Colorado School of Mines Reviews
Rating 3.68 out of 5 907 reviews
While I did not specifically enroll in any online classes, I did find myself in them. I actually found that the professors they have teaching the online courses were better then the professors that were teaching the same courses in person, making it more likely that I would learn from the online courses.
I find that Colorado School of Mines is a great school that does not have the problems that some larger schools have while still having the benefits that some of the larger schools actually have.
The school is alright at best. If you are applying here for chemical engineering, consider other options. The professors for chemical engineering are hit or miss. Some of the departments professors are amazing while others are legitimately terrible. I can't speak for other degrees, but for chemical engineering, the program is not worth the work load and investment. The school itself is alright, no major complaints other than the food and the requirement that freshmen live on campus which is expensive.
The professors were willing to work with students overall, but many did not know how to use the technology.
Online learning is super tough no matter what school you're at. Mines has done pretty good with their online course implementation.
I like this school because it is very academically driven. Personally I’m not too into the party scene and stuff like that, so it’s no problem to me that it’s lacking. The professors have all been very sweet, fun, and well educated on their subjects. Everyone is very willing to help you understand things better.
It was hard at first, and I imagine the transition was tough on teachers. But many adapted really well and I found myself in some instances preferring online formats.
Perhaps the best quality of Mines’ academic offering is the incredibly high ceiling for success and opportunity. If you show promise in your respective domain, professors will extend unique opportunities to you. Professors at Mines have extensive networks that they will connect you with if you perform well in their classes. Moreover, because this university is relatively small, the resources allocated to each student are absolutely unmatched. Professors are more willing to help you achieve success in any way possible than I have observed at any other university. If you are willing to work hard, Mines is a place that will reward you accordingly.
Though some of my classes have been either partially or fully remote, I have not noticed a decrease in the quality of education for any of these courses. Professors are accommodating and will make sure they deliver you the best education possible. Also, now that there is the option of remote learning in every class, you can rewatch recordings of lectures to help your studying process. It is a nice supplement to any already outstanding education. If anything, the necessity for remote accommodations has brought out the best in Mines’ staff and provided students with a more thorough education than available before.
They have an amazing engineering program and is very involved in the students activities. There are plenty of groups and originations to join to have a fun experience.
My first year at Colorado School of Mines was during Covid-19 and that is how my college experience started, but even with Covid, Mines made college wonderful. I still was able to create a connection with a community and was able to go to some classes in person. Even with certain rules and regulations, college at Mines is amazing. Yes, academics are challenging, but that what brings people closer together and you see yourself achieve things you never thought you could before college. Love the school and can't wait to see what a full college experience will look like.
I did take a few classes online in a hybrid style. The professors knew that this was a challenging time and they accommodated our struggles and we helped each other through the ups and downs. The professors keep what they would do in class and did the same tactics online. It went well, but the hard part was not making connecting with people in classes.
Although the courses are very rigorous, CSM will give a world-class education in engineering. Because the student body isn't very large, it's easy to get in touch with your professors and discuss your questions and curiosities. The campus is also very beautiful year-round, and Golden offers many activities outside of campus to keep you entertained. Mines also has this very interesting dedication to preparing students to use their skills in the real world through things like field sessions and internships and those are fun and often times help students to better understand the purpose of learning what their learning.
The actual learning part was nothing too special other than better tech in classrooms for the professors to use. It really varied based on class and professor though.
The courses are demanding but if you can manage, Mines is worth it. The area is a big part of the experience though. Golden has the small town vibe and is well seperated from Denver by South Table and pushed up against the Front Range. Almost everything is a reasonable walk from campus too. South Table, Clear Creek, and Lookout Mountain the centerpieces of the area and, again, their trailheads are less than 15 minutes from campus on foot.
As with any academic institution of long-historical standing, there are dark secrets hidden away in the dusty archives. From 1981-1985, I was a doctorial candidate of chemistry with stellar academic performance and novel published research. However, in order to support myself, I took a part-time position as a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Chemist at Region VIII of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where I discovered major fraud and corruption within the Superfund hazardous clean-up programs. I went on statewide public television in Salt Lake City, Utah, and leaked my analytical evidence to the Denver Post. My research funding was immediately severed, herculean demands were imposed upon me without equipment or reagents, and I was forced to terminate. I remain the only American sent to prison for "trespassing" upon his own titled home & personal residence of ten years prior. A "Whistle-blower" may be a champion of the people, but he/she is also a target of organized crime.
Back before the advent of the personal computer, there were no such media for remote learning experiences. Everything was direct hands-on lectures, research, and all other interactions.