BlasterCard

Welcome to the BlasterCard Office!

The BlasterCard is the official identification card for the Colorado School of Mines. Encompassing physical access to residence halls, offices and labs, utilizing dining services, rec center privileges, library usage and more, your BlasterCard is your key to campus life. Your BlasterCard says that you are one of us.  Possibly most important, your BlasterCard identifies you as part of the MINES Community

 

  Blastercard NEWS

Be sure to check back frequently for Blastercard, meal plan, and access updates! 

Blastercard fyi

DID YOU KNOW???

Wireless charging uses magnetic induction to charge your phone. If you place anything between your phone and the charger such as magnetic mounts, magnetic cases, or other objects it could possibly reduce performance or damage the RFID chip in your BlasterCard. If you keep your BlasterCard in a phone case, we strongly recommend removing it before charging.

Office Hours

The BlasterCard Office  hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Photos and card printing while you wait

If you need a new, replacement BlasterCard or RTD pass, you have two options. 1) You can visit us at the Student Life Services Office (Student Center, E140) or 2)  E-mail a request including your name and CWID to blastercard@mines.edu. 

Purchase dining plans, check balances, review usage at the BlasterCard services Website

You can find information on available commuter plans above in the “SERVICES” section below as well as the Mines Dining Website HERETo purchase a plan, please visit the BlasterCard Services site HERE

Please be aware that all meal plan purchases are final.

RTD Passes

All RTD passes (new and replacements) will be created and issued upon request.

To request an RTD pass just visit us at the Blastercard office and it will be printed while you wait.

All current RTD passes should be active at this time.  Please email blastercard@mines.edu if you are having issues with your pass.

Services

  BLASTERCARD

  • Faculty, staff and students of Colorado School of Mines are eligible to receive a BlasterCard (Mines ID)
  • You have two options for receiving your BlasterCard 1) Visit us in person at the Student Life Services office, room E140 in the student center or 2) Utilize the online photo download process.
  • To begin the online process please visit our photo download page.
  • At the photo download page (https://myphoto.mines.edu/myphoto/) the picture you provide will need to meet the following guidelines.
    • Current color photo with a solid white or light color background, taken indoors with natural lighting and flash.
    • Full-face passport style headshot directly facing and looking at the camera with open eyes, a natural expression and no tilting of the head. Smiling is encouraged.
    • Clothing must be visible however no uniforms or costumes are allowed.
    • No hats, sunglasses, headphones, or other accessories which obstruct a complete view of the face and no one other than you are allowed. Prescription glasses without glare and religious head coverings are allowed.
    • You will be given the opportunity to crop/adjust the photo during the upload process.
    • Only .jpg files will be accepted with high resolution photographs being preferred.
    • If the site will not let you begin the process, please ensure that you have properly claimed your MINES email account. You can find more information about that process at https://its.mines.edu/account-claim/
  • Anyone requesting a BlasterCard will need a current, valid form of state or federal issued photo ID to establish identity. This may include:
    • Passport or passport card
    • Driver’s license or state-issued ID card
    • U.S. military ID or U.S. military dependent ID
  • There is no charge for your first BlasterCard
  • If you need a replacement BlasterCard you can visit us in person or e-mail a request to blastercard@mines.edu
  • The Blastercard and any applied services are NON-TRANSFERABLE.  Any attempts to share, duplicate, or otherwise misuse the card or it’s services will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate department. 

  RTD PASS

  • Only MINES students are eligible for RTD Passes
  • You must be a registered student in good standing to be issued an RTD Pass
  • If you currently DO have an RTD Pass that was issued to you by MINES, you do not need to have it replaced. It should continue to work for you as long as you are a registered student at MINES
  • All RTD passes are active during the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. They do not function during the summer sessions
  • If your RTD pass stops working (during the fall or spring semester) please contact us for a replacement at blastercard@mines.edu
  • If you need to replace your RTD pass, you can visit us in person or e-mail a request to blastercard@mines.edu
  • If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 303-384-CARD or blastercard@mines.edu

DOOR ACCESS

DINING SERVICES

Information on all Mines Dining Plans can be found HERE.

Commuter meal plans are available to students living off-campus, in Greek Housing, 1750 Jackson or at Mines Park Apartments.

Fall 22/Spring 23 Commuter Meal Plans will be available for purchase beginning August 15th

IMPORTANT NOTES – Only the Gold and Blue plans are eligible for meal exchange options at food service retail locations. All commuter plan sales are final.

