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Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado, United States
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S.

PhD Programmes



In 1873, Mines opened under the auspices of the Episcopal Church and in 1874 the School of Mines became a territorial institution and has been a state institution since 1876 when Colorado attained statehood. The first Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees meeting was held in 1879, the first formal commencement for two graduates was held in 1883.


The nexus between the earth, the environment and society’s need to generate and distribute energy in an economic and sustainable way is central to Mines’ specialized mission. In FY 2018, research awards totaled more than $65.89 million, with roughly 35 percent funded by non-federal sources.


  • 2015-16 graduates (BS) placed at 85% either working in the industry or going onto graduate school
  • Average starting salary $67,229 (BS)

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Housing services

Living on campus is not only a rite of passage – it’s also one of the best ways to ensure student success. The Department of Residence Life is dedicated to cultivating a superior living and learning experience that recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities of our Oredigger community.

Medical services

The Coulter Student Health Center is located at 1770 Elm Street, across from Elm Hall and next to the Intramurals (IM) fields. It is staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses throughout the day. Open to all Mines students regardless of insurance coverage.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Colorado School of Mines' proud athletic history has produced 263 All-Americans earning 580 total awards.

Student clubs

At Mines, there are countless ways to get involved including student government, the Mines Activities Council (our programming board), 11 Greek Chapters (7 fraternities and 4 sororities), orientation leaders and over 220 registered student organizations! You can make friends, develop your leadership and life skills, put your skills to work outside the classroom, work on meaningful projects, advocate for your peers and have fun.


Colorado School of Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The undergraduate engineering programs at Mines are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Golden, Colorado, United States

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