Transformative Record of Applied Integrated Learning

Don’t Just Imagine Your Future, Forge It.

What is TRAIL?

At Mines, earning your degree can mean so much more than completing your coursework. Through our cutting-edge TRAIL initiative, you can now enhance your degree, your skillset and your marketability by engaging with this exciting and rewarding two-part program.

From performing undergraduate research, taking on leadership roles, to taking advantage of on and off-campus employment opportunities, you can enrich your university experience far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Round out your skillset, develop meaningful connections and stand out to future hiring managers

Are you ready to take the first step on your TRAIL?

Explore the components that make up TRAIL

Leadership & Innovation

Professional Development

Research, Creative, & Scholarly Achievement

Inclusive & Impactful Civic Engagement

Health & Well-being

Experiential Major Menus

Uniquely tailored to your undergraduate major of choice, these menus offer a wide array of extra-curricular activities that complement and enrich the traditional classroom experience.

Strengthen your leadership skills. Engage in teamwork opportunities. Evolve how you communicate and understand others. Use these EMMs to find opportunities that will help you grow and develop both personally and professionally setting you up for success wherever the future takes you.

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Oredigger Record of Experience

The famous author Anais Nin once said that “we write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Inspired by this idea, we cap off our TRAIL program with the Oredigger Record of Experience (ORE). The ORE provides a platform to help you capture, record and effectively communicate your out of classroom learning experiences at Mines.

With an ORE in hand upon graduation, you’ll be able to effortlessly share your unique and valuable experiences with potential employers or graduate schools. But in the end, the most valuable aspect of the ORE is that you’ll have a record of who you were at Mines and how that shaped you into the person you’ll be as you continue your journey.

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The Oredigger Trail

Load up your burro backpack for your journey on the Mines TRAIL!

We’ll climb together and explore the best of a distinct student experience as a community.

See you out there.

Contact Us

TRAIL Signature Experience

Undergraduate Studies
Alderson Hall, Room 450
Golden, CO 80401 



Five minutes from campus:

  • Jam to live music events.
  • Cheer on our Orediggers.
  • Hike up Mt. Zion.
  • Visit restaurants, festivals and more.
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As Colorado School of Mines prepares for our 150th anniversary in 2024, dynamic and disruptive change is all around us. MINES@150 is our plan to position Mines for future success.

It calls for change, but also to stay true to our timeless mission, pillars and core values.  MINES@150 leverages our size, location, and history, ensuring that our graduates will continue to be distinctive and highly valued, placing Mines at the frontiers of STEM education, research and innovation, and elevating our status among the world’s top universities.