Colorado School of Mines earns top ranking among US engineering schools

August 28, 2014

Colorado School of Mines earns top ranking among US engineering schools

The Colorado School of Mines was recently ranked as the top engineering school in the United States.

College Factual recently released a list of 281 engineering schools, and the Colorado School of Mines earned the top spot, beating out notable institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Also, the school announced that it just completed its most successful fundraising year with $47.8 million in gifts and $24.4 million in private non-governmental research funding, The Denver Post reported.

Part of what makes Colorado School of Mines’ engineering program so successful is the school’s close relationship with engineering’s private industry and the high concentration of students looking for a degree within STEM fields.

According to Peter Han, the college’s chief of staff, School of Mines works closely with the private industry to not only enrich the student experience but also to draw companies to hire out of Mines. More than 40 percent of sponsored research awards are funded by private industry.

Han told The Denver Post that more than 98 percent of undergraduate degrees are for engineering or an applied science field. This enables Mines faculty to coordinate their curriculums so that the topics covered in scientific fields synergize with one another.

Of the $47.8 million in gifts the school received, half of the money is going to capital projects. Nine percent will go to faculty, 10 percent to scholarships, 25 percent to department support and campus initiatives. The remaining six percent will go to the Clear Creek Athletics Complex and the construction of a Welcome Center among other projects.


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