About Mines

Colorado School of Mines
Earth | Energy | Environment

Colorado School of Mines is a uniquely focused public research university dedicated to preparing exceptional students to solve today's most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Our respected faculty and challenging curriculum equip Mines graduates with the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to positively impact our world.

Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Mines ranks in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report's listing of "America's Best Colleges" and was dubbed the top public university in the nation for return on investment in Payscale. com's "Colleges Worth Your Investment" list. 

In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. Mines prepares graduates to be good stewards of the environment and productive forces in helping society meet its need for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Colorado School of Mines is located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, close to Denver and several ski areas and accessible via Denver International Airport

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Mines by the Numbers, 2015-2016

1: The largest collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers

2: RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup recipients

18: Intercollegiate athletic teams at Mines

30: Average ACT score for entering freshmen

87, 95, 100: Percentage of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD graduates who had positive outcomes upon graduation in 2014-15

94: Freshman to sophomore retention percentage rate

180: Student organizations on campus

5,794: Degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students

$40.6 million: Amount given by donors during fiscal year 2014

$63.8 million: Total research awards in 2014, roughly half funded by non-federal sources

$273 million: Total Mines endowment as of June 2015



Chemical & Biological Engineering 680 65 745
Chemistry    75  55 130
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 164 125 289
Physics    232  72 304
Economics & Business 17 143 160
Geology & Geological Engineering 133 173 306
Geophysics  155  77 232
Liberal Arts & International Studies     7 7
Mining Engineering    101 53 154
Petroleum Engineering 874  97 971
Applied Mathematics & Statistics    89 35 124
Civil & Environmental Engineering 291 129 420 
Electrical Engineering &
  Computer Science
486 93 579
Mechanical Engineering 1,091  137 1,228
UNDECIDED   145    145





Cost of Attendance 


   Resident Non-resident
Tuition  $15,225  $32,700
Fees  $2,128 $2,128




Mines is ranked

#1 engineering school in USA TODAY College’s “The top 10 engineering colleges in the U.S.”

#1 public university in the state, #53 in nation by The Business Journals.

#1 public school in the state for best value colleges (average starting salary for graduates: $66,700), #2 in the nation by New York-based SmartAsset.

#7 in Brookings’ ‘value-added’ college rankings.

#22 in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

#29 in U.S. News and World Report’s Top Public Schools in2015 Best Colleges.” Mines also ranked #41 in Best Engineering Programs (where the highest degree is a doctorate), #56 for graduate schools in Best Engineering Schools, #75 for Best National Universities.



Mines faculty and students (both graduate and undergraduate) explore new frontiers in a diverse research portfolio. Topics range from solar photovoltaics to unconventional oil and gas, from human-device interactions to fuel cells, from algal biofuels to advanced composites, from underground construction to computational modeling.

In 2015, research awards totalled $63.8 million, with roughly half funded by non-federal sources.

For more information, see research.mines.edu.


Artwork on campus


Geology Museum

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, located at 1310 Maple St. in Golden, contains extensive displays of minerals, mining artifacts, meteorites, fossils and gemstones as well as a walk-through mine exhibit. Admission is free. 

Highlights include an introductory video on area geology, the Miss Colorado Crown, as well as colorful ultraviolet mineral displays. Murals originally exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 by artist Irwin Hoffman depict the history of mining and can be seen in the main gallery. Moon rocks from Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 are also displayed. The Museum Gift Shop, on the lower level of the building, features a variety of minerals, fossils and books.

For more information, see mines.edu/Geology_Museum, call 303-273-3815, or email geomuseum@mines.edu.