Are you an Incoming International Student wondering what campus life at Colorado School of Mines is like? Take a look at some of our galleries below, showing off the best of the best of our campus, our town, our state, and our country!

The M-Climb is a CSM tradition dating back to 1908 for incoming students! In this photo, you can see the  beautiful city of Golden and the Colorado School of Mines campus from the M, on Mt. Zion.

Mines students excel in athletics as well as academics! In May of 2018, we won our third consecutive RMAC All-Sports Cup, which measures overall department excellence in core university sports, including Men’s football or soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.

We’re not just about math and sciences! Orediggers are heavily involved in the arts as well, and many students are involved in band or orchestra. Pictured on the left is Mines Little Theater, our theater group, in a recent production of the play “The Addams Family”.

The M-Climb is a tradition almost as old as Mines itself! Every generation of incoming Mines Students completes the climb. In this photo, you can see Mines Students completing the climb 50 years apart, in 1965 (left) and 2015 (right).

In the middle of our campus, Kafadar Commons is a common meeting place where students spend the afternoons chatting, slacklining, studying, or just relaxing in the shade of our beautiful elm trees.

Colorado School of Mines’ Women’s Soccer team ranked third in our region in the 2017 season!

We have over 220 registered student organizations on campus! This includes everything from and improvisation club, to a knitting club, to photography club (left), there’s more to being a Mines student than just studying!

The seasons in Colorado change so quickly! In this picture, you can see Kafadar Commons caught between the beautiful red leaves of fall, and the fresh snowfall of winter.

Engineer’s Days, or E-Days as we refer to it on campus, is an annual four day celebration. We celebrate everything it means to be a Mines student, with fun activities like a cardboard boat race down Clear Creek, and an Orecart pull to the Colorado State Capitol building.

Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden!

Golden, Colorado, where Colorado School of Mines is located, is just west of Denver, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Clear Creek runs through the heart of Golden, and has contributed to the city’s growth over the past 150 years, as it was where most of the mining activity during the 1859 Gold Rush took place. Today, the creek still plays an important role in the lives of Golden residents, and you can always find joggers, swimmers, tubers, fishers, or dogwalkers along the banks of the river.

The Coors Brewery, in the heart of Golden, is the largest single brewing facility in the world. It was founded in 1873 by two German immigrants, Adolph Coors and Jacob Shueler, and contributed to the economic growth of Golden through the 20th century.

Golden was established as mining camp called “Golden City” in 1859 by Thomas L. Golden (the city’s namesake). The town served as a supply center for miners heading into the mountains to search for gold and silver as part of the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.

Did you know that Golden was originally the capitol city of Colorado, instead of Denver? This was a result of Golden’s proximity to the mountain mining towns (at the time, the economic heart of Colorado). Some buildings have been around since Golden was founded, such as the Old Capitol Grill, which used to be the meeting place for the Colorado territorial legislature!

Buffalo Bill Cody was a travelling showman and civilian scout for the US Army, and to many in his day, he represented the American frontier and the Wild West. His show, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” ran for thirty years, travelling all over the United States and Europe and demonstrating acts such as sharpshooters, horseback parades, re-enactments of attacks and robberies, and musical numbers. Cody was buried on Lookout Mountain, overlooking the Golden and the great plains of Colorado.

Golden is home to many museums of art and science, the Golden History Center, the Astor House Hotel Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra performs on the Colorado School of Mines campus every year, and the Foothills Art Center (pictured) hosts art exhibitions throughout the year in a historic church, less than a five minute walk from campus.

Did you know that Golden was where the Jolly Rancher candy was invented, in 1949? The name of the candy was meant to seem friendly and welcoming to customers, like the town they were founded in!

The word “Colorado” means “colored” or “colorful” in Spanish. It’s easy to see why, with our beautiful landscapes! But did you know the State of Colorado was named after the Colorado River, or “Río Colorado”, named that way because of the muddy river coming from the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado gained official statehood on August 1st, 1876, exactly 100 years (and one month!) After the US declared their independence from England. Because of this, we are often called “the Centennial State”.

