Mines ranked first for value among Colorado colleges

Colorado School of Mines has been ranked number one in Colorado in value for the second straight year in a study by financial technology company SmartAsset.

Mines was ranked 13th in the nation in the annual study, which considers scholarships provided, tuition, living costs, graduates’ starting salaries and retention rates to see which institutions provide the most bang for the buck.

Mines graduates’ average starting salary of $65,200 is 17th highest among the colleges in the study, and second only to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Mines was also recently ranked the 18th best public college in the country and the best in the state in a study by Business First, a Buffalo-based publication that uses the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to identify the institutions that offer the best educational experiences.

The study covered 499 public universities and colleges. Mines was ranked 50th in last year’s rankings.

“The highest scores went to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities,” according to the study.

Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu
Ashley Spurgeon, Editorial Assistant, Mines magazine | 303-273-3959 | aspurgeon@mines.edu

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Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.