With 10-pound rocks in hand, incoming Mines students to kick off 2021-22 academic year with M Climb
The traditional M Climb up Mount Zion returns this week after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Incoming Colorado School of Mines students will carry 10-pound rocks from their hometowns up Mount Zion in Golden before placing them on the mountainside emblem.
Joining this year’s first-year students on the climb will be members from last year’s incoming class, who placed their rocks on a temporary M on campus following a revised M Climb in August 2020.
The 2021 M Climb is scheduled for the morning of Friday, Aug. 20. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.
Mines received 12,660 applications for the 2021-22 academic year and will welcome about 1,580 new freshmen and transfer students this fall — the largest incoming class in Mines history. Due to the pandemic, test scores were optional for all applicants, a policy that the university will continue moving forward following a change in Colorado state law.
New Mines students: By the numbers, 2021-22 edition
1,580 New first-year and transfer students
32.2 percent women
27.7 percent underrepresented domestic ethnic or racial groups
17.6 percent first-generation college students
2.5 percent international students
3.72 to 3.98 middle 50% high school GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale)
1340 to 1470 middle 50% SAT composite score
48 states and U.S. territories represented
14 countries represented
Top 3 U.S. states outside Colorado: Texas, California, Washington
Top 3 countries outside U.S.: Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, China
M Climb logistics
The M Climb will kick off around 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20 on the Intramural Fields (1651 Elm St., Golden, CO). Students will depart in two waves, based on their housing assignments and class year.
Students will walk from the IM Fields to 19th Street, cross over U.S. 6 and then climb up Lookout Mountain Road to the M on Mount Zion. After the climb, students will walk back to campus for a cookout and additional Fall Kickoff activities.
Note on Access
During the M Climb, Lookout Mountain Road will be closed to the public above the arches until 3 p.m. Friday.