The Oredigger Experience

The Oredigger Experience

The experience at Mines differs for each student, as each brings unique interests, intentions, abilities and other attributes to our community. But there is a common, thoughtfully engineered and time-tested framework that also supports and shapes every student journeyand makes a Mines experience unlike any other.  

This is what we call the Oredigger Experience. 

Like Orediggers from generations past, today’s students have a shared experience that pushes and pulls them through their college years at Mines. From extracurricular activities to numerous professional development and entrepreneurial opportunities, from traditions going back generations to top-notch academics, every Oredigger can find their place at Mines and thrive through their years on campus and beyond. The pages that follow name some, but not all, of those common experiences and opportunities—and share student thoughts on each.

What’s Mines all about? You’re about to find out.

Signature Oredigger Life Experiences

Students posing for a picture with their rocks while climbing up to the M.

M Climb

Reaching new heights

Students at Oredigger Camp posing at the fire camp with smores.

Oredigger Camp

Meet your teammates

Students at E-Days playing four square


Celebrate Mines

Marvin the Miner at football game

Fight Song

Show your spirit

Blaster posing for a picture with a student graduating from Mines


Silver-plated success

alumni on M Climb

Alumni Network

Keeping connected

Signature Oredigger Academic Experiences

Student working on their design in the computer lab.


Intro to design

students with cornerstone design product


Real-world design

student outside CoorsTek

Honors & Scholars

Well-rounded education

Student working in the welding lab

Working in the Lab

Getting technical

Electrical Engineering students working with circuits.

Field Session

Learning out in the field

A student presenting their research to an audience.

Building a Product

Cultivating ideas

A student and employer shaking hands at career fair

Career Day

Building your future

A student performing music in the library

Arthur Lakes Library

Perfect study spot

Students studying together at CASA

Study Groups

Supportive learning

students in classroom


Learning new things

President Johnson talking to the new faculty.


Award-winning leaders

Signature Oredigger Campus Experiences

student playing volleyball outside

Living on Campus

Creating a new community

students in classroom

Outside the Classroom

Exploring your passions

The orediggers playing football at home.


Exceptional winning teams

Blaster the burro

Meeting Blaster

The cutest burro around

Two professors sitting together and in conversation.


Climbing together

Signature Experiences Beyond Campus

students posing with mountain in background

International Experience

Expanding your world

cyclist with Golden in background


Explore your new home

Student using the rock wall in the recreation center.

Outdoor Rec Center

Embrace your surroundings

Clear Creek with the Coors brewery in the background.

Coors Brewery Tour

Touring Golden history

President Johnson and students at Oredigger Camp

Paul C. Johnson, President and Professor

“The Mines signature student experience is a well-orchestrated combination of challenging course work, workshops and seminars, self-guided learning, practical experiences and mentoring through which our students develop technical prowess, business acumen, professional skills and a broad understanding of the world within which they operate.” 

What you gain from the Oredigger Experience

Being an Oredigger is unlike anything else. With unique opportunities both in and out of the classroom, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that will not only ensure fulfillment and fun during your time at Mines but long after. How will you make the most out of your experience?

  • Top-notch technical training
  • Hands-on learning in and out of the classroom
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Global experiences and exposure
  • Real-world research participation
  • Unique living and learning experiences
  • Opportunities to explore entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Fun events and engagements throughout the school year
  • A community who cares about your mental and physical wellness