Orientation Step 1: Launch

Launch your Career at Mines!

Launch is designed to prepare students for a smooth and successful transition to Mines. This one-day orientation program is for those undergraduate students their families/support systems who have committed to enroll at Mines and have submitted their Enrollment Decision Form and $200 Enrollment Deposit. Launch is mandatory for new undergraduate students and families/support systems are also encouraged to attend! Highlights of this program include:

  • Sessions with Financial Aid, Bursar, Residence Life and other offices that will share important details and deadlines
  • Connecting with current students and your new peers through peer discussions
  • Meeting the academic advising team and learning how course enrollment works
  • Specific family/support systems sessions

Registration is now open! For summer 2023, Launch will take place on the dates below. To register, click on the desired date.

Launch Dates for First-Year Students

Friday, June 23rdOn Campus (This date has reached capacity, but you can join the waitlist)

Wednesday, June 28thVirtual

Friday, June 30thOn Campus

Thursday, July 6thOn Campus

Friday, July 7thOn Campus

Monday, July 10thVirtual

Tuesday, July 11thOn Campus

Launch Dates for Transfer Students

Monday, June 26thOn Campus

Wednesday, June 28thVirtual

Monday, July 10thVirtual

As a reminder, Launch is required for all incoming students. If you are unable to attend any of the virtual or in-person Launch dates, please complete the Unable to Attend form, which can be found by clicking here.

Launch FAQs

What is Launch?

Launch is our 1-day orientation program for incoming new students and their families/support systems. The schedule is filled with a variety of presentations, family/support systems sessions, peer discussions, resource fairs, and conference-style presentations. We currently offer both virtual & in-person sessions.

Is Launch required?

Attending Launch is required for new students. Please contact nest@mines.edu if you are unable to attend any of the virtual or in-person sessions.

Where do you park for Launch?

A few days prior to your registered Launch session, you will receive an email with lots of information, including parking details. For summer 2023, we are able to provide free parking in one lot on campus as well as several pay-to-park options on campus. Stay tuned for more details!

What do I need to bring with me to Launch?

If you are attending in-person Launch, you will want to wear comfortable shoes as you will do some walking around campus during the day. Summer days are hot, but occasionally we have thunderstorms, so bring an umbrella. Most of the sessions will take place indoors in the air-conditioned buildings, so bring a sweater or small jacket as well. If you are attending the Virtual Launch day, feel free to have a pen, some snacks, and a water bottle near you as you engage in the virtual sessions throughout the day.

I want to see my residence hall room during Launch. Is this possible?

Unfortunately, no. During the summer months, the residence halls are occupied by summer camps and conferences and for safety reasons, residence hall room tours are not available. However, if you are attending the in-person Launch sessions, there will be a set-up of the physical furniture available to see during the resource fairs. Additionally, the Residence Life website has information about reach residence hall with pictures, room dimensions, and other important details. You can find more information by clicking here: https://www.mines.edu/residence-life/first-year-housing/  

What meals are provided at in-person Launch?

Both students and their guests will be provided with a continental breakfast and lunch during the Launch day.

What does the Launch schedule look like?

We are still in the process of finalizing the Launch schedule. You can expect to hear a welcome from Mines administration, some morning presentations from important offices on campus, specific sessions for families/support systems, peer discussions for students, an academic advising overview for students, resource and major fairs, and conference-style presentations. If you are attending the in-person Launch, you will be provided with a specific schedule during check-in, which will start at 8am. If you are attending the Virtual Launch Day, you will receive the agenda via email a few days prior to your registered Launch day.


Office of New Student and Transition Services
Ben Parker Student Center, Suite E110
1200 16th Street
Golden, CO 80401