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The Colorado School of Mines

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I have completed three semesters at mines workingBrightMechanical Engineering
I have completed three semesters at mines working toward a mechanical engineering degree. The school itself has a high reputation amongst the engineering community and has a lot of great statistics on paper, though it is very different once you start taking classes. The school is just as hard as they say it is. If you're above average, you must be very dedicated to pass your classes. When making your decision to attend be ready to work hard for 4 years unlike most colleges where your first one or two years will be the most intense. Mines is great for the dedicated aspiring engineers who don't mind the lack of epic parties or intense social lives. Most students are quiet, brainy, and shy. Overall you must do everything for yourself at mines, don't expect much help from the campus faculty.
1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: D
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If I had knownQuite BrightGeography and Geosciences
If I had known that the most consistent lesson I would learn is that cheaters always win, I would have chosen a different school completely.
4th Year Female -- Class 2016
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: F
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CSM is a sham.Quite BrightElectrical Engineering
CSM is a sham. If the administration of this institution even spent half of their bureaucratic efforts and budget on actually creating a cutting-edge educational experience then maybe this school could be worth your time. However, it seems that they have decided to instead invest that time and money into other things, like advertising the so-called prestige of this school and construction of a 'welcome building' to hustle more potential applicants into coming to this second rate engineering school. This school has an attrition rate of 89% and accepts 45% of applicants. I transferred here from a school that had an attrition rate of 30%, but silly me I transferred to CSM hoping to get more of a challenge out of my education with the extra perk of a recognizable school name. How wrong I was. My GPA jumped from a 3.5 to a 3.8 and I have not felt legitimately academically challenged since my previous school, the University of Denver (where I also majored in EE). I can confidently conjecture that CSM is no more difficult than ANY other ABET-accredited school. I have seen more curved exams and facile busy work at my time here in one semester than I saw in two years at DU. Furthermore, this school pumps their student body with so much school pride and stories of adversity that students here talk about attending CSM like it is pure hell. This further perpetuates the flat-out lie that CSM is a great institution when in actuality it is an academic embarrassment. Additionally, the bureaucracy of this school is legitimately worse than any class you could take here. They are impudently unhelpful and if you have the bad luck to be a transfer student then just do yourself a favor and throw all your credits away rather than fight the uphill battle that awaits you. Only a school that is as much of a joke as CSM would literally turn down a students' request to take a more challenging class in the same area as an alternative to repeating one they are attempted to transfer. Seriously?
4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A-, Useful Schoolwork: F
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