Emilie Rusch

Grab your 10-pound rock. It’s time for the 2022 M Climb

Colorado School of Mines to welcome largest incoming class in university history with its traditional climb up Mount Zion
Students on the M Climb in 2021

Colorado School of Mines will celebrate its annual M Climb this week as it welcomes its largest incoming class in university history.

New Orediggers will climb Mount Zion in Golden together, carrying with them 10-pound rocks from their hometowns. Upon reaching the top, students will place their rocks on the mountainside emblem in the shape of an M, visible throughout Golden and beyond.

The 2022 M Climb is scheduled for the morning of Friday, Aug. 19. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 22.

Mines received about 11,500 applications for the 2022-23 academic year and will welcome 1,665 first-year and transfer students this fall.

New Mines students: By the numbers, 2022-23 edition

1,665                         New first-year and transfer students

31.4                            percent women

26.6                            percent underrepresented domestic ethnic or racial groups

16.6                            percent first-generation college students

2.2                              percent international students

3.80 to 4.0                  middle 50% high school GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale)

1350 to 1490              middle 50% SAT composite score

49                               states and U.S. territories represented

18                               countries represented

Top 3 U.S. states outside Colorado: Texas, California, Washington

Top 3 countries outside U.S.: Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Mexico

M Climb logistics


The M Climb will kick off around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 on the Intramural Fields (1651 Elm St., Golden). Students will depart in two waves.


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 1 p.m. Friday.

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future.