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Joe DelNero
Emilie Rusch

Mines ranked in top 25 among U.S. public universities

The Forbes rankings are based on alumni salary, student satisfaction, student debt, on-time graduation rate and academic success

Colorado School of Mines was ranked 23rd among public colleges in the United States and 20th in the West in the 2019 list of America’s top universities by Forbes.

The Forbes rankings are based on alumni salary, student satisfaction, student debt, on-time graduation rate and academic success, the last of which rewards schools for student PhD attainment, prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Forbes also considers what it calls American Leaders, which is based on the magazine’s database of successful people, including billionaires and leaders in public service and private enterprise.

Forbes highlighted that Mines is home to the largest collegiate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and the Geology Museum, which houses a moon rock from Apollo 17. Forbes also noted that 88 percent of Mines alumni land a job in their industry or pursue graduate degrees and have an average starting salary of $67,229.  

Mines was ranked 94th overall on the Forbes list. Among public colleges, it ranked behind only the U.S. Air Force Academy within the state of Colorado.

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About Mines
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.