150 Years of Excellence, Innovation and Community
Here’s to our sesquicentennial milestone
In 2024, we’re marking a momentous occasion at Colorado School of Mines: 150 years of producing the talent, knowledge and solutions to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future. We welcome all Orediggers, past and present, to join us as we reflect on our rich history, celebrate the dynamic landscape of our present, and eagerly explore the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.
Moments that Define Mines
A history of engineering solutions on Earth and beyond
Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines has become a premier university in engineering and applied science. As our name implies, Mines originally focused on academic programs related to mining and mineral extraction, including geology, chemistry, mining engineering and math.
As we’ve grown over the decades, we’ve expanded our focus to deliver education and research that meet the needs of today’s industry and innovation. With programs in additive manufacturing, space resources and quantum engineering, we prepare our students to engineer solutions to the greatest challenges on earth—and beyond.
Over the past 150 years, Mines has been defined by our distinctive and cherished traditions. From the M Climb and Engineering Days to our beloved mascot Blaster the Burro, our students, faculty and staff come together to create a truly unique campus community.
Share Your Story!
What’s the Mines moment that defined you?
What experience stands out in your journey? Share your story with us for possible inclusion in our anniversary communications! Whether it be a recollection of your time at Mines, a fun fact or piece of trivia, or your hope for the future, we want to hear it!
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