Colorado School of Mines: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Stratton Hall at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO

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Colorado School of Mines is public research university with an acceptance rate of 53%. Located in Golden, Colorado, Mines is an 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 16-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 33. In athletics, the Orediggers compete at the NCAA Division II level.

Considering applying to Colorado School of Mines? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Colorado School of Mines had an acceptance rate of 53%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 53 students were admitted, making Mines' admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 11,756
Percent Admitted 53%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Colorado School of Mines requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 81% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 710
Math 640 750
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Colorado School of Mines' admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Mines scored between 620 and 710, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 640 and 750, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 750. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1460 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Mines.

Requirements

The SAT writing section is optional at Colorado School of Mines. The admissions office will evaluate the writing section if submitted. Note that Colorado School of Mines does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Colorado School of Mines requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 59% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 34
Math 27 33
Composite 27 33

This admissions data tells us that most of Mines' admitted students fall within the top 15% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Colorado School of Mines received a composite ACT score between 27 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Colorado School of Mines does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. At Mines, the ACT writing section is optional. The admissions office will evaluate the writing section if submitted.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Colorado School of Mines' incoming freshmen class was 3.78, and over 66% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Colorado School of Mines have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Colorado School of Mines Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Colorado School of Mines Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Colorado School of Mines. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Colorado School of Mines has a competitive admissions pool with high average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Mines has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule can strengthen your application, as can a glowing application essay. Applicants may also submit an optional letter of recommendation. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Mines' average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of 3.5 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of about 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chances of admission.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Admissions Office.