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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana, earns its "reputation as an excellent undergraduate engineering school" with a combination of strong academics and "personal attention, small class sizes, and a family atmosphere," a rarity among tech schools. More succinctly, "Rose-Hulman is where nerds go to finally feel like they belong." Sure, "the workload is fairly heavy, especially sophomore year with the engineering curriculum." One mechanical engineering student describes the course work: "The material is difficult...but the culture is supportive, so you make it work." Rose-Hulman features an unusually robust support system, and that mitigates the strain. "The transition is made as smooth as possible from high school to college for freshmen" with "on-campus tutoring in the learning center (an excellent resource for students to get homework help)" and "professors who are always available outside of class." One student elaborates, "If you are walking down the hall, [professors] will say hello and usually ask how you are doing." Not only are those professors "happy to be teaching," but they have "real-world industry experience" to back it up. One student sums up the teaching philosophy as "theory is important, but application is everything." All of this hard work pays dividends in the form "a great alumni base" and a near 99 percent job placement rate six months after graduation.

Student Body

The kids who attend Rose-Hulman are smart, dedicated, and consequently, nerds, but "this is not a negative thing. Within the students here, there are no outcasts, and even our athletes are most likely also mathletes." "Everyone definitely marches to the beat of his own drum," students assure us. Personality types run the gamut from "geniuses, average students, student-athletes, outspoken, quiet, etc." Demographically, undergrads are "mostly white male engineers from the Midwest" (partly a function of Rose-Hulman's location), but "we are slowly expanding the Rose-Hulman name and getting people from all over the United States and globe." The population "is mostly boys, although the females are catching up." About half of the incoming freshman class played varsity sports in high school, which is about as many had been involved in the performing arts.

Campus Life

Life at Rose is academically demanding, but "the community here is so supportive and safe that you get through it," and while "students do a lot of homework and study a lot," they do occasionally find time to close the books and relax. "It's all work and little play Sunday through Thursday," but come Friday "we play hard.'" Students inform us "there's always something to do on campus, whether it's going to a fraternity party or attending a concert or going to a dance or just watching a movie with friends." Greek life is big, "but it's not your typical Animal House," and both intramural and Division III intercollegiate athletics have their supporters. There are also "tons of different groups to get involved in" on campus. Hometown Terre Haute, on the other hand, isn't so lively. "There isn't much to do" in town other than "go to the shadiest bars and check out the locals." As one student points out, "We are located in the middle of nowhere...not much they can do about it, but it is not so great."

Overview

Applicants
4,473
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

82%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 660

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 780

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
202
with Terminal Degree
200

151
Men
51
Women
28
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ernest Davidson
U. of Washington, National Medal of Science

Abe Silverstein
Aeronautical Engineering, Formation of NASA

Michael Musallem
Chairman/CEO of Edwards Life Sciences Corporation

Fred Garry
Former V.P. of GE, Nat'l Medal of Technology

Tim J. Cindric
President, Penske Racing

Marshall Goldsmith
Author/Speaker

Robert Wilkins
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$71,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$125,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$72,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$130,000

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
98%


Students Say

This is one of the top undergraduate engineering schools in the country, and “the job placement rate and average starting salary are amazing.” The importance is set strictly on academics and employers recognize that, and “the opportunities for gaining experience in your field of study are endless.” Career Services brings in numerous companies to help provide jobs, co-ops, and internships to students, and sets up mock interviews, résumé reviews, and numerous career and graduate school fairs to help the job hunt process run smoothly. Fifty-one percent of Rose-Hulman graduates who visited PayScale. com felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world; an average starting salary of $71,600 was reported.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,035

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,898

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,716

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$45,345

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,082

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,847
Required Fees
$915
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$900
Transportation for Commuters
$0

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,061
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,168
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

5.08%
Asian
2.70%
African-American
4.57%
Hispanic
67.57%
Caucasian
14.63%
International

25% female
75% male
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
58%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Patty Eaton

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

None prior to admission

Documentation Required for ADHD

None prior to admission

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
104
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
2

36% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

55% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Fightin' Engineers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fightin' Engineers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Student organization: Unity. www.rose-hulman.edu/Users/groups/Unity

Minority Support Groups: Student organizations: National Society of Black Engineers. www.rose-hulman.edu/NSBE/; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers http://www.rose-hulman.edu/shpe/; Society of Women Engineers http://rhitswe.wixsite.com/rhitswe; Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

79/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kelli Lloyd
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3999

Phone
812-877-8850

Email
campusvisits@rose-hulman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sports and Recreation Center
Hatfield Hall
White Chapel
Branam Innovation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Honey Creek Mall
Indiana State University
Movie Theatres
Deming Park
Children's Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
2:00 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
campusvisits@rose-hulman.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be admitted seniors.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Car rental. Indianapolis International Airport is nearest commercial airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
West of Indianapolis on I-70; Exit 11, North 3 miles to U.S. 40. Turn right. Entrance 1/4 mile on left.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn, Candlewood Suites, Fairfield Inn, Comfort Inn, Drury Inn, Pear Tree Inn, Hampton Inn, Days Inn, Best Western, Super 8, Knights Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Springhill Suites by Marriott


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