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Colorado School of Mines Admissions Information

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO (map)


The Colorado School of Mines is a research university known for its excellence in academia–specifically for its programs in engineering and applied sciences. The school was named a Top 30 Public University in the U.S. News and World Report. Since its founding in 1874, the school has focused on the needs of society and focuses on understanding the earth, energy, and environment. Mines is dedicated to finding solutions in environmental protection and for the world's resource crisis, and is one of the few institutions to offer broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production, and utilization. Although it is a research institution, Mines offers personalized attention in its small classes taught by committed faculty. With an academic environment that is both competitive and collaborative, Mines is generally considered to be one of the best engineering schools.

Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, students of Mines enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, fly fishing, rock climbing, white-water rafting, and other adventure sports and outdoor activities. The school offers 18 varsity sports and over 50 club and intramural teams. For those attracted to a metropolitan area, Denver and Boulder are within 20 miles of the campus.



Basic Info

Main Address: 1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone Number: (303) 273-3000  
Website: www.mines.edu  


Type of school: Public  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,675  
Percent out-of-state: 29%  
Percent international: 6.24%  
Female to Male ratio: 25:75  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 15:1  
Most popular majors: Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC(Air Force, Army)
Study Abroad
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Men's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Jazz band
Marching band
Musical theater
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #1, Top State Universities By Salary Potential
  • Ranked #4, Best Engineering Colleges By Salary Potential

Admissions Information

The Colorado School of Mines admits 63% of its applicants. Although Mines has an above-average acceptance rate, the school attracts top students in its niched field of study. The school hasa simple admission process: essays and recommendations are not required. A student's academic record and test scores are given the most weight and an applicant should rank in the top third of his or her class.

Mines is also interested, though to a lesser extent, in extracurricular activities, character, talent, state residency, and alumni relation. When applying to the Colorado School of Mines, a student's GPA, secondary school curriculum, and test scores are the most important.

Admissions address: Undergraduate Admissions
CSM Student Center - 1600 Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone number: (303) 273-3220  
Fax number: (303) 273-3509  
Admissions Website: https://www.mines.edu/admissions/  
Email: admit@mines.edu  
Contact Person: Bruce Goetz  
Number of first-year applications received: 7,190  
Percent of applicants admitted: 63%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: May 1  
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Interview (optional)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (Writing is recommended)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Contact school for specific policy.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4073  
ACT code: 0500  
Learn more about other Top Colorado schools:
Regis University   University of Northern Colorado   Colorado State  

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