Colorado School of MInes

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. 

Read the full article from The Wall Street Journal now.

Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assistant, Mines Magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu
Jake Kupiec, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3067 | kupiec@mines.edu

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


Kathleen Morton, Communications Coordinator / 303-273-3088 / KMorton@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu

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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