University Name – Colorado School of Mines
Campus Setting – Large Suburb
Petroleum Engineering Department Name – Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department
Department Website – http://petroleum.mines.edu/
Colorado School of Mines, also called “Mines” or “CSM” is a public research and teaching university in Golden, Colorado. It specializes in engineering and applied science with a focus on exploration, removal, processing and consumption of raw material resources. The mission and vision of the university is responsible stewardship of the planet and its resources.
Mines was founded in 1859 and first started out as a supply center for the settlers and the miners that inhabited Golden City. When it was built up later on as a learning institution and a school of mines, it was understandably focused on gold and silver and how they were extracted. Colorado residents initially had free tuition at the Mines. Students could study courses such as chemistry, mineralogy, mining engineering, metallury, geology, and other related subjects.
Today, Mines boasts the highest admission standards of any Colorado public university. More than 13,000 students apply for 950 slots in a freshman class. Successful applicants get to enjoy modern research facilities, 40 specialized centers, personalized education, and a curriculum that intertwines engineering with ecology.
In 2015, Mines received $68m in total research awards and $273m in total mines endowment as of June. Partnerships include the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As a result, graduates of the Colorado School of Mines have an exceptional placement rating of almost 90%.
Mines placed 1st in “USA Today’s Top 10 Engineering Schools 2015″. For 2016, it ranked #45 in Forbes’ Best Value Colleges. It also ranked 88th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best National Universities Rankings”. In our Ninja ranking of the Top Ten Petroleum schools, it ranks a high #6.
The school’s Department of Petroleum Engineering has a worldwide reputation for excellence in petroleum education and research. This can be seen in the competitive admissions, the 100% job placement rate of graduates, and the amount of financial support poured in by industry partners and private sources.
Instruction in classroom, lab, and research covers areas of expertise such as Drilling, Formation Evaluation, Well Testing, and so on. Undergraduate students also have two summer sessions where they are familiarized with the petroleum industry and are brought onsite to major petroleum processing sites.
The petroleum engineering program of Mines echoes its mission of responsible stewardship. The department’s objectives are to produce graduates who can be entrusted with the safe and environmentally sound recovery of the earth’s resources including gas, oil, and geothermal.
With 100% job placement, graduates often become petroleum engineers employed in oil and gas exploration and production. Others pursue geothermal energy production, hazardous waste disposal, or environment protection. For those outside of operations, production, and research, many graduates go into consulting or teaching.
|Forbes Best Value||#45|
Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded
Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
Mines is an affordable school and while tution and fees increased, it is only by a small percentage.
|Estimated Expenses||12-13||13-14||14-15||15-16||% Change|
|Books and Supplies||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500||0|
|- Room and Board||$9,922||$10,103||$10,484||$11,008||5|
|- Room and Board||$8,901||$8,982||$9,072||$9.072||0|
Transforming Lives: The Campaign for Colorado School of Mines
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