Colorado School of Mines
|Colorado School of Mines|
|Motto||Nil sine numine (Latin)|
|Endowment||$204.1 million |
|President||Dr. Myles W. (Bill) Scoggins|
|Location||Golden, Colorado, US|
|Campus||Suburban, 373 acres (1.5 km²)|
|Athletics||18 varsity teams|
|Colors||Blue & Silver|
|Mascot||Marvin the Miner & Blaster the Burro|
Colorado School of Mines (also referred to as "Mines") is a small public teaching and research university in Golden, Colorado, devoted to engineering and applied science, with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's natural resources.
Early history 
Golden, Colorado, established in 1859 as Golden City, served as a supply center for miners and settlers in the area. In 1866, Bishop George Maxwell Randall of Massachusetts arrived in the territory and, seeing a need for higher education facilities in the area, began planning for a university which would include a school of mines. In 1870, he opened the Jarvis Hall Collegiate School in the central building of the Colorado University Schools campus just south of the town of Golden, accompanied it with Matthews Hall (Colorado) divinity school in 1872, and in 1873 the School of Mines opened under the auspices of the Episcopal Church. In 1874 the School of Mines, supported by the territorial government since efforts began in 1870, was acquired by the territory and has been a state institution since 1876 when Colorado attained statehood. Tuition was originally free to residents of Colorado. The school's logo was designed by prominent architect Jacques Benedict.
The first building on the current site of the school was built in 1880 with additions completed in 1882 and 1890. The building, known as "Chemistry Hall," stood where Hill Hall is now located. The next building to be added to the campus was Engineering Hall built in 1894 which is still in use today by the Economics and Business Division.
Other firsts include the first Board of Trustees meeting held in 1879; the first formal commencement held in 1883 for two graduates (William Beebe Middleton and Walter Howard Wiley); the first international student graduated in 1889; and the first female student graduated in 1898. In 1906 Mines became the first school of its kind in the world to own and operate its own experimental mine, designed for practical teaching of the students, which was located on Mt. Zion and succeeded in the 1930s by the Edgar Mine. In 1879, there was some discussion about merging School of Mines and the State University in Boulder (University of Colorado at Boulder). Apparently, because of the specialized focus of School of Mines, it was decided that such a merger would not be appropriate. During the early years of the institution the chief administrator was the "Professor in Charge." The designation President was first used in 1880. The "M" on Mt. Zion, a prominent feature in the Golden area, was constructed in 1908 and lighted in 1932.
Early academic departments were drafting, physics, metallurgy, chemistry and mining. In the 1920s, departments formed in geology, petroleum engineering and geophysics. Petroleum refining was added in 1946. The Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies and the Department of Physical Education and Athletics provide nontechnical educational opportunities for Mines students. Other facilities include: Ben Parker Student Center, Arthur Lakes Library, Green Center and the Edgar Mine which is located in Idaho Springs.
Recent history 
The Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. It has the highest admissions standards of any public state university in Colorado. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program that is geared toward responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources and is considered by many to be the "world's foremost college of mineral engineering".
In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies an unusual position among the world's institutions of higher education.
In August 2007, a new student recreation center was completed. In 2008, the school finished expanding its main computer center, the Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM). In May 2008 the school completed construction and installation of a new supercomputer nicknamed "Ra" in the CTLM managed by the Golden Energy Computing Organization (GECO), a partnership between the Colorado School of Mines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Science Foundation.
The school operates one of the country's most prestigious geology museums. The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum displays rock and mineral specimens collected from Colorado's numerous mining districts as well as around the world. The museum's exhibits include specimens from the Frank Allison gold and silver collection, part of the famous Nininger meteorite collection, and Sweet Home Mine rhodochrosite, as well as a model uranium mine and various pieces of mining related art.
Mines is the host of the annual Colorado State Science Olympiad, which draws teams from both the northern regional (hosted at Poudre High School) and southern regional (hosted at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) competitions. One or two teams usually advance to the national finals, depending on the number of teams registered to compete. Mines also hosts the Colorado Regional Science Bowl, and shares hosting of the Colorado State MathCounts Competition with University of Denver, alternating biennially.
