Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

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Earth • Energy • Environment

At Colorado School of Mines, we do more than just prepare you for your future. Want to learn how to create lasting positive change in areas related to the Earth, energy, or the environment? Done. Want rich, engaging experiences that will set you up for a successful future? You got it. We’re known for the quality of our distinctive graduates, unique expertise, and unparalleled opportunities, and we can’t wait to help you start your journey toward being our next success story.

Solving grand challenges
The Mines curriculum is broad and rigorous with an emphasis on hands-on experiences and collaborative approaches. Students and faculty are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in areas such as mineral exploration and subsurface characterization; renewable energy sources and technology; advanced water treatment; robotics and high-performance computing.

More than STEM
Mines students graduate with a strong sense of integrity, resilience, confidence in tackling new problems, the ability to work in collaborative environments, an enhanced sense of responsibility to promote positive change in the world, and pride in their Mines degree.

Colorado School of Mines’ inclusive, welcoming community provides many opportunities to get involved and make lifelong friends. We want you to feel at home and are committed to supporting a safe and engaging campus environment that allows all students to find success academically and socially.

Take advantage of everything Student Life has to offer—choose from 200+ student organizations, join an intercollegiate or intramural sports team, find new ways to use your creativity with several artistic avenues or adventure in the great outdoors and the City of Golden. It’s all here waiting for you. Get involved. Have fun. Embrace being an Oredigger.

We get it—you want to solve some of the major problems of our time and change the world. You want to be the next Rosalin Franklin. The next Steve Jobs. But we can do you one better—we can help you become the next you.

At Mines, you can choose from a variety of unique, top-notch programs in engineering and applied science that will take your education to the next level and prepare you to take on the world.

As an undergraduate at Colorado School of Mines, you are an integral part of a world-class institution. Our innovative, hands-on degree programs provide a robust technical education, with training in areas such as communication, leadership, teamwork, and ethics. You will graduate as a top recruit for companies and government agencies around the globe and be ready to change the world for the better.



#1 Safest College Campus in Colorado |, 2019


#4 Top 10 Best Engineering Colleges in the United States | Money Magazine, 2020


#38 Top Public Colleges in America | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


#1 Mineral and Mining Engineering | QS World University Rankings, 2021


#1 Top Public Colleges in Colorado | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


#8 Best Value Colleges (#1 in Colorado) | SmartAsset, 2020



Home of the Mines campus since 1874, the picturesque City of Golden offers access to Colorado’s famous outdoor adventures, as well as to the many attractions of nearby Denver. Golden offers several museums and restaurants to experience in town.

Fast Facts

• 6,522 degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students
• Students from 83 countries and 50 states
• 70+ degrees and programs to choose from
• 18 intercollegiate athletics teams at Mines
• 8,000 acres of regional open space surrounding Golden
• $73,322 average starting salary for Mines graduates
• 92% first-year to sophomore retention
• Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82% of the student body receives some form of financial aid.
• Located only 8 miles from Red Rocks Amphitheatre
• 10 makerspaces fuel innovation and provide hands-on experiences

Areas of Study

• Applied Mathematics and Statistics  
• Biochemistry  
• Business Engineering and Management Science      
• Chemical Engineering
• Chemistry       
• Civil Engineering        
• Computer Science      
• Construction Engineering      
• Economics      
• Engineering    
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics   
• Environmental Engineering   
• Geological Engineering          
• Geophysical Engineering       
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Mechanical Engineering        
• Metallurgical and Materials Engineering      
• Mining Engineering    
• Petroleum Engineering          
• Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering    
• Quantum Engineering

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Mines is a place that pushed me to become a proud Malaysian and Muslim woman and also a workaholic. Most importantly, I became a person who is able to withstand whatever comes, and I found myself again. This place will always have a special place in my heart.”

    • Farah Husna Mustafa Kamal '19
      Petroleum Engineering
  • “I chose Mines for my PhD because it is one of the few schools in the country that still has a metallurgy program. My research is on quench and partitioning steels (QP steels), and essentially my job is to optimize them, make them better.”

    • Casey Gilliams
      PhD student, metallurgical and materials engineering
  • “I really fell into the symbolism of the M Climb. This idea of the rock representing all of the work that I'm going to do over the course of my time here at Mines…It's weird to me that that rock almost means more to me than my diploma…because it's a representation of all of the work I put in.”

    • Brandon Bakka '19
      Chemical Engineering