Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering

Overview of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines

University Name

Colorado School of Mines

Campus Setting

Large Suburb

University Website

Petroleum Engineering Department Name

Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department

Department Website

Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Admissions Info

Colorado School of Mines 2 Colorado School of Mines was founded in 1874 and has a focus on raw material resources that include exploration, removal, processing and consumption of these materials. Thus the university has developed its degree programs in the fields of science and engineering with the goal of efficient management of energy resources along with the environment.

There is significant research funding provided for work in alternative energy & earth sciences, environmental engineering and mineral economics. Partnerships include the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This has resulted in the university ensuring a placement rate of nearly 90% for both its undergraduate and graduate programs.

In 2016 it ranked very high on the Forbes list of Best Value Colleges, coming in at #45.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees with opportunities to study abroad for a semester in Austria, Holland, Australia as well as the United Arab Emirates. Students that receive Bachelor of Science degrees may proceed to obtain either a Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree based on their choice of whether to pursue a thesis, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Additionally, the department offers students a number of different laboratories in which to gain experience. This includes Drilling Simulation, Reservoir & Fluids Characterization, as well as Drilling & Design Fluids. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in two summer sessions that include petroleum industry career familiarization, and onsite visits to petroleum processing sites throughout the United States.

There is also a unique Super School offering through which the university offers engineers, geologists and other operational personnel without specific qualification in petroleum engineering, specialized classes in the fundamentals of the field. This is mostly focused on working engineers who need both an understanding and practical application of this field in their own operational responsibilities.

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Key Stats

Student population: 5,962
Student/faculty ratio: 16 to 1
Retention rate: 94%
Graduation rate: 77%

Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded 2014-2015

Bachelor’s Degrees: 171

Master’s Degrees: 28

Doctoral Degrees: 10

Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s Degrees: 127

Colorado School of Mines Bachelor's Degrees Awarded

Master’s Degrees: 20

Colorado School of Mines Master's Degrees Awarded

Doctoral Degrees: 3

Colorado School of Mines Doctoral Degrees Awarded

Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Colorado School of Mines is a mid-priced college, and costs rose only slightly faster than inflation from 2015 to 2016.

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering tuition fees and living cost


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University Location

1500 Illinois Street, Golden, Colorado 80401

Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Admissions Info