Since 1964, the Colorado School of Mines has hosted the annual oil shale symposium, one of the most important international oil shale conferences. Although the series of symposia stopped after 1992, the tradition was restored in 2006.
Mountain monogram 
The school also maintains one of the oldest mountain monograms in the United States. Perched on Mount Zion above the campus, the stone monument of the school's M logo is illuminated every evening, and can be seen from miles away. During holidays and special occasions, such as finals week, the structure is illuminated different colors and patterns to reflect the season. Also, every year during the first week of school, the incoming freshmen class hike up to the "M" and contribute a 10 pound rock to the formation and apply a fresh coating of whitewash. Several attempts have been made to demolish the M with explosives, which in at least one case led to expulsions.
One case in particular was on November 6, 1919 when students from the University of Denver (DU) planned a trip up to Mt. Zion to paint the M crimson and gold (DU's school colors). Mines students got word of this attempt beforehand and were waiting on the road with pistols drawn. Rumor has it shots were fired but no one was hurt. Instead the students were paraded down to Stratton Hall, relieved of their hair and an "M" was conspicuously painted on each forehead with silver nitrate and the captives were later paraded around Golden wearing white jumpers with blue M's.[dead link]
Bill Blass, a Denver Post reporter, slammed the Mines students for their outrageous conduct and unacceptable behavior. In response the students called the Post and asked for Blass to come out and see the real Mines and that he was misinformed about what Mines was all about. Meanwhile, they also put in a call to the Rocky Mountain News to send a reporter and a photographer for a "great story." Upon arriving, Bill Blass was taken prisoner, relieved of his hair as well and outfitted in "mines diggers" while the News team captured all the color for their paper.
In April 1990, a group of students from historical rival New Mexico Tech (formerly New Mexico School of Mines), added an "N" and "T" to the top of the peak to form the school's initials, "NMT".
In 2008, the "M" underwent an update to bring it into line with the "green energy" focus that Governor Bill Ritter has envisioned for all state institutions. The 1553 light bulbs that make up the M were changed from incandescent to LED, which was projected to save Mines hundreds of dollars on electrical costs, and pave the way to eventually power the "M" using only solar energy. To commemorate the switch to LED bulbs, Blue Key Honor Society made the M glow bright white at approximately 6:50 p.m., October 3, 2008.
The Colorado School of Mines campus presents one of the most distinctive and historically significant collections of academic buildings in Colorado. As an unofficial rule throughout its history Mines buildings have been designed in the latest styles and technology since its very first one, reflecting the technical nature of the school. Their design across time has spanned a spectrum of styles from Second Empire to Postmodernist, created by noted Colorado architectural masters including Robert S. Roeschlaub (Hall of Engineering), Jacques Benedict (Steinhauer Field House), and Temple Hoyne Buell (Berthoud Hall). To date two main academic buildings are gone (original Territorial School of Mines, 1871–93; Hall of Chemistry, 1880–1958), while the present campus includes:
The honorary named Colorado School of Mines buildings commemorate Dr. Victor C. Alderson, Edward L. Berthoud, George R. Brown, Dr. Regis Chauvenet, Dr. Melville F. Coolbaugh, Cecil H. and Ida Green, Simon Guggenheim, Nathaniel P. Hill, Arthur Lakes, Dr. Paul D. Meyer, Winfield S. Stratton, and Russell K. Volk.
Most notably, Colorado School of Mines is ranked 1st in PayScale's 2012 "Return on Investment" (ROI) rankings for public schools (14th overall when including private schools). Other rankings include:
- 4th in PayScale's 2012-13 "Top State Schools By Salary Potential."
- 8th in PayScale's 2012-13 "Top Engineering Schools By Salary Potential."
- 32nd in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Top Public Schools."
- 57th in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best Engineering Graduate Schools."
