Residence Life at Mines

Join the Oredigger Community

As a part of the Division of Student Life, the Department of Residence Life plays an integral role in our students’ education and development. We support the Colorado School of Mines mission by providing services, policies, and programs that enhance academic and social experiences in a safe, friendly, and challenging residential community. We feel that campus living combines the essential elements for a successful college experience. All residents are stewards of our residential communities and are encouraged to take responsibility for their success. There’s a sense of shared community in our residential communities; a sense of living, learning, and respect; and a sense of commitment to the community. We’d like you to be a part of that!

Our Mission:
Learning through Living at Mines

We believe living on campus fosters student learning, development, and personal growth. We show dedication to our students by creating experiences and physical spaces that recognize the unique challenges and opportunities of being an Oredigger at Colorado School of Mines. We are committed to providing intentional learning by facilitating a safe, inclusive, and academically focused environment. We challenge and encourage students to be critical thinkers and civically-engaged leaders in a diverse global community.

Mines Residence Life Pillars

These Pillars of Community sustain and uphold the mission and vision of Residence Life. As members of our community, we experience life at Mines as a place where all are empowered to learn and grow. We are committed to honoring each other’s identities and experiences. We value relationships by striving to see each others’ point of view, and even through conflict, we learn from one another.

We show our commitment to our community by working to uphold these pillars:






Social Justice Education

Residence Life is dedicated to providing an inclusive community that fosters understanding and appreciation of all races, religions, national origins, socio-economic classes, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical and learning abilities, and ages. We are committed to playing an important role in the educational experience by providing students and staff with diverse educational and social opportunities so that they may become more justice-minded and educated members of society to address the needs of the world’s growing population.  As an institution that is devoted to engineering and applied sciences, we call upon our communities to cultivate a passion for social justice and diversity and to develop the skill and knowledge set needed to take action for change within our global society.

We will encourage the expression of different voices, perspectives, and ideas.

We will challenge our own beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints.

We will advocate for an accessible, safe, and respectful environment to enhance the living, learning, and working community at Colorado School of Mines.

We will acknowledge and respect the multiple identities represented in each individual.

We will show our commitment by our voice and our conduct.

Roles of Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Coordinators
Residence Life Coordinators are Master’s degree holding individuals who are directly responsible for managing multiple residential buildings, designing and implementing programs within halls, and overseeing the maintenance, housekeeping, safety and disciplinary standards within their residential communities.

Community Directors
Community Directors are paraprofessional staff members that live and work in the Residence Halls or Apartment Communities while attending school full time. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their assigned hall or community, including providing support services directly to students, supervising Resident Advisors (RAs), and overseeing all educational, social, and operational activities.

Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time students who live in the Residence Halls or Apartment Communities and are responsible for a particular floor/building of residents. They provide support, act as a resource for students, coordinate social and educational programs, and work with one another as a group to enforce community rules and university policies within the halls.