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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Colorado School of Mines is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401
Website
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Colorado School of Mines Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
40%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
1250-1420
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,097/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,542/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,209/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,525/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,699/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,476/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
19%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,395Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Smart.
    53%
  • All of the above, but most aren't awkward
    17%
  • Hard-wroking, money-driven, awkward
    17%
  • All of the above including awkward
    8%
  • Dedicated and supportive
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.64 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Hard work that leads to very talented alumni
    68%
  • People don't give up on stuff. They keep on going.
    17%
  • Slacking off? Prepare to die.
    10%
  • Work hard, party hard
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$82,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses
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Colorado School of Mines Reviews

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Colorado school of Mines is a home. The engineering academics are unrivaled by any other public university, the environment is comfortable and beautiful, it’s the perfect place for any engineer major looking for a real challenge while still making the best of life. The amount of clubs and activities offered is unreal and unmatched. The campus is picture perfect, the admin are kind and really try their best to make sure you’re coming in prepared and are willing to help with any issues. The athletic teams are excellent and a good time. It’s an amazing place to be if you’re looking to be an engineer
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It is hard. It gets harder. I won't lie to you there.

But if you work for it, get help from others, and help them in return, you'll get one of the best educations available in America.

I'm a undergoing my junior year, which is one of if not the toughest years for engineering physics students. I am also going for a minor in creative writing and communications. Despite the large focus on engineering and sciences, there are opportunities to go outside of that a bit.

After I finish my undergrad, I plan on getting a masters in electrical engineering and then joining the work force.

If you decide to come, make sure to talk with your teachers and advisers whenever you start having problems. They are there to help, and will provide some of the best assistance you could ask for.

This is a school for success, not for partying. People still do of course, but the people who stay past freshman year know that they are serious about their education. And you better be too.
The professors put great effort into student's learning and understanding the concepts of the class. The work level is difficult but can be doable with some time management This university was a nice change from high school; since the acceptance rate is moderately low, students try more and put more effort into assignments and group work. While the homework and general schooling can take up much of your time, students still have plenty opportunities to have fun. There are several places to hike in the area as well as multiple fun events put on by the school. Overall, it was and still is a wonderful experience.