Colorado School Of Mines

Colorado School Of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines, established in 1873 by the Episcopal Church, had control transferred to the Colorado Territory in the following year. It gained the status of a state institution in 1876. Also referred to as CSM, the campus encompasses more than 370 acres in the small town of Golden, Colorado. The first building of the campus was built in 1880 and today CSM offers a number of degrees and certificate programs in several fields of study. It is organized into numerous academic departments.

CSM participates in a wide variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, softball, golf, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, track and field, and wrestling. Their athletic teams are called the Orediggers and the school has two mascots, Marvin the Miner and Blaster the Burro.

According to the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report, CSM has ranked 33rd out of the Top 50 Public National Universities and 75th out of all American Universities.

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Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois St
Golden , CO 80401
General Phone: (303) 273-3000

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Colorado School of Mines Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering719engineering, chemical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, materials engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining and mineral engineering, petroleum engineering, systems engineering, ...
Science63chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology and water resources, physics, physics courses
Liberal Arts56economics, applied economics
Therapy and Counseling6behavioral sciences

Number of programs and degrees for Colorado School of Mines in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree62610
Master's degree24719
Doctor's degree3510

Colorado School of Mines Student Body

In 2007-2008, Colorado School of Mines had a total enrollment of 4,560 students (4,485 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 70%
Women 30%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 24%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 2%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 28%
22-24 17%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico1%
New York1%

Colorado School of Mines Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 100 %

Colorado School of Mines Room and Board (2007)

Colorado School of Mines offers campus housing for 1,200 of its 4,485 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Golden, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Colorado School of Mines Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550610
SAT Math650700
ACT Verbal2429
ACT Math2732
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT50%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Colorado School of Mines Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 11,239
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,249
Room and board $ 7,335
Room charge $ 3,996
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,630
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Colorado School of Mines participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 134800)

Colorado School of Mines Faculty

Colorado School of Mines has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4713
Non-tenured and not on tenure track9545

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year81$125,3894$111,513
Associate professoracademic year43$82,16513$87,850
Assistant professoracademic year34$76,11811$74,435
Instructoracademic year3$52,5600*
Lectureracademic year23$60,82513$56,401
No academic rankacademic year11$15,94714$19,508
All faculty totalacademic year195$92,35755$62,058

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Colorado School of Mines Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Baseball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Track Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports534295

Colorado School of Mines Degree Programs (2007)

Chemical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Systems Engineering

Liberal Arts
Applied Economics
Economics, General

Mathematics, General

Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences

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