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The School of Mines incoming freshman class will do their traditional hill climb Monday morning, to whitewash the “M”-blem on Mount Zion.  Each student will carry a 10-pound rock to contribute to the collection marking the M.  Here, according the school’s website, is this year’s incoming class at a glance:

–  1,080 students (960 freshman, 120 transfers)-  61 percent Colorado residents, 39 percent from 42 U.S. states and 14 foreign countries
–  28 percent are women
–  19 percent ethnic minorities
–  The class of 2016 is also the most academically prepared class in Mines history with an average composite SAT score of 1300, average ACT score of 30 and an average high school GPA of 3.8

The students will begin their walk from the Mines campus at 7:45.  The Lariat Loop Road will be closed to traffic from 19th Street up to the M.