For students who want to attend one of the best engineering schools in the country and enjoy living in one of the most scenic areas of the United States, the Colorado School of Mines is a gold strike.
The Colorado School of Mines offers an intensive, rigorous engineering program and also offers other high quality academic programs. While CSM probably isn’t the place to go for students interested in a humanities degree, students interested in entering an engineering or physical science-related field can obtain a well-rounded education at the Colorado School of Mines.
The Colorado School of Mines, popularly known as Mines, offers about 20 majors, mostly in engineering and mathematical subjects. Minors in non-science related subjects such as political science and economics are also available.
Mines is a small school, with about 4,000 students. The student faculty ratio is small, allowing plenty of one-on-one instruction and interaction. All freshmen at the school are required to complete a rigorous program of science and math-related courses. Most freshmen and sophomores are also required to complete major engineering related projects.
The most popular major at the Colorado School of Mines is, not surprisingly, engineering, followed by mathematics. Mines stays true to its roots as well, and is one of the foremost institutions in the world for researching and teaching about mining-related engineering.
The Colorado School of Mines is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
Mines gets some great reviews by publications dedicated to evaluating colleges and universities. The Colorado School of Mines is ranked No. 72 among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. It’s ranked No. 29 among public schools. Its earth science, engineering and physics programs are ranked among the top 100 in the nation, as well.
The Colorado School of Mines has a good reputation for its research efforts and much of its research occurs at the Unconventional Natural Gas Institute and the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The school is among several institutions receiving nearly $227 million from the Department of Defense to perform research. Mines will research sound wave, energy and light-matter coupling for its portion of the grant.
Mines also has a K-12 outreach program intended to improve science and math education in primary and secondary schools, and get students more interested in math and science. The school is the site of the state’s annual Science Olympiad.