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Rank: 140

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, COwww.mines.edu
Colorado School of Mines, also referred to just as Mines, is a small public research university in Golden, Colo., at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Its principal academic focus is on engineering and applied science, with what it calls "a mission to enhance understanding of the earth, energy and the environment." The university has about 4,500 undergraduates and enjoys a higher-than-average graduation rate. Admission is competitive, and students report that the curriculum is rigorous and classes are taught by professors who care. Athletes abound: The Orediggers play baseball, golf, soccer and more in the NCAA's Division II. Mines students can also choose from some 200 organizations, or head off campus to check out a dozen nearby ski areas. A favorite campus tradition is E-Days, which takes place every spring and includes not only a cardboard boat race but also an ore-cart pull and fireworks on campus. Another fun fact: When you're nearing graduation, you can look forward to receiving a silver diploma engraved with your degree details.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$34,500
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,900
Average price for low-income students
$23,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
40%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1340/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
4,811
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
56%
% of need met
56%
% of students who get merit* grants
30%
Average merit grant
$8,182
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$71,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
64%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
April 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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