Colorado School of Mines

777 reviews
  1. Golden, CO
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Colorado School of Mines is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401
Website

Colorado School of Mines Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
SAT Range
1230-1400
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$25,138/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,149/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,964/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,926/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,250/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,144/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
20%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,240Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Smart.
    53%
  • Hard-wroking, money-driven, awkward
    18%
  • All of the above, but most aren't awkward
    15%
  • All of the above including awkward
    9%
  • Dedicated and supportive
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.62 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Hard work that leads to very talented alumni
    67%
  • People don't give up on stuff. They keep on going.
    18%
  • Slacking off? Prepare to die.
    10%
  • Work hard, party hard
    5%

After Colorado School of Mines

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$74,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses

Reviews

777 reviews
  • Excellent
    152
  • Very Good
    275
  • Average
    252
  • Poor
    68
  • Terrible
    30
My overall experience with the school is amazing! Although it is very tough and competitive, I wouldn't trade it for any other school. I have met some amazing professors, students, mentors, and teammates. I am truly blessed to be going to school with the best engineering classes and professors in the U.S. My favorite experience at CSM is being a student-athlete because everyone is very familiar with the nights full of homework, projects, and practice.
  • College Junior
  • 4 months ago
When I tell people where I go to school, usually they look at me like I'm crazy. "You go to the Colorado School of Mines?! That's hard work!". Yes, yes it is. I work my butt off, but I'm doing it with so many other students who have the same mindset. We all want to do our best and learn as much as we can from every experience. I even have enough time to be a part of multiple groups on campus including greek life. I wouldn't change my school for the world because it's just the right amount of crazy with a healthy dose of reality.
  • College Junior
  • 4 months ago
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!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 11 2015