Mines is great because the student to teacher ratio is low. Since we are a smaller school (around 3500 undergrads), we have many of the benefits and setbacks of other small schools. Mines is great if you want to get involved. There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities with the school and community. Also, we are practically an hour from many of the major ski resorts in the state. One of our benefits is also a setback in that we are a Division 2 school. This means that Mines doesn't have the capacity for a sporting experience like that at a Division 1 school. Having said that, you can still have fun at games and show your school spirit!
Overall, I like the school. There are tons of clubs for basically anything you could possibly be interested in. There's weekly activities, like a comedian or movie. Club and intramural sports are a great way to get out. I also like the availability of professional resources, like the career center. Sometimes, the academics are disappointing for the reputation Mines has. I've been in more than one class feeling like I haven't learned anything. In particular, the adjunct (part time) faculty usually make for the worst teachers.
Going to Mines is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is a very challenging school and there have been times I've been stressed and frustrated to the point of wanting to go somewhere else, but I've never seriously considered leaving Mines with out my degree. Involvement is critical to staying sane here at Mines, you have to find something to take your mind off of classes from time to time. Mines has taught me effective time management skills and many other things that will help me once I graduate.
The school is too strict about everything.
I personally love this school. It is small, with around 4,000 undergrads. This is my favorite part about this school. The one thing that I would change is that in the middle of campus there is a pedestrian only section. In this part of campus, you have do dismount your bicycle. I would like this to be changed. When I tell people that I go to Colorado School of Mines, they give me a lot of respect. It is viewed as a school that is very hard to get into. I spend most of my time with my friends and in the Student Center. There isn't alot going on in Golden, but there is an old downtown tourist trap. Also, Boulder is 30 minutes away and the suburbs of Denver are about 5 minutes away, so there is plenty of fun a short drive away.