The Colorado Rocky Mountains boast the best ski trails in the United States! There are 22 ski resorts to choose from, and we have more than 12.6 million ski visits each year – that’s more than 1/5th of all the skiing in the US! The CSM Outdoor Recreation Center offers discounts on skiing passes and equipment rentals in the winter, and most of the best skiing isn’t more than an hour and a half drive away.

Denver’s 16th Street Mall is an outdoor shopping center with over 40 outdoor cafés and more than two dozen shops and restaurants, making it a great place to pass the day in the heart of Denver.

Rocky Mountain National Park was created to protect the beautiful national resources in Colorado. The park is more than 415 square miles (1,075 square kilometers!) and is home to bright, colorful plants and animals big and small.

Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915 , and was designated as one of the first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in 1876. About 5 million people visit the park each year to go hiking, camping, horseback riding, or skiing and showshoeing in the winter.

Denver is home to seven different Art Districts, areas where galleries, artist studios, and restaurants are available withing walking distance for exploring. These highly art-concentrated areas are great places to relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy live performances or traditional art. The First Friday of each month, these districts host “art walks” from 6-9 pm.

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is one of the oldest entertainment destinations in Denver. This theme and amusement park was opened up in 1890, and still operates to this day with roller coasters, water slides, and performances all summer long.

The Boulder Flatirons are sandstone formations outside of Boulder, Colorado. These iconic structures have beautiful hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities, and picnic sites, and they’re only a 30 minute drive from Mines.

You’ll often see Hot Air Balloons flying around Golden and all over Colorado – and why not! It’s a unique way to see Colorado’s landscape. Colorado has Balloon Festivals from July to November, and there are operators all over the state who can take you on a trip skyward!

Welcome to the United States of America! There are fifty states in the USA, and each one is unique, with distinct landscape, products, cultures, and traditions. Let’s explore some of them!


All of the natural resources for the production of Steel and Iron can be found in Alabama – all the other states have to outsource for production. It is also, unsurprisingly, the largest producer of cast iron products and steel pipes.


Oil produced in Alaska accounts for 1/4th of all the oil produced in the United States. Alaska is the second-newest state, gaining statehood in 1959.


The official state fossil of Arizona is petrified wood. Most of it comes from a forest of petrified wood in northeastern Arizona.


Crater of Diamonds State Park, just outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is an active diamond mine, and the only one in the world where mining is open to tourists! If you visit the mine, you can look for diamonds and other precious gemstones like amethyst, garnet, hematite, or peridot, and if you find anything, it’s yours to keep! All the diamonds in the photo were found in the park.


California’s Death Valley has certainly owned its name with extreme weather conditions year-round. In the summer, the temperature can soar to over 120°F/49°C! These dangerously high temperatures don’t stop tourism in the park, though state officials strongly recommend against hiking during the summer months, and, of course, you should always bring lots of water.


In the Colorado State Capitol Building, you’ll notice that the walls are decorated with a rose colored marble. This marble was mined from a quarry near Beulah, and when the building was built in 1894, all of the Colorado Rose Onyx (the marble’s official name) in the world was used in the Capitol’s construction!


The world’s first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was built in Groton, Connecticut, in 1954. She was able to break many previously held records, as her new form of power allowed her to stay submerged for longer periods of time. Today, the USS Nautilus is a museum in Connecticut, as she was decommissioned in 1980.


The horseshoe crab, found in abundance in Delaware, are fascinating crustaceans. They almost haven’t changed at all since 450 million years ago, and their blood is blue! Today, their blood is used in the medical field to detect bacterial endotoxins.


Florida is home to the Kennedy Space Center, which has been the primary launch center for human spaceflight since December 1968, and is still often used for rocket launches which can be observed by bystanders (from a safe distance!)


The amusement park “Six Flags Over Georgia”, in Austell, Georgia is named after the six flags that have flown over the state of Georgia – the flags of England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. The park has historically themed rides, such as a roller coaster named after Dahlonega, the first site of a major gold rush in the United States.


The Mauna Kea Observatories, on the big island of Hawai’i, are some of the most productive in the world. The location is perfect because of the isolation from light pollution, the dryness of the air, the alititude, and a close proximity to the equator. The biggest telescope in the world is also housed here.


