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Colorado School of Mines Data & Information Overview

472 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
57% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Colorado School of Mines Ranked?

#48 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in CO
Geology & Earth Sciences Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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Colorado School of Mines was awarded 472 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is geology & earth sciences.

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Overall Quality

Mines is ranked #48 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Mines held the #59 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 33 colleges in Colorado, Mines is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mines?

57% Acceptance Rate
38% Of Accepted Are Women
53% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Colorado School of Mines has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Mines.

Average Test Scores

About 53% of students accepted to Mines submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 720. Math scores were between 660 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 660 to 750 )
Mines received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 29 to 33 )

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Colorado School of Mines Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Colorado School of Mines is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Colorado School of Mines is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colorado School of Mines

91% Freshmen Retention
62% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Colorado School of Mines enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Mines the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,918 Full-Time Undergraduates
23.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
31.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,200 undergraduates at Mines with 4,918 being full-time and 282 being part-time.

How Much Does Colorado School of Mines Cost?

$27,114 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
$40,036 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Mines is $27,114. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mines

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,977 $13,690 $24,461 $31,412 $33,480

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Mines, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mines, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $10,009 a year. That adds up to $40,036 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mines is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Mines Graduates Make?

$90,060 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mines make about $90,060 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Mines graduates since it is 112% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State
4,918 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Colorado School of Mines is a public institution located in Golden, Colorado. Golden is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for Mines are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3000

Colorado School of Mines Majors

28 Majors With Completions
1,061 Undergraduate Degrees
563 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 28 majors graduated from Colorado School of Mines. Of these students, 1,061 received undergraduate degrees and 563 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 299 $67,670
Computer Science 144 $72,458
Chemical Engineering 144 $70,029
Electrical Engineering 80 $72,556
Civil Engineering 73 $65,074
Petroleum Engineering 64 $94,022
Engineering Physics 59 $43,721
Metallurgical Engineering 46 $68,679
Applied Mathematics 38 $67,521
Environmental Engineering 33 $55,990

Learn more about the majors offered at Colorado School of Mines along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Mines

13% Take At Least One Class Online
3% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 919 students took at least one online class at Colorado School of Mines. This is an increase from the 660 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 919 236
2019-2020 660 126
2018-2019 299 82
2017-2018 128 29
2016-2017 96 5

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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