Anti-social, super smart, video game nerds who don't know how to effectively communicate. When people hear I go to Mines often the first thing they say is "Oh, you're one of those people." I would say that there are people who attend Mines who fit that stereotype but for the most part the students here are just like students any where else. If you want to be social and avoid falling into this stereotype the opportunities defiantly exist.
Generally Mines students are thought of as geeks or nerds that have no athletic abilities and are socially awkward. In some ways, this stereotype is accurate. Most students at the school are engineering students, are into gaming, and relate every day experience back to classroom knowledge. I think Mines is also not given enough credit for the athletes they do have, though.
We are predominately an engineering school so we have the obvious stereotypes that come with the name. Though stereotypes of the typical "geek" can be seen, students at the Colorado School of Mines are typically ambitious and show strong interests in math and science.
From the outside, everyone calls us nerds. When you go here, you don't view yourself as a nerd, but really we all are. There are varying degrees of nerds here. Most of us are almost normal, but there are those that are extremely nerdy. Another thing that takes getting used to is the 3:1 guy to girl ratio. It's not terrible but it is slightly peculiar at first. One last thing. Since 65-70% of the degrees at CSM are engineering related, if your degree doesn't have the word Engineering in it, people might not understand why you go to CSM.