Students - 2016/2017

Mines has the highest asmissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the nation. Nearly 13,000 students vie each year for the 950 spots in the freshman class.

The Mines curriculum is broad and rigorous with an emphasis on hands-on experieces and collaborative approaches to problem-solving. Featuring programs in applied sciences, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and economics, Mines is focused on developing educational and research programs that address the world's critical needs. Students and faculty are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in areas including unconventional natural gas, solar materials, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced water treatment, gas hydrates, critical minerals, geothermal energy, subsurface hydrology, ferrous metallurgy, subsurface characterization, intelligent geosystems and high performance computing.

Complementing the university's solid academic mission is a robust student life experience with student government, athletics, recreational sports, Greek life, theme learning communitites within the residence halls and more than 170 student organizations.

Student highlights include:

Total Headcount Enrollment (includes non-degree seeking): 5,876

Undergraduate Students: 4,566

Resident: 59.5%

Non-Resident: 40.5%

Graduate Students: 1,227

Resident: 56%

Non-Resident: 44%

New First Year Students (undergraduate): 977

Resident: 54.4%

Non-Resident: 45.6%

New Transfer Students (undergraduate): 149


Average Scores for Entering First Year Students:

ACT:  31

SAT:  1344

High School GPA:  3.9


Five Undergraduate Majors with Largest Enrollments:

1. Mechanical Engineering

2. Petroleum Engineering

3. Chemical & Biological Engineering

4. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

5. Civil & Environmental Engineering


Five Graduate Majors with Largest Enrollments:

1. Geology & Geological Engineering

2. Civil & Environmental Engineering

3. Economics and Business

4. Mechanical Engineering

5. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Demographics of Student Population:

Women: 27.9%

Ethnic Minority: 16.9%

International: 12.2%


Number of Degrees Awarded (2014-2015):

Undergraduate:  917

Masters: 346

Doctorate: 124


Percentage of Graduates with Positive Outcomes* (2014-2015):

BS:  87%

MS:  95%

PhD:  100%

*Positive Outcomes: Committed to jobs in industry, government, military, or graduate school.


Average Salary Offer by Degree Type (2014-2015):

BS:  $66,394

MS:  $76,253

PhD:  $86,120


Additional Student Data may be found in the Annual Enrollment Report


Administration and Operations
210 Guggenheim Hall
1500 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401

Kirsten Volpi
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Nina Purschwitz
Executive Assistant to the 
Executive Vice President