Gold Plan 
19 meals per week at Mines Market, 3 EVENING meals per week are eligible for Meal Exchange in select retail locations. Plan includes $205 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals do not roll over into the following week. Munch Money rolls over from Fall to Spring semester.
Price: $3,250 per plan
Blue Plan 
14 meals per week at Mines Market, 3 EVENING meals per week are eligible for Meal Exchange in select retail locations. Plan includes $205 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals do not roll over into the following week. Munch Money rolls over from Fall to Spring semester.
Price: $3,185 per plan
Bronze Plan
10 meals per week at Mines Market. Plan includes $255 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals do not roll over into the following week. Munch Money rolls over from Fall to Spring semester. Meal swipes are only good at Mines Market. This plan does NOT include Meal Exchanges.
Price: $2,865 per plan
Silver Plan
8 meals per week at Mines Market. Plan includes $505 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals do not roll over into the following week. Munch Money rolls over from Fall to Spring semester. Meal swipes are only good at Mines Market. This plan does NOT include Meal Exchanges.
Price: $2,740 per plan
Agate Plan
40 meal swipes to Mines Market per plan. Plan includes $125 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals and Munch Money roll over from Fall to Spring semester. Meal swipes are only good at Mines Market. This plan does NOT include Meal Exchanges.
Price: $460 per plan
Double Agate Plan
80 meal swipes to Mines Market per plan. Plan includes $245 of Munch Money to be used at any Mines Dining location. Meals and Munch Money roll over to spring semester. Meal swipes are only good at Mines Market. This plan does NOT include Meal Exchanges.
Price: $900 per plan

Commuter meal plans can be purchased at our new BlasterCard Services Page

Please review meal plan details carefully as all sales are final.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Only the Gold and Blue plans are eligible for meal exchange options at food service retail locations. Meal exchanges are only good for EVENING MEALS.

If you have any questions please contact blastercard@mines.edu before making a purchase.

 

 

 

Your BlasterCard

DO YOU NEED IT?

SHORT ANSWER:  ABSOLUTELY!

LONG ANSWER:

It is the policy of Colorado School of Mines that each student, staff member and faculty member possess a valid identification card. This card must be presented upon request by any Mines official. The BlasterCard is a multi-function ID card.  It employs both a proximity chip and magnetic stripe technology.  The card can be used in conjunction with the Mines access control system, Mines dining locations, as well as many other functions.  The BlasterCard and any applied services are NON-TRANSFERABLE.  Any attempts to share, duplicate, or otherwise misuse the card or it’s services will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate department.

 

STUDENTS

  1. All meal plans (and accompanying “munch money”) that are available through MINES Dining are accessed with proximity chip embedded in BlasterCard. Each Mines Dining location on campus will use your BlasterCard to track meal swipes or confirm a “munch money” payment.
  2. Students who reside in one of the Residence Life residence halls use the BlasterCard as the “key” that grants admittance to those areas.  The BlasterCard can also be used to gain after-hours entry to certain academic buildings if you have been assigned special access.
  3. Other areas that will require your BlasterCard include Arthur Lakes Library and The Student Recreation Center.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Faculty and Staff members will need the BlasterCard for building access and for identification as appropriate.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

     

  • The BlasterCard makes use of two different types of “media”, a proximity chip and a magnetic strip.
  • A number that identifies you is programmed onto the magnetic strip, and a separate number is pre-encoded on the proximity chip embedded in the card and printed on the back.
  • Once your card has been created that information provided to different systems on campus.
  • Wireless charging could damage the RFID chip in your BlasterCard. If you keep your BlasterCard in a phone case, we strongly recommend removing it before charging.
  • The BlasterCard and any applied services are NON-TRANSFERABLE.  Any attempts to share, duplicate, or otherwise misuse the card or it’s services will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate department.

MY BLASTERCARD ISN’T WORKING?

  • The BlasterCard can serve a number of different functions. It’s important to determine if it is a problem with a specific function or the entire card.
  • If you are having problems, please email blastercard@mines.edu . It is also very helpful to provide as much information as possible about the situation.

HELPFUL HINTS.

  • Please don’t punch a hole in the card. It is possible that you will damage the antenna and your card will not function.
  • Wireless charging could possibly damage the RFID chip in your BlasterCard. If you keep your BlasterCard in a phone case, we strongly recommend removing it before charging.
  • If you are trying to access a building with your card and the reader makes no sound, the card is damaged and should be replaced. If the reader beeps, the card is working properly and you should contact the proctor of the area you are trying to access.
  • If you are trying to use your BlasterCard at one of the dining locations and it is declined. Please ask the staff member if there is an “error code”. This code will be tremendously helpful in correcting the issue.
  • Your BlasterCard does NOT need to be replaced each semester (unless it is damaged).

Contact info

BlasterCard Office
Ben H. Parker Student Center
Room E140

Hours
Monday-Friday
8 a.m – 4 p.m.