New Freshmen

New Freshman

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 1,100 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.

Let’s get started.

Please Note
The Fall 2019 freshman application will open on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Please check back then to begin your application. 

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
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • Official High School Transcripts


Application Deadlines

November 1st: Priority Application Submission Deadline

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of College Prep/Advanced Mathematics (including Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus)
  • 3 units of History or Social Studies
  • 3 units of Lab Science (one unit must be Chemistry or Physics, both are recommended if available)
  • 2 units of Academic Electives (such as Computer Science, STEM, Engineering or other College Prep Electives, per the students choice)
  • 1 units of Foreign Language


 GPA/Test Scores (middle 50% of enrolled freshmen): 

  • GPA: 3.68-3.96
  • Old SAT Comp (CR+M): 1270-1410
  • New SAT Comp (E+M):  1370-1470
  • ACT Comp: 29-32

  • 4,612 Undergraduate Students
  • 1,264 Graduate Students
  • 57% Colorado Residents
  • 30% Women
  • 18% Ethnic/Multi-Racial Representation
  • 49 States Represented
  • 68 Countries Represented
  • 16:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
  • 94% returned sophomore year

Frequently Asked Questions

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

To complete your admission application, we must receive your electronically submitted admission application and your current high school transcript. You will be asked to self-report your ACT or SAT test scores on your application. These scores will be reviewed as a part of the admissions decision. Students who are accepted and commit to enroll at Mines will be required to request their highest exam score from the appropriate testing agency. Discrepancies in the self-reported scores and what is received from the testing agency could result in rescission of the admissions decision. 

  • fill out the online application completely and submit it
  • ask your high school counselor to submit an official copy of your current high school transcript, and if your high school has a ‘high school profile’ your counselor should send a copy of it
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 commit to enroll at Mines will be required to request their highest exam score from the appropriate testing agency. Discrepancies in the self-reported scores and what is 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. 
How do I submit my high school transcript?

How do I submit my high school transcript?

  • After submitting your application online, you will have access to print or save the 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 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.
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.

How much does it cost to apply?

We will waive the $45 application fee if you use our online Freshman application or the Freshman Golden Admission application.

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 1, so do your best to complete your application and ensure that your high school transcript is 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 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 class.

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 birthdate are included so that we can get these matched to your application record.

Does the Admissions Office conduct interviews?

There is no interview process at Mines.  However, we encourage you to schedule a visit to campus!

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 Scholarship. 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 February 1 of your senior year to report those. 

Does Mines “super score” my exams?

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

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.

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 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 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 always postal mailed to the address indicated on your application.

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.

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 15 and all decisions are non-binding.  Accepted students have until May 1 to confirm enrollment.

I am home schooled. How will I be reviewed?

If you are home schooled we will work with you to fairly evaluate your file and will rely more on your ACT/SAT test scores.