First-Year Students

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.


                                      The 2020 First-Year Admissions Application is Open!

First-Year Student Admissions at a Glance

You are a first-year student 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 counselor 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

Please note: November 1 is the priority deadline for completed application files (application submitted and an official transcript on file). If your application fil is complete by November 1, then you should expect an admissions decision sent via email before mid-December.

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