More than 200 employers were on campus to meet with Colorado School of Mines students, grads and alumni at the sold-out Fall 2012 Career Day on Sept. 11.

A wide range of industries were represented including petroleum, renewable energy, mining, engineering and aerospace.

“Companies are traveling from all over the world to attend and recruit Mines students and grads. This is because of the outstanding quality of their education and work ethic, as well as the high demand for engineers,” said Jean Manning-Clark, director of the Colorado School of Mines Career Center.

Job placement outcomes for Mines graduates are strong in spite of continued concerns with national and global economic conditions. Ninety percent of graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree had job placements following the 2010-11 school year, while 94 percent of graduates with master’s degrees and 98 percent of graduates with doctorate degrees were placed. More than half of Mines’ grads opted to stay in Colorado.

Mines is the top-ranked public university in the nation for starting salaries for graduates with bachelor’s degrees ($63,400) according to Payscale.com.


Colorado School of Mines has received a total of nine RPSEA grant awards over the years, or $6.5 million dollars, with another $3 million pending. It is among the top recipients of these awards in the nation (see diagram to the right).

RPSEA stands for Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, and is a based on the National Energy Policy Act of 2004, which provided some revenues from the sale of oil and gas produced on public lands (mostly in the West and the deep-water Gulf of Mexico) to support a nation-wide competitive grants program for research in relevant engineering, environmental and geoscience disciplines.  Program funds come through the Fossil Energy Program at DOE, and are managed by RPSEA as an independent operational arm of a consortium of industrial companies and research institutions.

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 9, 2012 – Bloomberg Businessweek described Colorado School of Mines as the “biggest bargain” in its recent list of colleges and universities that “pack a return on investment punch.”

Businessweek analyzed salary data from PayScale to find schools with below average tuition rates and above average return on investment. Colorado School of Mines came in no. 1 on Businessweek’s list with a 30-year net return on investment of over $1.1 million ($1.6 million for graduates) and total in-state tuition costs well below $100,000.

Other schools making the list include Virginia Tech, Purdue, Georgia Tech and UCLA. See the full list on the Businessweek website.


David Tauchen, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3088 / DTauchen@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu
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