Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Colorado School of Mines Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Colorado School of Mines was awarded 270 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mining engineering.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Mines as #100 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 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 #137 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mines?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Colorado School of Mines is a competitive 55%, 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 83% 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 620 and 700. Math scores were between 650 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 620 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 650 to 740 )
Mines received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Colorado School of Mines  ( 28 to 33 )

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Colorado School of Mines Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Colorado School of Mines, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colorado School of Mines

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 92% 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  92 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 59%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

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Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Mines is $26,750. 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 +
$17,276 $17,832 $21,449 $30,771 $32,024

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 42% of students took out student loans averaging $9,165 a year. That adds up to $36,660 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mines is 1.7%. 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?

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 113% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of Colorado School of Mines

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 28 majors graduated from Colorado School of Mines. Of these students, 1,058 received undergraduate degrees and 523 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 313 $67,473
Computer Science 125 $77,124
Chemical Engineering 104 $68,618
Petroleum Engineering 84 $88,785
Electrical Engineering 77 $72,022
Civil Engineering 67 $61,516
Geoscience Engineering 55 $57,619
Engineering Physics 51 $67,420
Environmental Engineering 46 $53,984
Metallurgical Engineering 43 $66,701

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 2019-2020, 660 students took at least one online class at Colorado School of Mines. This is an increase from the 299 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 660 126
2018-2019 299 82
2017-2018 128 29
2016-2017 96 5
2015-2016 28 2

Learn more about online learning at Colorado School of Mines.

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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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