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Reviews 619 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I've enjoyed the courses and the various activities that Mines offers. The only downside comes from the treatment I received from the Financial Aid office. Financial Aid is such a big part of college, and when the people who's job is to help you and guide you in the matter don't even treat you with respect or throw pity at you, it's horrible. The person whom I spoke to in the financial Aid office couldn't answer a lot of my questions and when I asked a question she didn't like, she said she could transfer or she'd provide a completely unrelated question to answer mine. To be blunt, I didn't have questions answered and when I got more questions, I simply try to avoid the financial aid office. Horrible experience/

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although the first semester of freshman year went rough with tough homework assignments, I was used to the atmosphere similar to my high school (a college preparatory school). Ever since then, I knew I wanted to go to Colorado School of Mines because not only dd it have great academic courses like math and physics but it is also one of the top-10 engineer schools for many career opportunities. In addition, it is close to my home and the view of the Rocky Mountains is picturesque! Be aware however that you have to really do well with your GPA or ACT scores to be admitted to Mines (at least the average).

The professors are fantastic and there are so many resources to help you do well, including the course help program CASA. Most importantly, the college stresses about collaboration; students are encouraged to work with others on certain problems and significantly with projects. Colorado School of Mines has certain classes involving actual work ethics that industries participate through teams, such as designing, organizing the best possible outcomes, and finalizing the results with presentations. All of these show that a student can even do more with team effort alone!

In addition to having great faculty and classes, there are so many attractions you and your friends can visit. The City of Golden has small businesses booming where students can walk from campus and even enjoy Clear Creek flowing East from the Rocky Mountains. Golden also has its unique history of certain places, including a mine near campus from the late 1800s. Fun activities include high gliding, water rafting, rock climbing, and so much more.

Overall, with a nice school fight song, Mines can make you a helluva engineer as long as you take advantage of its many opportunities! Good luck to anyone who wants to come to Mines; it is worth a lot to be a student there!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall experience has been good. It is more challenging than high school which is something that i like. The students that are here at this school are here because they want to and not cause they have too.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since Golden is a really small town, it can be hard to find housing close to campus AND at a decent price. It is not uncommon to be paying $700 dollars a month for rent, for a house that is 15 minutes driving distance. There are, although, a few great houses nearby that (if you are lucky enough) can get them if you know the people living there.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's a party almost every weekend, but you need to know people in fraternities or sororities to hear about them.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are TONS of places to eat at off-campus. There is a pizzeria close by (about seven minutes walking distance) called Anthony's pizza were the the food is DELICIOUS. They have a student deal where you get two HUGE slices of pizza and a drink for only six dollars, or, you can get a salad, a slice of pizza, and a drink for that same prize. You could probably get the two slices of pizza and share with a friend. Another great place to check out would be the frozen yogurt place. It is really cheap and the place there has tons of toppings to choose from - it's a great after-test treat!

