New Student Orientation

All new students will need to attend an Orientation prior to the start of the semester. This program will prepare students for the challenges they may face their first year of college. Students will have the opportunity to get connected to the campus community and build relationships with other new incoming students. Summer orientation sessions are listed below. Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Orientation Sessions (see schedule below).  Please register for the orientation so that we can be prepared to meet your needs.


Orientation is full of activities planned to help students get to know one another - as well as learn more about campus and college life. It is a two day event that will cover detailed sessions about how to succeed as a first year student at the School of Mines - meeting students, faculty, staff, Tablet PC Orientation, and more!

Register for Orientation using the New Student Interactive Checklist.

Orientation takes place the day after the Residence Halls open for occupancy in the Fall. Student meal plans will cover the cost of their meals during orientation. Parents and guests will need to pay for meals.

EXAMPLE Fall New Student Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:00 AM Residence Halls Open for Move-In
6:30 PM Soccer vs. Hastings College
7:00 PM All Halls Residence Life Meeting
Friday, August 22, 2014
8:00 AM President's New Student Convocation
9:00 AM Department Meetings
10:00 AM Get to know you activities
11:00 AM Tablet PC Orientation
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Mines Advantage
2:00 PM Life @ Mines
3:00 PM Community @ Mines
4:00 PM Wellness
5:00 PM Open Hour
6:00 PM Dinner
Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Finding your classrooms and laboratories
10:00 AM Campus Services
11:00 AM What is Diversity and Inclusion
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Academic Resources
2:00 PM Networking & Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production

   *This is an EXAMPLE schedule for orientation. Students’ schedules will vary depending on the Orientation Group they are in. The students will be rotating sessions with their smaller Orientation Group.

Orientation:  Athletics

Hardrocker football, soccer, and volleyball players will have the afternoon to move into their residence halls and begin their college transition to the School of Mines. Students will learn the ropes to becoming a balanced athlete and college student. Sessions will be available for parents.

  • Football - August 12, 2014
  • Soccer & Volleyball - August 17, 2014

Orientation:  Veterans

Orientation for Veteran Students will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014; Please register for 2014 Fall Orientation and then select "Yes, I will attend the Veteran's Orientation".