Colorado School of Mines Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Colorado School of Mines
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The Colorado School of Mines is a selective school with an acceptance rate of just 40 percent. Students will need grades and test scores that are above average to be accepted. To apply, interested students should send in an application, submit scores from either the SAT or ACT, and send in a high school transcript. The school does not use interviews as part of the admissions process, but the admissions office does encourage applicants to visit the campus. Letters of recommendation are not required, but applicants are welcome to submit them.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Colorado School of Mines Description

Located in Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines is a public engineering school with a specialized focus on the earth's resources, including minerals, materials, energy and related fields. The school has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado. The university has a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 33.

The Colorado School of Mines ranks well among national public universities, and its graduates with bachelor's degrees have average starting salaries that are among the highest of any public institution. In athletics, the Orediggers compete at the NCAA Division II level. Cycling has had a lot of success in recent years.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,069 (4,610 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 72% Male / 28% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $17,842 (in-state); $36,172 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,477
  • Other Expenses: $1,865
  • Total Cost: $32,684 (in-state); $51,014 (out-of-state)

Colorado School of Mines Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,992
    • Loans: $6,674

Academic Programs

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 77%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Wrestling, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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