College Junior 2013-11-22T01:24:52Z
I am not a strong test-taker, and was worried that this would significantly hamper my ability to be accepted into a graduate program at Mines. However, the admissions office was very accommodating, reviewing my grades, GRE scores and offering advice for addressing weak points. The online application was smooth, and easy to navigate, although the front page could use a little work. Overall, however, this has been the best application process I have completed.
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:24:52Z
Again, I haven't been at Mines long enough to make an honest determination, but I have been very impressed with the willingness of the faculty to talk to students. As a graduate program applicant, most Profs would ignore my emails, but at Mines, they actually responded and were willing to talk to me about the program, their labs, etc. It was great and really influenced my decision to apply.
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:20:33Z
Haven't attended long enough to make such a determination.
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:20:13Z
It's Colorado. I've seen it snow in July (but that was a bit further into the mountains) and you may need shorts in winter. Some days are just awful- surprise mid-day snows that make the roads a terrible hazard with all the hills in Golden-- but over all the weather is very nice. Even the hottest days cool off in the evenings and nights.
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:17:22Z
We're an engineering school. The fact that we have a football team shocks people-- what were you expecting?
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:15:54Z
There's a big mall and the usual chain stuff nearby, but there's also a number of really good nearby local shops with good pizza, and some really good ethnic food too.
College Junior 2013-11-22T01:12:42Z
Golden is a great town with lots of character, and it's not too horribly far from Denver, and neither is Boulder, so there's lots of options to find larger city venues.
College Junior 2013-11-22T00:05:54Z
Other than seeing the houses kept on the hill for them, I know nothing about their presence. If I hadn't seen those houses, I might not have thought there was much Greek here at all.
College Junior 2013-11-22T00:04:29Z
Mines does draw a large number of international students interested in engineering, particularly those interested in petroleum engineering. As such, it seems pretty diverse.
College Junior 2013-11-22T00:03:13Z
Guys & Girls:
I am a graduate student in a long-term relationship, and as such have never attempted to broach the dating scene. Best of luck!
College Junior 2013-11-22T00:02:03Z
Health & Safety:
It's a small enough town around Mines that it's just not exposed to the public at large as far as I can tell. As such, the threat of random violence feels lessened. I feel pretty safe walking around.
College Junior 2013-11-22T00:00:21Z
Mines is at the base of the foothills, while the airport is on the Eastern plains. The light-rail system doesn't currently reach the airport, so even though Mines is relatively close to the furthest west station, you can't get the whole way there. Might as well call a private car. The campus and Golden in general is close-- it's just not a huge town--so for the most part cars aren't necessary. Even when you want to go into downtown Denver, light-rail is an easy possibility. For anything not connected to the rail system though, it's not so great.
College Junior 2013-11-21T23:56:44Z
I prefer my own computer setup, and don't live on campus, so I avoid most problems relating to public computer uses.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:31:28Z
There is a mall about a 10 minute drive from campus, so a lot of times students will go there for a quick lunch because it is relatively fast, cheap, and easy.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:30:04Z
Many people here are extremely religious, and have strong political opinions. It can be hard to avoid sometimes, but no one seems to dislike someone because they have different beliefs. People here just like to make their beliefs known.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:28:10Z
Our school is not big on sports, being an engineering school. There are many IM teams, but not a lot of people participate in them. I have attended the male indoor soccer IM games, and generally the only supporters there are the girlfriends of the players. Tonight there was a game and there were 4 or 5 people watching the game go on.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:26:10Z
I haven't hit much of the nightlife scene. I went to a few parties last year, which were fun and at houses within walking distance of campus. If you want concerts or good clubs, those will all be in Denver, anywhere from a 20 minute drive to 40 minute drive.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:24:23Z
Maybe a little better than normal college food. Unfortunately, dinner at the main dining hall falls during when a lot of people are still in class so those hours need to be extended. Also, meal plans are expensive. You end up paying something like $8 per meal, when you can go to the grocery store and buy the same amount of food for probably $4.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:21:59Z
Denver airport is about 30 minutes away in good traffic, but in bad traffic, it may take you one and a half hours. The campus is small enough that you can park anywhere and walk to the other side of campus in 15-20 minutes. When living off-campus, first off, parking sucks if you get there any time after 9 (but this is true of any college campus). There are a lot of places within walking distance of campus, but they can be expensive or not available to college students. I managed to find a condo that me and two friends are renting for about $500 a month about 7 minutes drive from campus.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:17:32Z
We have a very beautiful campus surrounded by amazing views, such as the M on Mount Zion and South Table. Many people eat lunch, slackline, or play frisbee on our major grass area, Kafadar commons. One cool tradition Mines has is the freshmen M-climb. This happens during the first week of school; the freshmen are supposed to bring 10 lb rocks from their hometown and carry them up Mount Zion while singing the school's fight song and meeting new people, and then put them on the M. A picture is taken with all of the students sitting on the M, then the whitewashing begins. Students throw paint all over the rocks (read: each other) and then are shuttled down by bus. The M-climb is a great tradition that is so fun!
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:10:45Z
Guys & Girls:
Mines is known for its students having no social lives. Unfortunately, it seems to prove true for a lot of people. If you don't seek out things to do, and make an effort to find out what's happening, your weekends will be spent inside doing homework. If you make an effort to look for things to do, you will find them though. If you always want to be involved in something, join clubs or do greek life to make sure that you will always have options.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:07:31Z
Many of the computer classes have dual monitors which is great for doing any type of programming assignment. They are very high quality desktop computers. The z drives have been known to have some issues, but these issues are few and far between. Blackboard goes down a bit, generally at the most important time, like when you need to study for a test or turn something in. They tend to get it up and running in a decent amount of time though. I have never printed on campus, but I believe it is 10 cents per page for black and white, color may cost extra. You definitely need your own computer though unless you want to live in the library. You need to be checking email, blackboard, trailhead, and doing online homework daily, for several hours.
College Sophomore 2013-11-07T06:02:53Z
Health & Safety:
Golden is a very safe town, and this extends to the college campus. There are emergency phones all around campus and you always see campus police driving around. The general feeling is that it is safe.
College Freshman 2013-10-13T02:34:41Z
Not a lot of people care about sports at Mines, which is pretty sad considering a lot of our teams are actually pretty good. There are typically more Golden residents at football games than students, and Homecoming weekend is a joke. The low school spirit in athletics may be due to the fact that students are probably doing homework or studying during games, but varsity athletes are not seen as anything special by the majority of the student body. However, IM and club sports are pretty popular if you want to play for fun.
College Junior 2013-10-07T20:29:15Z
Pretty nice variety of places, but costs add up
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