- 77th in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best National Universities Rankings."
- 58th in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine’s 2012 "Best Values in Public Colleges."
Admissions Profile 
For the class of 2016 (enrolled fall 2012), Colorado School of Mines received 11,682 applications, accepted 4,373 (37.4%) and enrolled 949 (21.7% of those accepted). In terms of class rank, 60% of enrolled freshmen were in the top tenth of their high school classes, and 91% were in the top quarter. The middle 50% range of SAT scores for the enrolled freshmen was 570-670 for critical reading, 630-720 for math, and 550-650 for writing, while the ACT Composite range was 27–31. The average high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of enrolled freshmen was 3.80. Men constituted 71.5% of the 949 matriculants in the incoming class of 2016, women 28.5%.
The Colorado School of Mines has also been successful athletically as of late. The Orediggers claimed the institution's first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) All-Sports Cup during the 2011-12 academic year, while also finishing 18th in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Rankings - Mines' second-straight year ranked No. 18. In 2009-10, Mines finished 15th in the rankings for the best finish in school history. The men's cross country team placed 3rd at the 2009 NCAA Division II championships. The recent success on the football field has vaulted them the upper echelon of the NCAA rankings, most recently[when?] coming in at #23 in the AP Poll. They were Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions in 2004 and Co-Champions in 2010. In 2012, the men's basketball team was ranked number 1 and made it to the round of 16 where there they were knocked out by Metropolitan State.
Each spring semester, the Colorado School of Mines students and faculty celebrate E-days (or Engineering Days). This three-day festival is kicked off with the "Ore Cart Pull". This event consists of students collectively pulling an ore cart 7.5 miles down Colfax Ave to the Colorado State Capitol in Downtown Denver.
Freshmen at the Colorado School of Mines are expected, but not required, to participate in the M-Climb. During this climb, students carry a ten-pound rock up Mt. Zion. At the top of the mountain, they are then told to whitewash the M. While also being a mild hazing tradition, students take great pride in this process as it symbolizes the struggle they endure at the school to reach their goals. At graduation time, seniors are invited to return to the M and retrieve a rock to keep. This symbolizes the students taking the knowledge and skills they've learned with them into the next stage of their lives.
- Professor in Charge.
- Began as Professor in Charge, became the first President.
- Served as President Twice
See also 
- As of June 30, 2012."U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers.
- As of October 15, 2012. "Colorado School of Mines Common Data Set 2012-2013, Part B". Colorado School of Mines.
- Blaster - Burro or Mule?
- "Colorado School of Mines - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report". Colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 23. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- Colorado gems & minerals: a guide to ... - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1987. ISBN 978-1-55838-072-1. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Mines unveils energy supercomputer 'Ra'
- Purga, Jaanus (2006). "26th Oil Shale Symposium in Golden – waking up the largest oil shale reserve in the world" (PDF). Oil Shale. A Scientific-Technical Journal (Estonian Academy Publishers) 23 (4): 385–386. ISSN 0208-189X. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- A "Blast" From the Past: The Football Season of 1919
- Eckley, Wilton "Rocky Mountains to the World: A History of the Colorado School of Mines" ISBN 1-57864-265-5
- Maestas, Sal (May 3, 1990). "Spring Fling '90". Paydirt (Socorro, NM: New Mexico Tech). p. 1,6,7.
- Mines Magazine, Summer 2008. http://www.mines.edu/magazine/2008/Summer/Departments/inside_mines.html#M
- "2012 ROI Rankings: College Education Value Compared". PayScale.com.
- "2012-2013 PayScale College Salary Report - State Schools by Salary Potential". Payscale.com.
- "2012-2013 PayScale College Salary Report - Engineering Schools by Salary Potential". Payscale.com.
- "U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2013.
- "Best Values in Public Colleges". Kiplinger's Personal Finance. January 2013.
- "Colorado School of Mines Common Data Set 2011-2012, Part C". Colorado School of Mines.