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The dorm that I stayed in had very lenient policies on drinking; or at least, that's what it seemed like to me because my neighbors would constantly get drunk and even though the floor assistant saw them drunk, they wouldn't do anything about it. This affected me personally because I don't like being around these kind of people, but nothing aggressive or super bad ever happened so it's fine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: At first glance, the food is great and all, but after eating at the same places for a semester, the food can get quite repetitive. I am not saying that it tastes bad, but if you were to eat pizza and salad every day for a week, you would eventually get tired of it. The best thing about the campus would be how you can get exchange meals. Meaning that you can go to subway and instead of using your munch money (which is essentially stipend money for food that is included in the meal plan) you can use a meal exchange and get food as well. There are also options where you can go to Mines Market and get a box to go. This is really handy because sometimes you don't want go hang out with people or just don't want to sit down when it's busy to eat. You can easily take the food up to your room or someplace else and eat in peace. I very much liked Digger Den as well because they have a variety of food options to choose from. Whether it is a personal pizza, to a salad, sandwich, hamburger, or even something to drink or a snack, it is also a nice place to hangout with friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you want to get good financial aid, I would recommend talking to the counselors in person. It is always better to let them know what your family situation is, and why you desperately need the aid that you are asking for. I went into this school with only a few hundred dollars to spend towards my tuition, and after talking to one of the counselors about how I really wanted to go to this school but I needed aid, she made sure that she looked at all the options I had in order to give me the financial aid that I needed. I still have some loans, but I would have not been able to go to this school if I hadn't talked to a financial aid counselor.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the Traditional Dorms is not bad, especially if you want to make quick friends and have people hanging out in the hallways 24/7. After living there for a few months though, it can get annoying when people are standing out of you room hanging out with friends and talking late at night. If I could do it over again though, I would choose the traditional dorms because they have a family environment. People look out for each other, and there's always someone to talk to. If you would like more privacy though, I would recommend rooming in Elm Hall. It is the newest one of all the halls and the rooms are very spacious and there is also a kitchen on every floor. The social atmosphere isn't as exciting though, since the doors are hard to keep open and so they mostly remain shut, unlike the doors at the traditional dorms.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is expensive and very hard to come by. But if you are persistent you can find a deal.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is ok, but it's expensive.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: The school consists of mostly young students, so there's nothing going on for the older more mature community.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is pretty good off-campus dining. There's everything from traditional american to tibetan and thai to mediterranean.

1 College Junior

Administration: The administration has way too much red-tape and has no idea what's going on, on campus. The school might actually run better without them.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I went back to school after taking time after high school to work. This school is not helpful for people who transfer in from 2 year schools. Right now I'm fighting with financial aid to be able to borrow the money i need to get through this year. I graduate in 1.5 years, and yet the school is telling me I might need to take an entire year off and cross my fingers that there will be more money available next year.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: It's hard to get healthy cost-effective options.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing scene is challenging because there are so many working professionals here and so many rich kids here. The prices have sky-rocketed so it's very very difficult to find a good place at a good price. It's not uncommon to pay $3,000/mo for a house or $1,000 for a single bedroom.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: I hear from traditional students that the party scene is mostly non-existent. Many kids are into video games and that sort of thing, and plus everyone's weighed down with homework so it's hard for them to have any real fun.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Golden is an amazing town. There is a ton of variety in the small down-town area, and if one is willing to venture to the southern part of golden there are a lot of other less expensive options. Good variety, lots of healthy choices, and the prices aren't out of control.

1 College Junior

Administration: The administration is horrible because they are unaware, or ignore, the huge disconnect between what the school says it does and what it actually does. It says it gives the best engineering education in colorado. In reality, it encourages cheating over learning, and actually penalizes those who refuse to cheat.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: This school is set up for rich kids who at the drop of a hat can have thousands of dollars put towards their education. They offer kids who start as freshmen straight out of high school special grants etc. Meanwhile, non-traditional students get about 60% of their financial need met. After that they're on their own. Sometimes special loans will come out but for the most part the school doesn't care whether you can afford it or not because they know so many other richer people are clamoring to get in.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: They are raising the price of food while also making it fancier, but not any better. It's often unhealthy. Also, since they closed Slate and replaced it with Mines Market, their ability to handle the lunch time rush has dramatically decreased. This makes the wait even longer than it has been in the past.

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1 College Junior

Campus Housing: This school is very bad at educating and teaching engineering students, but is also very, very good at marketing and leveraging its reputation as a good school to attract students. I ended up going here because I had heard and read that it was the very best engineering school in Colorado. As it turns out, I've only had two or three professors who I think were good professors. All of my other professors were very sub-par. Not only that, but the school has an unspoken policy of drowning students in excessive homework assignments. This forces students to strive for good grades and shirk understanding the concepts. This leads to mass cheating. When the institution throws ridiculous assignments at the students and sees completed work come back, they decide to make things incrementally harder. If you are not part of a group that cheats, you end up spending all of your time working your hardest and only earning C's and D's. The administration is too proud to accept this reality.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I was a part of greek life and i very much enjoyed the greek community compared to other campuses where the greeks are separated by which house they are a part of. At mines, however, the greek all get along with each other


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