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The Oredigger Experience Year By Year

Freshman Year: Building a Strong Foundation

Your son or daughter is headed toward a great education and community. Here’s a look at what’s in store.

On the academic side, first-year students will be taking core classes from tenure-track, research and teaching faculty, as well as industry professionals, all of whom will provide a diverse range of experiences and knowledge. They will also begin hands-on training through the school’s extensive laboratory infrastructure.

Because success in the workplace takes more than technical skills, Mines also teaches communication, leadership, teamwork and ethics. In their first year, students take Cornerstone Design, a team-based, semester-long course where they walk through the engineering thought process by examining and solving real-world challenges.

Mines freshmen will also:

Meet lifelong friends: Almost all incoming freshmen live on campus, where they’re right in the middle of school activities.

Find groups to join: Celebration of Mines, an on-campus fair spotlighting student organizations, shows students most of our
200-plus student groups.

Discover the power of collaboration and community: Incoming freshmen can participate in Oredigger Camp, a new program led by peer mentors held in Fairplay, CO.

Share the Mines experience: You’re invited to join other parents and the rest of the Mines community at Homecoming or Family Weekend.

Sophomore Year: Strengthening Ties

Now that your son or daughter is headed into sophomore year studies, we hope they are settled into a strong, supportive community here on campus. Most students have and, this year, they start finding the professional connections that could support them throughout their lives.

As sophomores, students will likely:

Zero in on a field of study: Sophomore year is when most students begin taking classes in their chosen majors and start seeing the value of professional organizations. Many take on student memberships in these groups.

Explore opportunities to gain experience: Many sophomores find summer internships. All students have access to DiggerNet, an online recruiting system rich in resources and job opportunities.

Enjoy extracurricular activities: As sophomores, most students have now joined one or more school organizations. Many play sports. Nearly 35 percent of students participate in intramurals. When you add in varsity and club sports, more than 50 percent are involved.

Round out their education: Mines offers ample opportunities for students to attend workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, such as financial planning, enhancing study skills, job searching and more.

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Junior Year: Digging Deeper

When your son or daughter calls home, are you hearing all about lessons learned in class and opportunities beyond campus? If you’re like most Mines parents, you are.

By now, Mines students have formed strong friendships, impassioned interests and a keen sense of professional direction. As juniors, students are:

Taking upper division classes: Junior year is when students really start to build the proficiencies he or she will need to succeed in a chosen field.

Gaining hands-on experience: Between junior and senior year, most students complete their field session work, a four- to six-week, in-depth project specific to each student’s major. Students are in the field or lab, conducting research or completing assignments.

Accumulating real-world experience: Nearly 80 percent of Mines graduates who pursue full-time jobs have some form of relevant experience to note on their résumés. This comes from internships, cooperative education, undergraduate research opportunities, job shadowing and part-time roles, often secured with the help of the Mines Career Center.

See the opportunities. Keep up with daily doings through the Mines Daily Blast:

Senior Year: Looking Ahead

Now that your son or daughter is in the final stretch, here’s something you should know: they are going to be ready for the next step, whether that means moving on to graduate school or succeeding in a full-time job.

Senior year at Mines means:

Growing expertise: By senior year, students are immersed in their major and participating in professional organizations.

Pulling it all together: Every Mines student completes a capstone project in which they integrate the knowledge they’ve gained in school and apply it toward a design problem.

Taking on leadership roles: Many students have taken on leadership roles in the various organizations they’ve joined, and now they’re starting to steer activities in groups or direct teams on the sports field.

Lining up employment or further studies: The Mines Career Center offers countless workshops and seminars on resume writing, interviewing skills and more. It also hosts two career fairs each year with as many as 200+ employers on campus, eager to meet young professionals like yours.

Moving forward: Among bachelor’s degree-earning graduates in the 2016-2017 school year, 88 percent left school with a job or a graduate school placement. The average annual starting salary was $67,500.

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