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Colorado School of Mines Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Colorado School of Mines. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Colorado School of Mines Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Colorado School of Mines was awarded 42 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is engineering.

Overall Quality

Mines is ranked #86 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Mines also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.

See all of the rankings for Colorado School of Mines.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mines?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Colorado School of Mines is a competitive 56%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 33% 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 640 and 710. Math scores were between 670 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 640 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 670 to 740 )
Mines received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 28 to 32 )

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Colorado School of Mines Faculty

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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Colorado School of Mines is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colorado School of Mines

Freshmen Retention Rate

Colorado School of Mines has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 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 49%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  49 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Colorado School of Mines.

Average Overall Diversity at Mines

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,788 undergraduates at Mines with 4,584 being full-time and 204 being part-time.

Mines Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Mines scored 57.62 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  57.62 out of 100
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How Much Does Colorado School of Mines Cost?

The overall average net price of Mines is $25,710. 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 +
$15,813 $16,957 $20,099 $28,655 $30,164

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 $8,485 a year. That adds up to $33,940 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mines is 1.4%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mines make about $84,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Mines students since it is 108% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Colorado School of Mines make the most money.

Location of Colorado School of Mines

Located in Golden, Colorado, Colorado School of Mines is a public institution. Golden is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Colorado School of Mines

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 23 majors graduated from Colorado School of Mines. Of these students, 1,098 received undergraduate degrees and 481 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 306 $59,900
Petroleum Engineering 175 $68,800
Computer Science 83 $73,100
Chemical Engineering 77 $59,400
Engineering Physics 71 $60,600
Electrical Engineering 69 $69,400
Geoscience Engineering 66 $53,700
Civil Engineering 54 $60,400
Biomedical Engineering 52 $65,900
Metallurgical Engineering 45 $66,000

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

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 2017-2018, 128 students took at least one online class at Colorado School of Mines. This is an increase from the 96 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 128 29
2016-2017 96 5
2015-2016 28 2
2014-2015 31 6
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Colorado School of Mines.

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