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Colorado School of Mines: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Colorado School of Mines offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Colorado School of Mines

Seated fifteen miles west of Denver in historic Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines is a 4-year public research university focused primarily on engineering and earth and applied sciences. The surrounding town of Golden, founded in 1859, used to serve as a center for gold mining in the area. Though tracing back to 1870, the college was assumed under Colorado state control in 1876. The School of Mines stays true to its mining heritage by being one of only a few universities of its kind on the forefront of mineral technology.

Despite its rigorous academic programs, students at the Colorado School of Mines celebrate school spirit with certain traditions. For example, entering freshmen take a rock to an M-shaped monument on the nearby hill and paint it white. Years later, they take the rock with them at graduation. Also, for 3 days in spring each year, students participate in Engineer's Days. The school's marching band performs wearing hard hats and flannel, as well.

The Colorado School of Mines sees itself as having a particular duty toward the earth, in that it seeks to manage and protect earth's mineral resources. The college conducts research to discover and improve renewable and traditional energy sources. Graduates of the college's bachelor's degree programs had average starting salaries of about $63,000 in 2011.

Academics

The university's thirteen departments include applied math, computer science, international studies, materials engineering, and mining engineering. Of the 68 available degrees and certificates at the school, students can choose from 12 bachelor's degree programs in multiple engineering disciplines, economics, and chemistry. Nineteen master's degree programs are available in engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, hydrology, and more. The school also has 4 Master of Engineering degrees in metallurgy, mining, and geological and petroleum engineering. Doctoral students can pursue 18 different degrees in applied sciences, various engineering fields, and mathematics.

The graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines is strongly research-oriented. The school has 38 research facilities on campus and provides local access to numerous research laboratories in mineralogy, supercomputing, renewable energy, and fuel cell construction. The school partners with the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to foster oil industry experience.

Leading the students in research is the School of Mines faculty, over 90% of whom have doctorates. The average class size is 33. On campus, there is a single library specializing in sciences and engineering. Accessible over ninety hours a week, the library allows access to numerous electronic journals for student research. A coffee shop is also housed inside.

Admissions

The Colorado School of Mines is selective. Of the 10,145 students who applied in 2011, only 45% were admitted. Of that group, only 19% enrolled. This could be due in part to the stringent admissions requirements that the school has. The School of Mines requires high school classes in a particular distribution, notably 3 lab sciences (including physics or chemistry) and 4 mathematics classes that culminate in trigonometry or above.

For consideration, students must have a high class rank, a GPA of at least 3.8, and an combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1300 or an ACT score of 29. The school requires its online application for admission, ACT or SAT scores, official transcripts, and an application fee of $45 (in 2011). The school accepts a number of AP exams for credit, even several in calculus and applied sciences.

In 2011, 95% of the students at the School of Mines were full-time. The undergraduate population was 74% were white, and 94% of undergraduates were less than 25 years old. Only 26% of the students were female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The total cost to attend, including housing, food, and other expenses, was $29,501 for residents and $44,531 for non-residents in 2012. This total included $1,500 in books and supplies and $2,064 in fees. However, this cost did not include non-required fees, such as for the yearbook or library. Graduate tuition does not vary by program, and rates were around $755 per credit hour for in-state students and $1,592 for those from out of state in 2012.

The Colorado School of Mines offers a few methods for students to defray the cost of attending. Tuition payment plans are available, as are several merit scholarships and other scholarships for athletics and ROTC. Students can also be awarded scholarships from various corporations and foundations.

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 3,947 undergraduates and 1,577 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 5 residence halls, 1, apartment complex and 1 suite-style tower; 1 family-friendly apartment option off-campus**
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs 13 departments, 68 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Bachelor's: General Engineering (259)
Master's: General Engineering (78)
Doctorate: Metallurgical Engineering (6), Materials Engineering (6), Geophysics and Seismology (6)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 40% in 4 years, 70% in 6 years for undergraduates who enrolled Fall 2005*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 45% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 880 first-time students in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 90% in 2011*
SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% SAT scores: 570-675 in reading and 630-710 in math
Middle 50% ACT scores: 27-31 composite*
Application Due Date Applications were due by April 1 in 2013**
Decision Notification Date 3 to 4 weeks after application**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition and Fees $14,453 for residents and $29,139 for non-residents in 2011*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010 for first-time undergraduates: federal grants (19%), federal loans (53%), state and local grants (17%), institutional scholarships (65%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83% in 2010 for beginning undergraduates*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Colorado School of Mines.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Colorado School of Mines, 1600 Maple Street, Golden, CO 80401
  • Phone: (888) 446-9489
  • Website: www.mines.edu

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