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Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines, also referred to just as Mines, is a small public research university at the foot of the Rocky Mountains about 20 miles from both Denver and Boulder. Its principal academic focus is on engineering and applied science, with what it calls a "mission to enhance understanding of the earth, energy, and the environment." The university has about 5,900 students and enjoys a higher-than-average graduation rate. Admission is competitive, and students report that the curriculum is rigorous and classes are taught by professors who care. Athletes abound: The Orediggers play baseball, golf, soccer, and more in the NCAA's Division II. Mines students can also choose from some 200 organizations, or head off campus to check out a dozen nearby ski areas. A favorite campus tradition is E-Days, or Engineering Days, which takes place every spring and includes not only a cardboard boat race in a Colorado river but also concerts, a Tesla coil demonstration, and fireworks on campus. Another fun fact: Rather than a parchment diploma, graduates of Mines receive a silver diploma engraved with degree details.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$35,100
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,200
Average price for low-income students
$15,810
admissions
Acceptance rate
56%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
4,751
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
55%
% of need met
58%
% of students who get merit* grants
32%
Average merit grant
$8,272
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$25,000
Average salary within 3 years
$74,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
64%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Apr 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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