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.
Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world's institutions of higher education.
Since its founding in 1874, the translation of the school's mission into educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. The world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental protection and Mines and its programs are central to the solution.
Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention. With a student body of about 4,500, Mines has a student/faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average undergraduate class size of 33 students.
The Mines campus features beautifully renovated historical architecture, as well as award-winning new state-of-the-art buildings.
Mines is located in Golden, Colo. , only 15 miles west of Denver ’s downtown business district. Golden, a thriving community of 17,000, offers outdoor adventure with small town atmosphere and convenient access to big city attractions.
The school has some big-name neighbors in Golden, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a frequent research partner, and Coors Brewing Company.