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.