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Study at 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 and World Report, CSM has ranked 33rd out of the Top 50 Public National Universities and 75th out of all American Universities.

Profile of Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines is located in a large suburb, in Golden, CO. The school is a public institution. Degree levels at Colorado School of Mines top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students at the school often study mathematics and engineering.

Colorado School of Mines Selectivity

The admissions department at Colorado School of Mines does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 530 to 640 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 690 or higher on the math SAT.


The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Colorado School of Mines offers classes to 4, 560 students (4, 040 full-time equivalent). A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life

Colorado School of Mines serves primarily full-time students. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competitions.

Colorado School of Mines Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering656engineering, petroleum engineering, geological engineering, metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, engineering physics, systems engineering, mining and mineral engineering, . . .
Science51chemistry, geophysics, physics, physics courses, chemistry courses, geology, hydrology and water resources, geochemistry
Liberal Arts39economics, applied economics
Therapy and Counselling6behavioral sciences

Contact: Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines

1500 Illinois St

Golden, CO 80401

General Phone: (303) 273-3200


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