evaluation for admissions review.
Admissions on a space-available basis.
National Decision Day (Last day to confirm enrollment at Mines)
Submit official IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo scores directly from the testing agency, if necessary.
Do you have immigration-related questions?
All admission decisions are final, with one exception. If your 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 email@example.com 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.