Summer Session 2015 

Summer Session is for students AND parents.  It is different from the Discover Mines session you may have attended in the spring.  Summer Session will provide you with much more detailed information on Mines and will assist you in transitioning to college life.  Though Summer Session is not mandatory, we STRONGLY recommend that you attend.

During Summer Session you will meet with faculty and staff members, talk with current students, learn about the various resources offered by the School, and obtain specific information to prep for your arrival in the fall.  The faculty, staff, and student orientation leaders will be available and make every effort to answer your questions and familiarize you with the campus.  Please note: you will NOT register for your own classes for your first semester at Mines, the Registrar's Office does this for you.  Class registration is based on any AP/IB scores submitted to the School this summer.

SUMMER SESSION DATES for 2015 Schedule PDF versionText only version

Friday July 24

Monday July 27

Friday July 31

Monday August 3

Registration is now CLOSED

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Oredigger Camp 2015

Oredigger Camp is a MANDATORY program for first year students.  AUGUST 21-24, 2015

This three and a half-day program will help you to become acquainted with the Mines campus, your incoming peer class and community and is MANDATORY. 

JOIN Us August 21st (3pm) -24th the 2015 event. (Don't miss it!)

THE FINAL schedule is herePDF versionText only version

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CSM- Outdoor Recreation Center

Wilderness Orientation (WO)


The goal of the Wilderness Orientation program is to aid new incoming students as you transition into the Colorado School of Mines community. The first year at college is the most critical and often challenging in the students mind. Some students leave school or drop out completely because of the challenges they face. College can be tough because of the first time freedom students have making decisions, meeting new people, fitting into a new community, and adapting to a new culture. Our goal is to help with these issues by working to build a support network for you. We want to provide you with resources to help you succeed, and provide a confidence-building and challenging experience in the outdoors before the challenges and rigors of the school year begin. We hope this experience will aid you in making wise decisions during your first year. The Wilderness Orientation program is for incoming undergraduate students or students transferring to Mines from another 2-year institution. Your Wilderness Orientation will be your first step toward a successful Mines experience. 

This is a 4-day backpacking trip in some of the most beautiful places in Colorado. We will be sending out two groups each week with 3 instructors and 8 students per trip. You will be working together each day to cook your meals, navigate backcountry trails, and talk about live at Mines and the future adventures that are coming your way. 


The Colorado School of Mines is known for providing its students with a world class education. What might not be as obvious is that we at CSM try to help students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. Today’s graduates will leave CSM not only with a tremendous technical background but also strong leadership, and communication skills in addition to the ability to problem solve whether in the backcountry, the boardroom, or the lab.


Dates and Cost


There are two trip date options for this program. Each trip will begin directly after the CSM New Student Orientations on Monday July 27, and Monday August 4th. You would need to attend the Monday NSO since we will not return in time for either of the Friday NSO Programs. If you are not required to attend the NSO program, you are still welcome on the Wilderness Orientation program provided you are an incoming undergraduate student or transferring to Mines from another 2-year institution. 


Option #1- 5pm, Monday, July 27 to 5pm, Friday, July 31, 2015

Option#2- 5pm, Monday, August 4 to 5pm, Friday, August 7th, 2015

Cost: $260

Includes: transportation, instruction, group gear, food. If needed: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack.

Transportation to the Denver Airport on Friday evening can either be provided by the ORC for an additional fee or Super Shuttle from Golden can also be arranged.


Registration Information: Please download the application on our website at  http://recsports.mines.edu/W-I-L-D-  and return it via mail or email to Nate Bondi, Director of the Outdoor Recreation Center,nbondi@mines.edu


The 2015 Parents & Family Weekend has been scheduled for November  6th-8th.  We will have a little something for everyone.  Registration will begin in August 2015

Questions?  Contact the Student Activities Office at 303-273-3234.  Or try our NEW live chat feature at the bottom RIGHT of your Screen


Helpful Links


Celebration of Mines

E-Days Scholarship


Mines Activities Council


Parents and Family Weekend

Report a Student Organization Incident


Office Contact Information

1020 19th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Hours: 8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
PH: 303.273.3234
FAX: 303.273.3931