Colorado School of Mines was ranked eighth in the nation on Payscale's list of colleges and universities with the highest return on tuition investment 20 years after graduation.

With a 20-year return on investment calculated at $909,000, Mines was the top-ranked school in Colorado, one spot ahead of the United States Air Force Academy.

Mines is a great value for students paying out-of-state tuition as well, with their net ROI of $840,000 good for 13th best in the country.

Mines was also ranked seventh on Payscale's list of best value colleges for science majors based on the return on investment specifically for science majors, and 18th on Payscale's list of best universities and colleges by salary potential with early career pay of $71,900 and mid-career pay of $136,100.


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Mines ranked as best public college in ColoradoColorado School of Mines was ranked 19th among public colleges in the United States and first among public colleges in Colorado in a 2018 list by Buffalo Business First, a sister publication to the Denver Business Journal.

Business First used a 22-part formula to develop their rankings, incorporating data such as admissions selectivity, retention and graduation rates, alumni earnings, tuition and housing costs and campus diversity.

Mines was the only university in Colorado to break the top 50 in the national rankings. Business First highlighted Mines’ 92.2 percent retention rate and the $82,100 median annual earnings for students 10 years after entering school.

Mines was also ranked fifth among schools in the West, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


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Colorado School of Mines students participate in the annual M ClimbThe latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report are out, and Colorado School of Mines again came out on top among Colorado universities. 

Mines made a significant jump in the national rankings released this week, moving to No. 75 among national universities from No. 82 last year. Mines was ranked 29th among public schools, up from 33rd, tied with Baylor and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

In both categories, that puts Mines firmly ahead of other schools in Colorado, including University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University. 

Mines was also ranked 38th among best colleges for veterans, 49th for best undergraduate engineering programs and 4th in petroleum engineering.

Mines scored highly in other recent college rankings, as well. 

Mines was rated the nation’s top school for engineering in the latest rankings from College Factual, a college choice resource, where it scored highly in a number of other categories.

The university was ranked 160th nationwide for overall quality and third across Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region.

The chemical engineering program was ranked second best in the country, and earned high ratings for value, popularity, and focus—a measure of funding, opportunities and connections. Chemistry at Mines was ranked No. 35 out of more than 400 programs in the nation. 

Mines’ programs in electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, geosciences, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering, petroleum engineering, applied math and statistics and chemistry all ranked highly for popularity and focus. Mines graduates in geosciences, metallurgical engineering, mining, petroleum engineering, math and chemistry were also noted for being among the highest paid.

Mines also received high rankings in the latest report from Niche, a website that analyzes public data sets and reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, grades and profiles for every college and K-12 school in the U.S.

Niche ranked Mines the No. 13 top public university and the No. 14 best college for engineering in the country, and 63rd overall. It was ranked 26th for best value and the 27th best college for chemistry. Mines also ranked highly for computer science (No. 54) and math (No. 61).

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Colorado School of Mines was ranked first in the nation among colleges offering degrees in engineering according to College Factual, a website dedicated to helping students find the best college fit.

The ranking listed schools with successful engineering programs using factors including graduate earnings, accreditation and overall college quality. Engineering physics was listed as the best-ranked major at Mines and the average starting salary for Mines graduates was $67,000.

Additionally, College Factual ranked Mines fourth overall in a list of the best Colorado colleges. 


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Colorado School of Mines has some of the highest-paid graduates in the country, according to PayScale’s 2017-2018 College Salary Report.

Mines ranked 18th in the nation for undergraduate earning potential, with median early career pay clocking in at $71,900 and rising to $136,100 by mid-career, according to PayScale. Within Colorado, Mines was second in the rankings, behind only the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Among all alumni, including those who went on to earn graduate degrees at any school, Mines also ranked high, with the 24th highest-paid graduates in the U.S. 

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Colorado School of Mines was ranked sixth in the nation in a Forbes list of public colleges and universities that have graduates with the highest mid-career salaries.

With mid-career earnings at $114,000, Forbes noted Mines’ selective admissions process and strong engineering programs. Mines was ranked second in Colorado, directly behind the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, which was fifth on the list.

Forbes also ranked Mines the 23rd top college in the West region in its 10th annual rankings of America’s Top Colleges. The rankings used variables such as post-graduate success, student experience and academic success.

Colorado School of Mines was ranked second in the nation by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking for schools that do the best in combining scholarly research with classroom instruction.

The article, "Great Research, Great Teaching," featured in the Sept. 28, 2016, issue of The Wall Street Journal discussed the findings of this new ranking system and recognized the top universities for their teaching excellence.

According to the article, the new ranking system “looked at how many research papers per faculty member each school produced and asked students to rate on a scale of 0 to 10 how accessible their professors were to them and to what extent the school provided them with opportunities for collaborative learning.”

“This ranking validates the uniqueness of Mines. Students and faculty working together engaged in teaching and discovery is one of the foundational qualities of our university,” said Paul C. Johnson, president of Colorado School of Mines. “This blending of our teaching and research missions is evident in the significant investments our donors and Mines have recently made in both faculty development and state-of-the-art research facilities.  It is also reflected in our hiring, which targets faculty who can successfully marry instruction with a passion for innovation and discovery.”

Mines was ranked just behind Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Correction to the article: Colorado School of Mines is a public university. 

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The Mines student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) placed fourth overall (out of 13 teams) in the Rocky Mountain Student Conference last weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The steel bridge team placed fourth overall and the concrete canoe team third overall in their respective competitions.

“There is some tough competition in our conference so we were happy to improve from 4th place last year to 3rd place this year,” said Rachel Steenerson, a civil engineering student who worked as the technical director on the canoe. “We really had an edge over the competition because we had an awesome group of EPICS students that worked on the aesthetics and display part of the competition during the spring semester so the senior design students were able to focus on the more technical aspects of the project.”

The complete ASCE rankings by competition are listed below:

  • Concrete Canoe: 3rd Place Overall

Senior Design Students: Heather Mergentime, Brett Mahon, Laura Brewer, Rachel Nagel, Rachel Steenerson, Dina Vakarchuk, Katie Herrera and Broc Patterson
EPICS students: Taylor Poynor, Cohen Turner, Melanie Stephenson, Aaron Graham, Jorge Rodriguez, Alex Deseau, Maito Okamoto, Jared Roberts and Jon Chesnut

  • Design Paper: 2nd Place
  • Oral Presentation: 3rd Place
  • Final Product: 4th Place
  • Race Results:
    • Women's Sprint: 2nd Place
    • Men's Sprint: 2nd Place
    • Coed Sprint: 3rd Place
    • Women's Endurance: 3rd Place
    • Men's Endurance: 4th Place
  • Non-Technical Paper: 3rd Place

Student: Jon Chestnut

  • Steel Bridge: 4th Place Overall

Students: Nikol Hall, Alexi Scherkenbach, Eli Ludtke, Max Ransom, Mark Sundstrom and Travis White

  • Mystery Design - 4th Place

Students: Melanie Stephenson, Jared Roberts and Aaron Graham

  • Pre-Design: 5th Place

Students: Taylor Poynor and Thomas Chesson

  • Technical Paper: 9th Place

Student: Rebecca Boggan

  • Charity Event: Habitat for Humanity coin donation box featuring a Colorado Ski Resort

Students: Jenny Mathew, Maito Okamoto, Nicholas Alexander Chavez, Ashley Rosacker, Krista Hickey and Emily Echelberger


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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.



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