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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, GOLDEN, COLORADO

Golden, ColoradoLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1874Established Year
  6209Enrollment

Colorado School of Mines: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines is a public research university offering around 70 undergraduate, graduate, research programs, minors and certificates related to different aspects of science and engineering. According to QS World University Ranking, this coveted institute of the US Education System is #1 for mineral and mining engineering in the world. 

The Colorado School of Mines’ undergraduate engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). With a total student enrollment of around 1,300 students, approximately 11% of whom are international students, makes the institute a worthwhile pursuit for studying in the USA as it ensures an atmosphere of learning and growth for diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Colorado School of Mines offers admissions in 2 seasonal intakes of fall and spring for graduate applicants and observes a common deadline of November 15 for undergraduate aspirants. It also requires a nonrefundable fee of 50 USD. The institute falls under the category of moderately selective institutes with an acceptance rate of nearly 56%.

Rankings

U.S. News and Report 2020

  • #84 in National Universities
  • #52 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #76 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #174 in Best Value Schools
  • #72 in Most Innovative Schools
  • #303 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #34 in Top Public Schools
  • #46 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #5 in Petroleum

Times Higher Education Rank

  • World University Rankings 2020: 301-350th
  • U.S. Rankings 2020: 169th

QS World University Ranking 2020

  • QS WUR Subject Ranking : #1 in Engineering – Mineral and Mining

Highlights

University TypePublic
Campus SettingSuburban
Annual Endowment286 million USD
Student Retention Rate92%
Work-study programYes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part time; online
Campus housing facility28 %
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Admission Helpdesk888-446-9489

Progarms, Campus and Accommodation

Campus

  • The campus of Colorado School of Mines is located in the mountain town of Golden.
  • The campus is spread across 373 acres and comprises of 17 buildings.
  • There are more than 200 student organizations and clubs related to music, student government bodies, Greek life and other activities.
  • Students can be a part of any of 18 intercollegiate athletic teams. These teams are known as Orediggers and participate in NCAA Division II and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Housing facilities/Residence

  • There are 8 residence halls at the institute designed in traditional and suite style and 7 theme learning communities.
  • The university plans to open a new residence hall in fall 2020.
  • Housing facilities are offered to both graduate and undergraduate students. The institute also offers assistance to students in finding off-campus housing.
  • The residence halls are known as spruce hall, weaver towers, elm hall, traditional halls and maple hall.
  • Facilities in residence halls include free laundry facility, Wi-Fi and internet connection, cable services, customer service, security card to open rooms, and smoke alarms.
  • Amenities featured in rooms are bed, desk, chair, dresser and closet space.

Courses

  • The University offers an array of courses for international students including degrees, minors and certificates.
  • It provides a total of 70 degrees both undergraduate and graduate programs, and 2 Non-Degree graduate certificates categorized under different schools: College of Engineering & Computational Sciences; College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering and College of Applied Science and Engineering.
  • The Colorado School of Mines is the world’s 1st graduate program for space resources.
  • The University is also #1 in the world for mineral and mining engineering.
  • Among special programs offered at Mines are Humanitarian Engineering, Mining Engineering, Data Science and Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Each class has 34 students on an average. Classes are conducted on student-faculty ratio of 16:1 with the help of 625 faculty members.

Colorado School of Mines Application Process

How to apply?

Application Portal: Online portal

Application Fee: UG applicants – 50 USD; PG applicants – 80 USD

Application Deadline: UG applicants - November 15; PG applicants – Fall semester: February 1; Spring semester: September 1

Basic Admission requirements

  • Standardized test scores of SAT/ ACT are optional requirements for applying to Colorado School of Mines. However, international students are advised to submit these scores as they can be useful for increasing chances of admission and also if they wish to play a NCAA sport. Average SAT verbal score: 550, Critical reading and math: 1380; Average ACT English score: 23, ACT composite: 31
  • High school GPA (un-weighted) – 3.8 on 4.0
  • English proficiency test scores – International students from countries where the native language is not English must take English proficiency tests and submit evidence as scores. Students who submit SAT/ ACT scores are exceptions to this requirement. The minimum requirements of these test scores are:
ExamUndergraduate/ Graduate
TOEFL - IBT79
IELTS6.5

Supporting Documents to be submitted with the admission application for evaluation include: 

  • UG applicants – high school transcripts, English proficiency test scores, SAT/ ACT scores, personal statement, recommendation letter preferably from a teacher/ counselor, proof of finances, information for visa.
  • PG applicants – official transcripts and mark sheets from all previously attended institutions, 3 recommendation letters , GRE/ GMAT scores, English proficiency test scores, statement of goals, updated resume with details of education and profession, financial statement of support.

Colorado School of Mines Cost of Attendance

For all the prospective students of the institute, anestimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below. 

Undergraduate students

ExpenseEstimated Cost
Tuition37,350 USD
Fees2412 USD
Room and Board14,211 USD
Books and Supplies1500 USD
Personal Expenses1229 USD
Transportation650 USD
Loan Fees41 USD
Total57,393 USD

Graduate students

ExpenseEstimated Cost
Tuition37,350 USD
Fees2412 USD
Room and Board16,700 USD
Books and Supplies1500 USD
Miscellaneous Expenses1800 USD
Transportation1300 USD
Total40,362 USD

Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • The institute offers an array of different forms of financial support to its applicants including awards and  scholarships for international students to study in the USA.
  • In the previous academic year, the University has spent more than 27.9 million USD.
  • Over 85% of the students receive financial aid either in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work study programs.
  • Students seeking financial aid must complete FAFSA latest by March 1.
  • Under the work study program, students can work for maximum 10 hours in a week and they will be paid on the 15th and last day of each month.
  • The University awards scholarships on the basis of merit, athletic involvement and enrollment to select programs. Some of these scholarships for prospective students are tabulated below:
Name of ScholarshipEligibility CriteriaAmount Awarded
Provost AwardCumulative GPA – 2.08000 USD
President’s Merit ScholarshipCumulative GPA – 2.510000-14000 USD
Mines Merit ScholarshipUn-weighted GPA/ Composite ACT/ SAT scoresVariable

Alumni Network

  • As members of the alumni association, each can use the Alumni Job Center, license plate, access to the Student Recreation Center, library, avail discount s on hotels, travel and insurance, 10% off on purchases made from Mines gear.
  • Distinguished alumni of the University who have been awarded with CSMAA award are: Bud Isaacs – Second Lieutenant in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ken Brettmann – Manager of the Hydraulic Engineering Section of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kendra Lema – youngest member of the Mines Century Society.

Placements

About 95% graduates of 2018-19, either found jobs or got admitted to graduate school. Mines graduates earn an average starting salary of 69,375 USD.

Nearly 94% bachelor’s students, 97% master’s students and 100% of the PhD students have seen positive outcomes after graduating from the institute. DiggerNet is the University’s online recruiting system where students can create resumes, practice interviews, register for events, schedule interviews, explore job opportunities etc.

The school organizes Career Day twice a year in September and February to help students connect with employers.

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Colorado School of Mines Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population6910
FAFSA Code001348
Application Cost$45
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$37,314 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score138013101450 33%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing675640710-
Mathematics705670740-
ACTCheck Detailed Score302832 88%
English302733-
Mathematics312833-

Colorado School of Mines Acceptance Rate

55.7%

Acceptance Rate

10618

Total Applicants

6910

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

66.8%

Male

33.2%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program55.7%
Total Applicants8635
Total Enrolled4811
Graduate
Graduate Programs55.7%
Total Applicants3768
Total Enrolled2099

Colorado School of Mines Enrollment

Enrollment
Colorado School of Mines Enrollment6910
Undergraduate Enrollment4811
Graduate Enrollment2099
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate73.0%

Attendance Cost

$37,314

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$34,867 / Year
Post Graduate Program$37,314 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,500 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$11,897 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,865 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$9,072 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,610 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,500 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
47704080690650
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    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    9.2/10

    10/10academic
    10/10infrastructure
    10/10placements
    10/10faculty
    9/10extracurricular
    6/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Katie varnadoe, USA Civil engineering
    Colorado School of Mines
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    9.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    THE MINES EXPERIENCE

    I was living in Florida and got a mailer from school. My family was in the process of moving to Colorado so I looked at Mines and the other large Colorado schools and really fell in love with the small size and feel of the campus. Everyone is friendly, and the coursework is rigorous. Many companies know Mines by name and seek out interns that are from our school which has been awesome in finding job opportunities!


    Course Curriculum - 

    It's very rigorous and pertains to many aspects of civil engineering. You can customize your major by choosing electives in your interest of civil, which for me is construction. Many people are fond of structural or geotechnical as emphasis options as well.

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    infrastructure
    6 /10
    accomodation/food
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    placement
    9 /10
    extracurricular
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    1500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401
    ADDRESS

    NEARBY THIS CAMPUS


    Book Store

    Mines Bookstore0.18 Km
    Golden Cliffs Chiropractic - Dr. Colleen Vaillancourt, D.C. - Divine Healing Reiki0.55 Km
    Love And Logic Institute, Inc0.97 Km
    Barnes & Noble5.5 Km
    FYE5.72 Km

    Restaurant

    Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture Center0.35 Km
    Table Mountain Inn0.37 Km
    Woody's Wood Fired Pizza0.42 Km
    Mountain Toad Brewing0.79 Km
    Ali Baba Grill1.89 Km
    Mannie & Bo's Pizzeria3.77 Km
    Subway4.05 Km
    Lil' Ricci's4.07 Km
    Croc Soup Company4.07 Km
    Rock Rest Lodge4.16 Km
    Twin Peaks5.87 Km
    Panda Express5.9 Km
    Teller's Taproom & Kitchen6.92 Km
    Smashburger7.04 Km
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    Pharmacy

    Safeway Pharmacy0.61 Km
    Walgreens Pharmacy2.7 Km
    James Leano, RPh2.71 Km
    King Soopers Pharmacy2.86 Km
    Belmar Pharmacy4.08 Km
    Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic5.03 Km
    Gary F. Glascock, RPH5.74 Km
    CVS Pharmacy5.94 Km
    Vaughan Pharmacy Design Pro6.91 Km
    The Little Clinic7.23 Km
    Spoerke David7.77 Km
    Patricia P. Saunders, PharmD7.92 Km
    Pharmacy | Kaiser Permanente Wheat Ridge Medical Office7.92 Km
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    Super Market

    Natural Grocers1.26 Km
    EAST TIN CUP MARKET3.86 Km
    Whole Foods Market5.49 Km
    Target Grocery5.94 Km
    United Pacific6.84 Km
    Blue sky nails and spa7.21 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Kiwanis Bike Recycling2.56 Km
    Golden Town Center2.84 Km
    Denver West Village5.51 Km
    Sunglass Hut5.69 Km
    Colorado Mills5.83 Km
    Green Tea HP (Colorado Mills Mall)5.94 Km
    Denver West Plaza6.06 Km
    Applewood Village7.14 Km
    Westwoods Shopping Center7.98 Km
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    Airport

    Morton Heliport4.94 Km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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