International Students

You are an incoming international student if you are a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. permanent resident. International students typically need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the U.S. If this describes you, please review this section, in addition to the information in the Freshman or Transfer Student section.

International Freshman

International Students are an incoming freshman 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.

International Transfer

You are an incoming transfer student if you have graduated from high school and enrolled in college or university coursework after completing high school.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the Mines English Proficiency requirement may apply and be admitted. But will not receive immigration documents until English Proficiency has been achieved.

2018 International Freshman Application

2018 International Transfer Application

How do I apply to Mines?
Step 1: Start and Complete the Online Application.
To complete your admission application, we must receive your electronically submitted admission application. 
  • Fill out the online application completely and submit it.
Step 2: Pay $45 International Document Processing fee & Upload Documents to your Application Portal.
Upon submission of your application, you will receive an application status page access email the following day which contains personalized access to your application status page. Through this page, you can verify whether or not we’ve received your application materials. You will also have the option of uploading materials such as your unofficial transcripts, statement of support, resume, an additional essay, etc. and paying any associated fees (If applicable). 
  • Pay the $45 International Document Processing Fee
  • Upload your your unofficial high school transcript if you do not have a copy of an official transcript. (If admitted, you will need to supply the official transcript before starting classes)  
  • Ensure your ACT and/or SAT scores are sent directly to Mines from the appropriate testing agency (OPTIONAL for students completing high school outside the U.S. however we do like to receive them if taken.)
  • Upload your unofficial English Proficiency results
  • Submit your Statement of Support and Financial Proof (This is not required upon admission review, BUT will speed the process up in getting your immigration documents.)
Step 3: Submit Evidence of English Proficiency and ACT and or SAT.
Have your TOEFL or IELTS score, along with your ACT and/or SAT score (if taken) sent directly to Mines.
 

Your official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report can be sent directly to Mines from the Educational Testing Service. Our TOEFL institutional code is 4073.

 For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org.


For SAT and ACT scores: If you did not request your scores to be sent to Mines when you registered for the exam, you will need to request an electronic score report directly from either ACT and/or SAT. For the ACT, our code is 0500; for the SAT, our code is 4073.

 
 
Am I eligible to apply to Mines

If you will have completed your country’s pre-university education (equivalent to U.S. 12th Grade) before arriving on-campus for the fall semester, or if any of the following apply to you, you are eligible to apply to MInes as a first-year applicant:

  • You are completing an internationally-recognized equivalent, such as the IB Diploma; or
  • You are applying from countries with school leaving qualifications based on the British educational model, and will have completed the A-level equivalent (neither O-levels nor (I)GCSE results will be sufficient for admission); or
  • You are currently enrolled in a foundation year program outside of the United States; or
  • Your highest degree earned by the time you plan to enroll at MInes is either a certificate or diploma.

Transfer applicants must first meet the high school requirements above. You are then eligible to apply as a transfer student if one of the following applies to you:

  • You are currently or have been enrolled as a degree-seeking* student at a college or university in the U.S. that is regionally accredited;
  • You are currently or have been enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a college or university outside the U.S. that is nationally recognized by the country’s primary accrediting council/agency; or
  • You are currently or have been enrolled in a non-degree seeking program in the U.S. and will have completed 24 semester credits or more by the time you plan to enroll at MInes.

*A non-degree seeking student, sometimes referred to outside of the United States as a non-award/non-study student or auditor, refers to a student who is taking a course at a host university, but does not have the right to earn a degree at the host university. But credits could be earned which are transferable.

International students who attended 4 years of high school in the United States are required to meet the following competency requirements:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of algebra
  • 1 unit of geometry
  • 1 unit of advanced mathematics (trigonometry)
  • 3 units of history or social studies
  • 3 units of lab science (1 unit must be chemistry or physics)
  • 2 units of academic electives
  • Trigonometry is our minimum math requirement; however, you should complete pre-calculus or calculus if you have the opportunity to do so.

SAT or ACT Scores
Applicants from the United States and Canada are required to submit either ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) results. International students do not need to take the ACT or the SAT for admission unless they wish to play varsity sports. However if you have taken either, please submit the results.

What are the 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) scores (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 550 paper-based test or 79 Internet-based test with minimum section scores as shown below. Tests must have been taken within the past two years to be accepted.
 
  Internet TOEFL  (iBT) Paper TOEFL (PBT)
      Reading 20 54
      Listening 21 55
      Writing 17 55
      Speaking 21 N/A
      Total 79 550
  • 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 48 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.
Does Mines accept the Common Application

Mines does not use the Common Application.  We encourage high school students to use our online admission application. Use the freshman link at the top of this page or use the link in the invitation sent to you as a prospective student in our database.

DOES MINES REVIEW APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS?

Yes, we have rolling admissions at Mines. The sooner we receive your completed application, your high school transcript and your ACT or SAT test scores, the better. We have a priority deadline of November 15, so do your best to complete your application and ensure that your high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores are received in our office by this date. If your file becomes complete after this date, we will review it with the same care as files completed prior to November 15, but the decision timeline will be extended beyond 30 business days.

ARE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH MY APPLICATION?

No, your academic preparedness and strengths are all the recommendation we need!  However, we will gladly accept letters and review them. These can be sent via the same method as your high school transcript. Please make sure your full name and birth date are included so that we can get these matched to your application record.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION AND HOW CAN I TELL IF IT IS COMPLETE?

Upon submission of your application, you will receive an application status page access email the following day which contains personalized access to your application status page. Through this page, you can verify whether or not we’ve received your application materials. You will also have the option of uploading supplemental (optional) materials such as your resume, an additional essay, etc. and paying any associated fees (If applicable).  Please contact admissions@mines.edu if you would like us to resend your application status page access email or if you have any questions.

HOW DO I CHANGE/EDIT THE INFORMATION ON MY APPLICATION?

If you would like to add or edit anything on your application, simply send an email to admissions@mines.edu and state what information you would like to change. Make sure to include your full name and birthdate in the email.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A DECISION ON MY APPLICATION?

This depends on when you complete your application. If you submitted your application and we received your high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores by November 15th, you will receive a decision within 30 business days. We must have all required documents on file before we can review your application for admission. After November 15, we will work to review all completed files in as an efficient manner as possible.

HOW WILL I RECEIVE A DECISION ON MY APPLICATION?

Decisions are uploaded to you application portal.

We may also use email to alert you if additional information is needed, or if there is an update on your application. Please be sure to watch your student email address that you used when you applied.

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