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

                                              

Services

  BLASTERCARD

  • Faculty, staff and students of Colorado School of Mines are eligible to receive a BlasterCard (Mines ID)
  • To begin the process for your first BlasterCard 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
  • To request a replacement BlasterCard please e-mail blastercard@mines.edu

  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 misplace your RTD pass please contact us for a replacement at 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 21/Spring 22Commuter Meal Plans

IMPORTANT NOTE – Only the Gold and Blue plans are eligible for meal exchange options at food service retail locations.

Gold Plan 
19 meals per week at Mines Market, 5 meals per week are eligible for Meal Exchange in select retail locations. Plan includes $200 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: $3,110 per plan
Blue Plan 
14 meals per week at Mines Market, 5 meals per week are eligible for Meal Exchange in select retail locations. Plan includes $200 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: $3,045 per plan
Bronze Plan
10 meals per week at Mines Market. Plan includes $250 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
Slate Plan
8 meals per week at Mines Market. Plan includes $500 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: $2,620 per plan
Agate Plan
40 meal swipes to Mines Market per plan. Plan includes $120 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: $440 per plan
Double Agate Plan
80 meal swipes to Mines Market per plan. Plan includes $240 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: $860 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.

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.

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 seperate number is pre-encoded on the proximity chip embeded in the card and printed on the back.
  • Once your card has been created that information provided to different systems on campus.

MY BLASTERCARD ISN’T WORKING?

  • The BlasterCard can serve a number of different functions. It’s important to determine if it is a probelem 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.
  • 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 memeber 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).

BC NEWS

Office Hours

The BlasterCard Office is now operating on our Fall Office Hours schedule. Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

If you need a replacement BlasterCard or RTD pass, please e-mail a request indluding your name and CWID to blastercard@mines.edu. 

A staff member will contact you by e-mail when it is ready for pickup. It is our goal to have requests completed by the next business day.

New Services Website

The BlasterCard program has launched a new website that will allow students to purchase COMMUTER mealplans as well as check meal swipes and munch money balances.  Visit the new site here.

RTD Passes

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

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

All requests should be sent to blastercard@mines.edu

Contact info

BlasterCard Office
Ben H. Parker Student Center
Room E140

Hours
Monday-Friday
9 a.m – 3 p.m.

303-384-CARD

blastercard@mines.edu