New Freshmen

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.

Please Note
We are no longer accepting freshman applications for the Fall 2019 term.
The Fall 2020 freshman application will open in August.

Freshman Admissions at a Glance

You 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.


Application Requirements

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


Application Deadlines

November 1st: Priority Application File Submission Deadline

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

Can’t Miss Deadlines

  • November 1st
    Priority application

  • March 1st
    Financial aid priority

  • May 1st
    National commitment

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

Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the online application
  • Step 2: Ask your consular 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding My Application

What is needed to complete my application as a prospective freshman?

To complete your admission application, we must receive:

  • An electronically submitted admission application.
  • Your current, official high school transcript.
    • Ask your high school counselor to submit an official high school transcript and a School Profile, if your school has one. 
  • Self-reported ACT or SAT test scores (which is requested on your application). Scores can be sent after submitting your application but are required in order to review your application file for admission.
    • Students who are accepted and choose to enroll at Mines are required to request their highest exam score from the appropriate testing agency. Any discrepancies in the self-reported scores and those received from the testing agency could result in rescission of the admissions decision. 
How much does it cost to apply?

We waive the $45 application fee when you use our online freshman application.

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 provided to you via email.

How do I submit my official high school transcript?

How do I submit my official high school transcript?

  • After submitting your application online, you will have access to print or save a pdf of your application. Take the one-page Official Document Request included in the pdf packet to your high school counselor.
  • Your counselor will follow the instructions on the Official Document Request to send your transcript and high school profile to Mines. Sending these documents electronically is the fastest method. We ask that your official transcript and high school profile only be sent once – either electronically or by one of the methods below. Sending duplicates will slow the processing of your application.
    • Transcripts and other documents from your high school may be sent directly to Colorado School of Mines via the following methods:
      • Electronically through SENDedu by having your counselor follow the instructions on your personalized ‘Official Document Request’ form included in your completed application packet that you printed or saved after submitting your application online. SENDedu is a free, secure electronic document transfer service designed specifically for high school counselors who prefer to submit their students’ records online, or
      • By the electronic document service of your school’s choice, such as Docufide or Naviance, or
      • By FAX: 303-273-3509, or
      • By email:, or
      • By postal mail: Mines Admissions Office, 1812 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401
      • Please note: Any college transcripts that are hand-delivered, even in a sealed envelope, are considered unofficial. Please have the college/university send your transcript(s) directly to our office in order for them to be considered official.
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, if provided. These can be sent via the same method as your high school transcript. Please make sure your full name and birthdate are included so that we can get these matched to your application record. If your recommender provides you with the letter, you can upload it to your Applicant Portal.

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 and state what information you would like to change. Make sure to include your full name and birthdate in the email.

Regarding My Test Scores

How do I submit my ACT or SAT scores?
  • The most convenient and effective way for your ACT and/or SAT scores to be reported is to include them in your application. These scores will be reviewed as a part of the admissions decision. Students who are accepted and choose to enroll at Mines are required to request their highest exam score from the appropriate testing agency. Any discrepancies in the self-reported scores and those received from the testing agency could result in the rescission of the admissions decision. 
  • You can always request your scores sent electronically to Colorado School of Mines, but this is not required to complete your application. For the ACT, our code if 0500; for the SAT, our code is 4073. Test scores on transcripts will not be reviewed. 
Does Mines “super score” my exams?

No, we do not combine different test sections to produce a “super-score.” We review the highest composite score reported from either ACT and/or SAT.

Should I take the ACT or SAT exam more than once?

If you believe you can score higher it is in your best interest to retake the exam(s). When you apply to Mines, you are automatically reviewed for our merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are determined by a combination of your unweighted GPA (4.00 scale) and your highest composite test score submitted with the application. If you take a test after you submitted your application and test scores and have a higher score please contact before March 1 of your senior year to report those so we can evaluate if they impact any merit scholarship opportunities.

The Mines website says that it does not require the ACT writing portion for the application. Does it look better if I do take the writing portion?

The writing portion of the ACT is optional, but we will take notice of your writing skills if you choose to take it.

Regarding The Admissions Process

What is the status of my application and how can I tell if it is complete?

Approximately 24 hours after the submission of your application, you will receive an email that includes Applicant Portal log in information. Upon logging into this Portal, 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). Here, you will also view your admissions decision letter and then decision and enrollment requirements. Please contact if you would like us to resend your Applicant Portal access email or if you have any questions.

When and how will I receive a decision?


Those students whose file is complete by our priority deadline of November 1 will receive a decision before the holiday break in December.  Students completing their file after November 1 will  have their file reviewed with the same care as files completed prior to November 1, but the decision timeline will be extended and the decision could be impacted by the volume of applications and the space available in our incoming class.


We will send an email via the email provided in your application. This email will prompt you to log into your Applicant Portal. From there, click, “View Update” and you will see your admissions decision letter. Additionally, if accepted and you live in the United States, we will mail an acceptance packet.

Does Mines review applications on a rolling admissions basis?

Yes, we review on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner we receive your completed application, your official high school transcript and your ACT or SAT test scores, the better. We have a priority deadline of November 1, so do your best to complete your application, provide test scores and ensure that your official high school transcript 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 1, but the decision timeline will be extended and the decision could be impacted by the volume of applications and the space available in our incoming class.

Does Mines have an early decision that is binding?

No, Mines does not have an early decision application. Mines uses the priority deadline of November 1 and all decisions are non-binding. Thereafter, we accept on a rolling admissions basis.  Accepted students have until May 1 to confirm enrollment, which requires the submission of the Enrollment Decision Form and the $200 enrollment deposit, both completed via the Applicant Portal. 

Does the Admissions Office conduct interviews?

We do not have, or require, a formal interview process.  However, we would love to welcome you to our campus for a visit, or meet with you at recruitment events across the country. You can view our visit options here.  

I am home schooled. How will I be reviewed?

If you are home schooled, we will review you as we would review any other applicant, taking an holistic approach and reviewing all materials in their entirety. We may reach out via email if any questions arise about your coursework.