Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Making the decision to transfer to another institution is a difficult one that involves a lot of factors—oftentimes the desire to hone in on specific academic and professional interests, sometimes financial, sometimes because of other life circumstances. Regardless of the reason, we welcome transfer students with open arms and appreciate the perspectives and experiences you bring to our community and classrooms.

Each academic year we welcome about 200 new transfer Orediggers that exude intellectual curiosity, academic promise and a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

Note: We define transfer students as those students who have graduated from high school and enrolled in college or university coursework after completing high school.


Approx. $76k average starting salary for Mines B.S. graduates


Course transfer from Colorado community colleges with articulated agreements (see below)


Numerous research opportunities available to transfer students


Strong connections with MEP, Veterans Alliance and Non-Traditional Student Alliance


Minimum Criteria

  • Completion of trigonometry and enrollment in Calculus I or higher
  • Enrolled in and/or completion of Chemistry with lab and/or Physics I with lab
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 (out of 4.0)

Preferred Criteria

  • Completion of Calculus I, II and III
  • Completion of Chemistry I and II (with labs), dependent on major
  • Completion of Calculus-based Physics I and II (with labs), dependent on major
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0)

PLEASE NOTE: Credits earned more than 10 years in advance of admission will not transfer.

  • $50 non-refundable application fee ($75 for international transfer students).
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges attended.
    • You can upload unofficial college transcripts via the Supplemental Materials section of your Applicant Portal.
  • Final, official high school transcript or copy of GED—applicants pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are exempt from providing high school transcripts.

One-on-one advising sessions are available to help you determine your requirement needs as a prospective transfer student! These thirty-minute advisement sessions are available Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) and typically involve a transfer credit evaluation, general academic advising and admissions requirements.


If you are unable to make these days/times, you can schedule an advisement by emailing


Mines Track to Transfer is a conditional acceptance given to applicants who do not yet meet our preferred admission criteria but we feel are on the “right track” and would be a great fit at Mines.  As such, we offer an opportunity to join our Mines Track to Transfer and enroll at Mines for a future term upon the condition that the applicant completes additional coursework at their current educational institution (or transfers to a Colorado Community College System (CCCS) school).  The student agrees to work on coursework that meets our preferred criteria of admission and guaranteed to transfer to Mines as part of our core curriculum.


The Mines Academy at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) helps you plan and complete prescribed coursework designed for a smooth transition to Mines to earn your bachelor’s degree. Along the way you will earn an Associate of Engineering Science degree from RRCC. 

The 2024 Transfer Admissions Application is Open


Spring Admission

  • October 1: Application deadline
  • November 1: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Fall Admission

  • March 1: Priority deadline for financial aid
  • April 1: Application deadline
  • June 1: Enrollment confirmation deadline

Please note:
October 1 and April 1 are the deadlines for completed application files (application submitted and an unofficial transcript on file).

Transfer student guide

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which courses I need to complete prior to enrolling at Mines?

Our Transfer Enrollment Coordinator will work with you to help determine the best courses for you to complete to ensure a strong foundation for the fast-paced and rigorous coursework you will encounter at Mines, as well as courses that will guarantee to transfer to Mines. The following link directs you to our Registrar’s Office webpages which highlights recommended transfer coursework:  You can set up a time to connect with our transfer enrollment coordinator here: or by emailing

Do I need to transfer to a CCCS school or can I continue taking courses at my current institution?

You are welcome to attend any accredited college or university of your choice.  We do, however, encourage students who are from Colorado, currently attending a college or university in Colorado, or considering moving to Colorado to strongly consider transferring to a community college in Colorado due to our articulated agreements and availability of guaranteed transferable and applicable coursework that is outlined.  You can find out more here: 

I was offered the Mines Track to Transfer – what do I do now?

The only requirement at this time is to complete the Mines Track to Transfer Decision form outlined in your admissions decision letter (available via your applicant portal) by the designated deadline.  Submitting the Track to Transfer form by the deadline holds your spot for the term for which you were conditionally offered admission and we will work with you and advise you on your next steps.

Is the Mines Track to Transfer a binding decision?

No.  You can submit the Mines Track to Transfer form and decide at any time that you no longer are interested in attending Mines prior to submitting your enrollment decision form and $200 deposit.

Is there a GPA requirement as part of my conditional acceptance?

Our minimum criteria is a 3.25 GPA.  Preferred is 3.5.  If your cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.25 we will want to see completion of additional coursework with As and Bs earned during that timeframe.  If you already have a strong GPA, we want you to continue demonstrating strong academic excellence in your courses.

Can I be denied admission if I don’t meet the criteria outlined as part of my conditional acceptance?

Yes.  If you do not complete the courses outlined in our preferred criteria and outlined in meeting with our transfer enrollment coordinator and/or you earn grades lower than As or Bs in your subsequent coursework, we will discuss future enrollment options.  This may entail extending the timeline of your conditional acceptance in order for you to complete more courses and/or improve your GPA or discussing whether Mines is the right fit for you.

When do I submit my enrollment deposit?

If you submit the Mines Track to Transfer form, we will remain in communication with you as a conditional accepted transfer student.  We will walk you through next steps including requirements to submit updated transcripts for us to review your academic progress and the deadline to submit your enrollment decision form and enrollment deposit.  

Community College Credits and Transfer Agreements

Colorado School of Mines is a signatory to the Colorado Statewide Engineering Articulation Agreement. Beginning with admissions in 2003-2004, this agreement determines the transferability of coursework for engineering students in the State of Colorado.

As a result, Colorado School of Mines has formal agreements with Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), Front Range Community College (FRCC), Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Community College of Aurora (CCA), Arapahoe Community College (ACC) and Community College of Denver (CCD). 

  • Review the advising guides for students who are taking courses through a community college with whom we have an articulation agreement.
  • For information about our articulated community college transfer agreements and course equivalencies, please refer to the Office of the Registrar’s transfer information page.
  • Please note that credits earned more than 10 years in advance of admission will not transfer.

All admission decisions are final, with one exception. If your admission to Colorado School of Mines is denied based on information you provided on your application for admission regarding your criminal history, pending criminal charges, or disciplinary history at another academic institution, you have the right to an appeal. Appeals must be in writing and should be submitted to the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at within 14 days of receipt of the admission decision. Appeals should include all relevant information you would like the Associate Provost to consider. You will be notified of the outcome of your appeal within 14 days of receipt.