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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 over 6,000 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 more than 250 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Classes will be largely in-person, with some options for fully online courses. All students are required to wear a face covering while indoors, and all common areas have a reduced capacity to promote physical distancing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$36,600
% of students who get any grants
74%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,900
Average price for low-income students
$18,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/31
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
4,910
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
56%
% of need met
59%
% of students who get merit* grants
33%
Average merit grant
$8,350
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$25,000
Average salary within 5 years
$71,300
% earning more than $28,000
89%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Classes will be largely in-person, with some options for fully online courses. All students are required to wear a face covering while indoors, and all common areas have a reduced capacity to promote physical distancing.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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