The McBride community is unlike any other, because we are a family. Anyone who becomes involved with the McBride Program gains countless friends for life, whether they are a student, faculty member or simply just a friend of a friend. Every single member cares about the small but powerful intricacies of human interaction and life overall. That bond is what ties together everyone who joins and that bond is what allows alumni to never forget the wonderful memories formed during their years in the program.

How It Works Together

The McBride community is made up of different parts that all add up to create a wonderful family. The community consists of the Director and Program Assistant, the Student Directors, the Student Assistants, the Professors that teach the McBride Honors Classes, and last but not least, the wonderful students. So, if you are a prospective student or a loved one of someone considering the program, rest assured that you/they will be joining something truly special.


Students in the McBride Honors Program are creative, highly motivated, and intellectually curious.  Not only are they some of the brightest and most high achieving students at Mines, students join the Honors program because they want to get the most from their educations. Most want to sharpen their skills at critical thinking and effective communication. Many want to develop their leadership potential or to become entrepreneurs. Still others are preparing themselves for postgraduate work in law, medicine, science, and engineering.

Whatever their aspirations, all McBride students want to understand the world around them. They want to explore ideas and to learn by doing. They want to challenge themselves and learn from each other.  They want to grow as citizens of a global community.

Most students join the McBride Honors Program as sophomores.  Some will complete the First Year Honors Experience and move into McBride. Others will join the program later in their academic careers. Transfer students and upper-class students can also join the Program, depending on space and their schedules.