The Appaloosa horse was originally bred by the Nez Perce tribe (Niimíipuu in their own language) of present-day Idaho. These horses are bred for endurance, and were used by the Nez Perce warriors. Today, there are still programs in place to maintain the traditional practices and heritage of the breed as well as that of the Nez Perce people.


In 1885, the world’s first ‘skyscraper’ was built in Chicago, Illinois. Though unremarkable by today’s standards, the 10 story building was a groundbreaking achievement for its time, as it was the first building to use a steel frame to support the walls and the weight of the building, and paved the way for modern day buildings to break through the clouds.


In 1911, the first long-distance auto race in the US was help. The winner averaged 75 mph, and won $14,000 for taking first place. Today, average speeds in the Indianapolis 500 reach 167 mph, and the prize is more than $1.2 million.


In 1912, Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine. Though the original was destroyed by fire shortly after its creation, by 1928 “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread” was on shelves, being market as “the greatest forward step … since bread was wrapped”.


Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, in 1897. Before her disappearance over the Atlantic Ocean in 1937, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and an aeronautical engineering advisor and visiting faculty member at Purdue University, breaking through many of the barriers women at the time faced.


Chevrolet Corvettes have been produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since 1981. The Corvette is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and is known for its speed and performance, often considered the flagship model of the Chevrolet brand.


The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the largest steel-constructed room in the world. It is ofted the site of the Super Bowl and many large college football championships. The dome has an interior space of 125,000,000 cubic feet (3,500,00 cubic meters) and can seat more than 70,000 people!


Over 90% of the nation’s lobster supply is caught in Maine, with a record breaking 130,000,000 pounds caught in 2016 – valued at more than $533,000,000! Lobster is more than 3/4ths of Maine’s fishery value, and is shipped across the United States and all over the world.


The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Sodexo all have their headquarters in the city of Gaithersburg, in Maryland, earning Gaithersburg the title of the Science Capitol of the United States.


Boston University Bridge, connecting Boston to Cambridge, Massachusetts, has grown from an 1850s drawbridge to be the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train passing under a car driving under an airplane.


In Michigan, the Great Lakes State, you can mail something to a ship sailing the Great Lakes! The J.W. Westcott II Detroit Marine Post Office (Zip code 48222) makes regular mail deliveries to boats as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge.


The Minneapolis Skyway System is the longest system of its kind in the world. It allows pedestrians to walk through climate-controlled footbridges to avoid the street below. The system connects 80 full city blocks – more than 11 miles (18 km), and is still being expanded upon.


Dr. James D. Hardy, of the University of Mississippi, performed the world’s first lung transplant in June of 1963, and the first heart xenotransplant in January of the next year. These surgeries paved the way for the routine lifesaving surgeries performed today of the same nature.


The Gateway Arch isn’t just Missouri’s tallest accessible building, it’s the world’s tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. The sculpture is dedicated “To the American People”, and is made of stainless steel. The sculpture is “a suitable … memorial to the men who made possible the western territorial expansion of the United States”.


In 1977, a fossil site in Northwestern Montana was discovered. Throughout the excavation, 14 dinosaur nests were found in the site, as well as fossils of juvenile dinosaurs. These nests belonged to Maiasaura peeblesorum – “Caring Mother Lizard”, and provided the first evidence that dinosaurs fed and cared for their young. To the left is a model of one of the nests displayed at the Natural History Museum in London.


America’s largest indoor forest, the Lied Jungle, is located in Omaha, Nebraska. You can find everything from pygmy hippos to waterfalls to macaw monkeys swinging through the forest, right in the heart of the United States.


The Hoover Dam, named after President Herbert Hoover, was built in the 1930s as an effort to provide work for the thousands of Americans that were jobless as a result of the Great Depression. The dam still provides hydroelectric power for much of Nevada, and nearby states California and Arizona.

New Hampshire

One of New Hampshire’s main exports is maple syrup, a sweet sauce made from the sap of maple trees, often put on breakfast waffles or pancakes. The process of harvesting maple syrup from trees can be traced back to the indigenous people of North America, and the practice was picked up and refined by European settlers in New England, where it is still upheld today.

