I know that when I was applying to Mines, I frequented this message board for tips and info about the school, so I figured I would return the favor and offer my aid to any of you prospective students (or parents ).
My background, just so you know who’s answering your questions, is that I will be a sophomore in Civil Engineering and am a member of the Honors program. I am very active in all aspects Mine’s athletics, while not being an athlete myself, and was a member of the Themed Learning Communities on campus. I am not affiliated with the Mine’s admissions team or any other official Mine’s department, so I won’t sugar coat my answers to your questions, but I still am a little biased towards Mines because I really do love it here.)
Three things I’ll tell you right off the bat, because I see it often here in the CSM forum:
Yes, Mines is hard to get into; however, it obviously is not impossible like an Ivy. I can tell you from personal experience, that they definitely look at course load more than ANY thing else. I took 5 AP sciences by the time I graduated (excessive, but I enjoyed it) and had a GPA on the lower end of the average for acceptance.
If you make it past the admission department’s frustration, you can do anything. The admissions team WILL get behind in applications when the tidal wave of high school seniors apply in September, like any other admissions team. If you are really itching to get college decisions, make sure you apply as early as you can, just so you don’t get caught up in the backlog that really piles up beginning in October.
The Ratio. As a girl on campus, I was concerned that it would be awkward and detrimental being in the 27-30%, however, once you take about half of the guys out because they are playing video games in their dorm 24/7 (stereotypical as it may seem), the “ratio” really begins to feel very even. In my year so far at Mines, I have only been in a handful of situations where I even stop to notice it.
I hope this helped some of you, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask! I’ll check back every now and then to answer anything you are worried, concerned or curious about!