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Find out more about how Colorado School of Mines ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Colorado School of Mines Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 37 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is engineering.

Overall Quality

Mines is ranked #137 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Mines is also ranked #2 out of 23 schools in Colorado.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Mines?

Acceptance Rate

Colorado School of Mines has an acceptance rate of 56%, 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 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

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 96%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  96 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

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Good Overall Diversity at Mines

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,156 undergraduates at Mines with 4,930 being full-time and 226 being part-time.

Mines Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Mines is 72.36 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.36 out of 100
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How Much Does Colorado School of Mines Cost?

The overall average net price of Mines is $25,781. 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 +
$17,386 $19,898 $22,270 $28,901 $30,890

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,896 a year. That adds up to $31,584 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mines is 1.2%. 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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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 26 majors graduated from Colorado School of Mines. Of these students, 1,108 received undergraduate degrees and 484 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 327 $59,900
Petroleum Engineering 110 $68,800
Computer Science 102 $73,100
Chemical Engineering 90 $59,400
Biomedical Engineering 74 $65,900
Electrical Engineering 73 $69,400
Geoscience Engineering 65 $53,700
Engineering Physics 59 $60,600
Civil Engineering 54 $60,400
Metallurgical Engineering 46 $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

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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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