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 laughing, walking up Mt. Zion

M Climb

Reaching new heights

student on zipline

Oredigger Camp

Meet your teammates

student on bouncy castle

E-Days

Celebrate Mines

Marvin the Miner at football game

Fight Song

Show your spirit

Blaster and student at graduation

Commencement

Silver-plated success

alumni on M Climb

Alumni Network

Keeping connected

Signature Oredigger Academic Experiences

students workin on design project

Cornerstone

Intro to design

students with cornerstone design product

Capstone

Real-world design

student outside CoorsTek

Honors & Scholars

Well-rounded education

student using test tube

Working in the Lab

Getting technical

prof and student outside at field session

Field Session

Learning out in the field

student welding

Building a Product

Cultivating ideas

recruiter and student and Career Day

Career Day

Building your future

students reading in library

Arthur Lakes Library

Perfect study spot

students in study group

Study Groups

Supportive learning

students in classroom

Classroom

Learning new things

prof teaching at front of room

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

Mines swimming

Athletics

Exceptional winning teams

Blaster the burro

Meeting Blaster

The cutest burro around

prof and student working in lab

Mentorship

Climbing together

Signature Experiences Beyond Campus

students posing with mountain in background

International Experience

Expanding your world

cyclist with Golden in background

Golden

Explore your new home

student kayaking

Outdoor Rec Center

Embrace your surroundings

coors brewery

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