First-Year Students

Starting in August

New Student & Transition Services can’t wait to welcome you to campus in August! While we will be in touch prior to your arrival with more specific information, here is what you can expect during your orientation experience in the summer leading up to your Mines journey!

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Summer Engagement Series



Students can join our Lead Peer Mentors throughout the summer via virtual Peer Discussions, Instagram Lives, and special phone hours to learn more about the experiences of current students and how to prepare for their time at Mines.

Learn more about the series

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Blaster Book



After May 1, students who have submitted their intent to enroll will receive a Blaster Book New Student & Family Guide in the mail. This guide is intended to help you work through the steps needed to start at Mines and dives deeper into the resources & services here to help you. This is a great guide for your family and support system as well!

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Welcome Webinars



NeST will be hosting a series of Welcome Webinars for incoming students and their support systems as you lead up to starting your journey at Mines. These virtual webinars feaure various offices and topics and are intended to provide you with timely information to help you prepare for your Mines experience.

View the full schedule

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Helluva Welcome

August 10-17


Between August 10-17, all incoming students will take part in Helluva Welcome! Students will spend time getting to know campus, building connections in the Rocky Mountains at Oredigger Camp, and will participate in longstanding campus traditions like the M Climb!

Helluva Welcome Details

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Elevate Your Mines

First 60 days of Classes


Elevate Your Mines focuses on programs happening on-campus during the first 60 days of the fall semester. This program features a first day photos event and a compiled calendar for students to reference throughout their start at Mines.

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Fall Semester


CSM101 is our required first-year seminar course that students take during their first semester at Mines. This course helps equip you with the resources to succeed and thrive  during your time at Mines. The class is taught by a faculty or staff member and two upper-class Peer Mentors. Topics covered include major exploration, study skills, and campus resources.

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