New Jersey

One cold day in October 1858, workers on a farm in Haddonfield, New Jersey, were shocked to find the skeleton of an animal that had the anatomical features of a lizard and a bird. This was the first dinosaur skeleton, and the discovery began the modern field of paleontology as we know it.

New Mexico

At 5:29:45 am Mountain War Time on July 16th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The successful detonation would have lasting effects on all life on earth, and atomic bombs of the same design would be used later that year to end Japan’s participation in WWII. The area is still radioactive today, and many discourage spending extended periods of time in the area.

New York

The New York Subway system is one of the world’s oldest public transport systems, with over 850 miles (1,370 km) of tracks. The system was established in 1904, and offers 24 hour service year-round, with over 5,500,000 riders every day!

North Carolina

Orville and Wilbur Wright, or, more commonly, the Wright Brothers, were aviation pioneers who generally receive the credit for inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane. On December 17th, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they made the first sustained and controlled flight, paving the way to a world where intercontinental flights are nothing more than a mundane matter.

North Dakota

Writing Rock State Historic Site, near Granora, North Dakota, gets its name from petroglyphs carved into granite boulders. These drawings most likely represent the Thunderbird, a mythological figure sacred to the Late Prehistoric Plains Indians.


Charles Brush, the developer or art lighting, first introducing his invention in the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1879. Later, Thomas Edison, also from Ohio, would develop a usable lightbulb, making electricity more accessible. By 1900, most major cities in the United States would have electric streetlights.


Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.


Many of the original settlers of the Western States passed through the Oregon Trail on horseback or in covered wagon. The 2,170-mile (3,490 km) long trail connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and spanned through the future states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. It was laid in 1811 by fur traders.


The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, was developed by the University of Pennsylvania in 1945, and was amongst the earliest computers built, and the first in the United States. It was Turing-complete and completely reprogrammable, though originally designed and primarily used to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory.

Rhode Island

Many credit the start of the American Industrial Revolution, and similar subsequent revolutions all over the world, to Samuel Slater of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. His textile mill, the Slater Mill, was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in the United States, and was constructed in 1793 in addition to a dam, waterway, waterwheel, and mill.

South Carolina

The Black River Preserve, in South Carolina, is a perfect site for kayaking, fishing, and bird watching. The slow-moving river has a high concentration of organic carbon, which contributes to its tea-like color as well as the vast diversity in the area around the river.

South Dakota

Gutzon Borglum, an American artist and sculptor, began drilling into Mount Rushmore in 1927. The monument took 14 years to create and cost a mere $1 million. The monument pictures the heads of four American presidents carved into granite, and each head is 60 feet tall. Today, Mount Rushmore is considered a National Memorial, and nearly 3 million people visit Mount Rushmore each year.


Tennessee is home to the Lost Sea, America’s largest underground lake. The Lost Sea is part of an extensive cave system called Craighead Caverns.


The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, sometimes called America’s Rose Garden, in the City of Tyler, Texas, is the largest rose garden in the nation. It contains over 38,000 rose bushes and covers 14 acres, and is free to enter from dawn until dusk.


Utah is home to Rainbow Bridge, one of the world’s largest known natural bridges. The bridge consists of solid sandstone and stands at 278 feet wide and 309 feet high.


Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country. Additionally, 15% of the state is covered by dairy farms.


Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. Frank Julian Sprague designed the system, and the railway began operation in 1888 at Richmond. Running speed was 7.5 miles per hour, with a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour.


During the Great Depression, a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed along the Columbia river to increase the production of electricity. The project was completed in 1941 with the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest dam in the United States.

West Virginia

A boat propelled by machinery was launched by James Rumsey in the Potomac River at New Mecklensburg (Shepherdstown) on December 3, 1787. Some people consider this to the world’s first steamboat launch.


The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867. The machine only wrote in capital letters and was described as “a cross between a piano and a kitchen table.”


Wyoming is home to the North Antelope Rochelle coal mine. The mine was estimated to contain over 2.3 billion tonnes of recoverable coal.