International First-Year Admissions

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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. 


Academic requirements

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. However, submitting SAT/ACT results may increase your chance of admission, and can be used to prove English proficiency.


Transcript Requirements

We will accept unofficial copies of your high school transcript in English. If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Colorado School of Mines, you must submit an official final high school transcript in its original language as well as an English version. All international transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation and course-by-course credential evaluation. Please order an evaluation after you have graduated from high school so the transcript will be final. The preferred evaluation agencies are Educational Credential Evaluators, (ECE) and WES (World Education Services (WES). Other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Remember to designate Mines as a copy recipient of your evaluation.


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. 

British System and Singapore

You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O Levels, and at least 3 GCE A Levels to be considered for admission. AS levels will also be considered. If you receive A, B or C grades on your GCE A level examinations, Mines may consider granting you transfer credit toward your bachelor’s degree. The exact credit amount will be determined after you have been formally admitted and provide your official certificate. 

India and Pakistan

You must complete your standard XII years of education and sit for 10th and 12th year board/state examinations. 

International Schools 

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. 

International Baccalaureate

If you are completing your IB diploma or simply taking some IB courses, make sure to report your IB status in your application.  


You must complete your SPM and STPM or A Levels to be considered for admission. 

Sri Lanka

You must complete Sri Lankan GCE O and A Levels. You may also complete O and A Levels through a British Examination Authority. 

New Zealand

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

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. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Colorado School of Mines institution code: 4073: Students whose native language is not English must submit acceptable TOEFL scores as part of the application process. 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 to be accepted.

SubjectInternet TOEFL (iBT)
  • Minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum overall score of 53 with no communicative skills score below 50.

Exceptions to the English (TOEFL/IELTS/Person Test) Requirement

  • Applicants who have completed their junior and senior years in a U.S. high school with SAT Verbal score of 550 or ACT English score of 23.
  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits including 6 credits of freshman English composition at a U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Applicants who have completed four years of high school in a U.S. high school. These applicants are subject to high school competency requirements, and ACT and/or SAT results.


Personal statements and letters of recommendation (optional)

If you wish, you may submit a personal statement essay with your application to explain special circumstances in your life that have affected you or your education. Use the Personal Statement section of the online application to submit your essay, or after 24 hours, you will receive a link to your Applicant Portal where you can also upload an essay.

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


Demonstrating financial resources

Providing proof of financial resources is only required if you are admitted 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.




Visa Information

Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website and click on the drop down menu titled, “Which visa is right for me?” This page also includes more information on F-1 visas. For more information on J-1 visas, visit the international incoming students page.



Cost of Attendance and Tuition Classification

Most international students will pay non-resident tuition and fees. Please see the Non-Resident section of the Financial Aid website for information on the cost of attendance.

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 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 office of the Registrar to learn more about how to petition for in-state/resident tuition. 


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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.