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Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines Overview

Colorado School of Mines is a public, state school in a small town setting in Golden, Colorado. Colorado School of Mines was founded in 1874 and the school currently enrolls around 7,172 students a year, including 5,491 undergrad students. Colorado School of Mines provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester.

Student Involvement at Colorado School of Mines

Interested in music or performing? At Colorado School of Mines you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Colorado School of Mines students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Colorado School of Mines has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Colorado School of Mines has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Colorado School of Mines on the Student Life page.

2022 Colorado School of Mines Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 53%
In-State Tuition $17,520
Out-of-State $39,600
Percent of Need Met 60%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,580

Is Colorado School of Mines a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Colorado School of Mines offers and if the school seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is very difficult to get into. Around 57% of applicants get into Colorado School of Mines each year. Last year, 12,022 students applied to Colorado School of Mines and 6,838 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colorado School of Mines

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 91% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Colorado School of Minescome back the next year. Colorado School of Mineshas a six year graduation rate of 83 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Colorado School of Mines Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Colorado School of Mines by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 92% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Colorado School of Mines grads have an average starting salary of $76,000 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Colorado School of Mines's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Colorado School of Mines's endowment was valued at $289 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $16,440 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Colorado School of Mines

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Colorado School of Mines meets 60% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,580 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,680 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Colorado School of Mines.

Based on this information, does Colorado School of Mines seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Colorado School of Mines a good school for you?

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Where is Colorado School of Mines?

Colorado School of Mines is located in the small town setting of Golden, Colorado, less than an hour from Denver.

If you want to see Colorado School of Mines for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-70 (East/West), I-25 (North/South) to Golden, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Denver International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Colorado School of Mines and Golden are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1500 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401-1887

Campus Setting: Small Town

Colorado School of Mines Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colorado School of Mines is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colorado School of Mines is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Colorado School of Mines ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Colorado School of Mines is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Colorado School of Mines. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Colorado School of Mines SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1460


Math SAT Range

660 - 750


Reading SAT Range

650 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1320 to 1460


1320 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colorado School of Mines students is 1390. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colorado School of Mines, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado School of Mines Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Colorado School of Mines is like? There are approximately 7,172 students enrolled at Colorado School of Mines, including 5,491 undergraduate students and 1,681 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 58% percent are from CO and 42% percent of students are from other states.


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