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Colorado School of Mines: Narrative Description


1500 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401-1887
Tel: (303)273-3000
Free: 800-446-9488
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1874. Setting: 373-acre small town campus with easy access to Denver. Endowment: $107 million. Research spending 2003-04: $27.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,160 per student. Total enrollment: 3,666. Faculty: 299 (193 full-time, 106 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 3,120 applied, 85% were admitted. 46% from top 10% of their high school class, 79% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 72 class presidents, 80 valedictorians, 220 student government officers. Full-time: 2,763 students, 23% women, 77% men. Part-time: 110 students, 21% women, 79% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 62 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 1% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 5% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; mathematics; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: rank in upper one-third of high school class. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $6464 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $19,624 full-time. Mandatory fees: $760 full-time. College room and board: $6600. College room only: $3500. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 95 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 19% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Major annual events: Greek Casino Night, Celebration of Mines, Engineers' Days. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 800 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Arthur Lakes Library with 150,000 books, 250,000 microform titles, 4,883 serials, 20 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

CSM is located in Golden, only 15 miles west of Denver's downtown business district. Golden is a community of 15,000 people nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Maintaining a distinct identity from the other Denver suburbs, Golden is also home to the National Earthquake Center and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Many CSM students enjoy the outdoors, and favorite summer activities include hiking, jogging, camping, and bicycling. During the winter months, skiing is the major activity with some of the world's best slopes virtually in CSM's backyard. With a population of over two million people, nearby Denver offers all the attractions of a major metropolitan area. As a commercial, transportation, and financial center for the Rocky Mountain region, Denver is home to many government agencies, colleges and universities, and business involved in natural resources, computers, and biotechnology.

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