Colorado School of Mines
1600 Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3220
May 1 application deadline
May 1 accepted
Colorado School of Mines is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,795, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 491 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Colorado School of Mines's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,454 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,139 (2011-12).
For left-brained students who want to work in the sciences, opportunities abound at the Colorado School of Mines. A public engineering and applied sciences school in Golden, Colo., Mines has 21 academic departments including Hydrologic Science and Engineering and Geophysics. The school also offers degrees in Liberal Arts & International Studies and Economics & Business departments. When students aren’t studying, the school’s location is ideal for outdoor recreation. Golden is 13 miles from the state capital of Denver, and lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where students can bike, hike, and climb. The campus also has a fake rock wall for students to test their skills before attempting the Rockies. Cold-weather sports fans can partake in the annual Winter Carnival, a student-run affair packed with skiing and snowboarding at a local resort. The Mines sports teams, known as the Orediggers, compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which is mostly comprised of other teams from Colorado. The school mascot is Blaster the burro, and a giant ‘M’ emblazoned onto nearby Mount Zion signifies the school spirit. There are more than 140 student clubs and organizations, including seven fraternities and three sororities. First-year students do not have to live on campus, though about 90 percent opt to do so. Even the student newspaper, The Oredigger, is decidedly science based; sections include weekly roundups of new discoveries and a Geek of the Week feature.
Research opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate students at the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and the Unconventional Natural Gas Institute, two on-campus powerhouses for energy innovation. The school campus is also home to a geology museum, where students can check out displays from moon rocks to fossilized dinosaur tracks for free. Mines alumni garner some of the highest-paid starting salaries in the country, and have gone on to excel as engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Notable alumni include Andrew Swiger, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Mari Angeles Major-Sosias, vice president of AREVA’s International Network.
School mission (as provided by the school):
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world's institutions of higher education. Since its founding in 1874, the translation of the school's mission into educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. The world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental protection and Mines and its programs are central to the solution. Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention. With an undergraduate and graduate student body of about 4,850, Mines has a student/faculty ratio of 15:1 and an average undergraduate class size of 33 students. Mines is a uniquely Western school, not a typical college or university located in the western U.S. Situated in Golden, Colorado, against the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Mines community enjoys nearby hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking, fly fishing, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, and snowboarding - there are about a dozen major ski areas within 1 - 4 hours drive from campus. Denver and Boulder are within 20 miles of campus, offering all the attractions of a large metropolitan area. Among numerous campus improvements, two major construction projects are currently underway - a new, 291-bed residence hall which will open in the fall term, 2011; and a $33 million, 78,000 square-foot addition to the Division of Engineering and Department of Mining Engineering's, Brown Hall, which will make it the largest classroom facility on campus. Two more buildings will open in 2012-a new Student Wellness Center, and Marquez Hall - new, state-of-the-art facility for our Dept. of Petroleum Engineering. The social environment is informal and friendly, and the academic environment is competitive, but also collaborative. Mines attracts an ambitious and motivated group of students, staff and faculty, and the career and graduate school opportunities for graduates are exceptional. Mines offers 18 varsity sports and over 50 club and intramural teams. Students are active in more than 140 clubs and organizations including music, student government, Greek Life, religious, cultural, special interest and professional associations and groups. Mines is a dynamic center for research, and recognized as a respected leader in engineering education and applied sciences, especially related to Earth, Energy, Materials and Environment. The knowledge and skills that contribute to problem-solving in our global society and are attained through the undergraduate and graduate opportunities at Colorado School of Mines have never been more needed than they are today.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1874
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - suburban
2010 Endowment - $166,000,000
Selectivity - more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 46%
Application deadline - May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - February 1
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 16:1
4-year graduation rate - 37% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Engineering 88% Mathematics and Statistics 7% Social Sciences 3% Physical Sciences 2%