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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
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
School of Mines is a highly rated public college located in Golden, Colorado in the Denver Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,584 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the School of Mines acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Mining and Petroleum Engineering, and Engineering. Graduating 80% of students, School of Mines alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $69,200.
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401
About Colorado School of Mines...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

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
49%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
1290-1450
ACT Range
28-33
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,767/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,829/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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.59 responses
20%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.60 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,584Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
204
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Smart.
    50%
  • All of the above, but most aren't awkward
    21%
  • Hard-wroking, money-driven, awkward
    16%
  • All of the above including awkward
    8%
  • Dedicated and supportive
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.66 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.72 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Hard work that leads to very talented alumni
    67%
  • People don't give up on stuff. They keep on going.
    16%
  • Slacking off? Prepare to die.
    9%
  • Work hard, party hard
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$84,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses
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Mines is a fantastic school for anyone interested in STEM. It's curriculum is extremely difficult, which is why a degree from Mines is so valuable! The student body hosts a collaborative environment, which is very helpful when studying for exams or doing homework. Free time is hard to come by, but when you do you're surrounded by beautiful landscape, minutes from climbing, an hour from skiing. So happy to call Mines my home away from home!
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Colorado School of Mines is known for its academics. The return of investment is phenomenal! Small class sizes with professors fill you with education. However, with incredible academics comes a cost. The party scene is not that good, unless you join a fraternity or sorority.
I am currently taking a few courses with Colorado School of Mines and Red Rocks Community College, and must say that the staff, environment, and class structure is amazing! Courses go in-depth, however, teachers are always there for you if you need any help or questions with the information. Homework is also manageable with a part-time career, and the class-size is also balanced perfectly! Thanks!