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Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO 4-Year Public

About Colorado School of Mines

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

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines currently enrolls around 6,754 students a year, including 5,216 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $289,011,000. For each full-time student, Colorado School of Mines spends about $17,269.

2021 Admissions Facts About Colorado School of Mines

Acceptance rate: 55%

Average GPA: 3.78

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: November 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Colorado School of Mines Acceptance Rate

Colorado School of Mines is a very difficult school to get accepted to. Around 55 percent of all applicants to Colorado School of Mines are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.78 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 1,049 applicants were waitlisted and 134 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Colorado School of Mines a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 998 students who started at Colorado School of Mines as first-time freshman, 652 graduate within four years.

Colorado School of Mines's six-year graduation for undergrads is 84 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 95 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $73,322 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,684 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Colorado School of Mines sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Colorado School of Mines a good school for YOU?

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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

Nov 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colorado School of Mines is Apr 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

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


27 to 33


27 and Less


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Colorado School of Mines SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

640 - 750


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

Colorado School of Mines Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Colorado School of Mines is like? There are approximately 6,605 students enrolled at Colorado School of Mines, including 5,154 undergraduate students and 1,451 graduate students. 96% 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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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

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