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.

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 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

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