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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Introduction

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational, undergraduate school focused on math, science, and engineering. The majority of students are engineering majors. Unless you are from Indiana or in the engineering field, you probably haven’t heard of Rose-Hulman. Even if you are from those demographics, you still may not have heard of Rose-Hulman. It seems that Rose-Hulman is the best kept secret of the Midwest. Rose-Hulman is essentially a utopian community of engineers and scientists.

While Rose-Hulman’s price tag is a little expensive, it is worth the educational investment since the average starting salary for 2008 grads was $57,822. Rose-Hulman is like an all-inclusive vacation resort; once you have paid the initial fee, everything else is covered. When the student activities board brings a comedian or musician to campus, it is free to go see the performance. When the fine arts program brings a legendary violinist or a touring Shakespeare company to Hadley Hall, the public pays fifteen to twenty dollars, but students get in for free. Athletic events, seasonal carnivals, drama productions, and random outings sponsored by student groups or academic departments are free. And, we love to tailgate for drama productions and less well-attended sports; it is all about gathering together to take a break from studying.

Rose-Hulman is unique because it is a true community. Because the campus is located outside the town of Terre Haute (part of the campus is in the city limits, and the other section is outside of the city limits), there are only two ways to drive on campus creating a safe little community. The campus culture endorses what is called the “open door policy.” While not an actual school policy, students feel so safe in their residence halls that people rarely shut the doors to their rooms, let alone lock those doors.

For all four of my undergraduate years, I lived in the residence halls. I cannot remember ever locking my door. It was always a scramble at the end of the year to find my room key to turn in for the summer break. I loved walking up and down the halls and seeing my classmates hard at work or play in their rooms. The open doors made the residence halls feel like a giant family hallway instead of a hotel with isolated rooms.

It is nearly impossible to get lost in the shuffle at Rose-Hulman. When freshmen and their parents show up during freshman orientation, members of the residence life staff move all of the boxes in for the family so that their last few moments together are not stressful moving moments. Professors are often seen wandering through the halls during move-in day to meet their advisees and their parents. It is apparent to the freshmen and their parents when they show up on move-in day that they have arrived at a community where the people genuinely care about one another. All of the attention does not end once classes start; professors are genuinely interested in students’ lives, and make an effort to get to know them.

Rarely did I have a class where my professor did not give out his or her home phone number. And while the professors technically have office hours, I never bothered to figure out when they were because the professors had their office doors open and were available all the time. I spent hours conversing with my professors about topics unrelated to class because all of them had very interesting experiences prior to teaching at Rose-Hulman. While not my purpose in getting to know my professors on a personal level, an added benefit was that when I applied to professional programs my letters of recommendation were actually written by PhD professors who could speak very specifically to my skills and experiences. I even had friends who would meet their professors at the racquetball courts in the Sports and Recreation Center after calculus class.

The staff at Rose-Hulman is also very friendly and knowledgeable. College administrators are accessible to all of the students and are willing to meet individual student needs. It is wonderful to be part of a community when everyone is pulling for you to succeed, especially when you feel like graduation is too far away.

I was on a first-name basis with many of the staff members from Pete, the Dean of Students, to Keith, the late-night, on-campus snack shop cashier.

The day of Commencement, student spirits run high because the graduates are so excited to have made it and earned a degree from Rose- Hulman. However, the jubilation is nostalgic because students know that they are leaving an incredibly special living and learning community, an engineering and science utopia. Rose-Hulman is a cooperative learning environment where students are challenged intellectually and given the freedom and nurturing needed to mature into responsible citizens. The learning process forges lifelong bonds between students, staff, and professors. Every year, members of the Rose-Hulman family earn their wings and leave the nest, but none of the graduates ever forgets “dear old Rose.”

Academics

First-year classes average twenty-one students, but upper-level classes are generally much smaller with maybe only five or six students. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1, allowing students to receive the personal attention that helps them mature as scientists and engineers. There are 158 full-time faculty and they all teach undergraduates. Ninetynine percent of the professors have PhDs. In addition to traditional classroom education, the curriculum is flexible enough that students can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, co-op, and cross-register with nearby schools.

My junior year, I took a class with a professor and really enjoyed her teaching style. Several of my classmates shared my sentiments so we asked her to teach a specific class tailored to our interests and her specialty. The class that resulted was probably my favorite class because there were only six students and it was taught as a discussion seminar.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Twenty percent of the credits required for graduation must come from humanities classes. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences encompasses social sciences and other topics of study that are not math, science, or engineering. Professors in this department have the flexibility to teach classes that may not be traditional humanity or social science classes, but perhaps a special topic in the professor’s interest. For example, students can take Jane Austen Literature, Japanese Society, Music Appreciation, Gender Issues, German Fairy Tales, or Presidential Campaigns and Speeches. While not required, many students choose to concentrate their studies in one particular area and select a minor. The most popular minors are Economics, Literature and Language, and Spanish. The Institute just approved a new “second major” in International Studies. Additionally, the humanities and social sciences department is well funded thanks to some very generous donors, so the department frequently sponsors all-expenses paid trips to Chicago or Indianapolis to see theater productions or visit art museums. The same funds also go to supporting students who choose to study abroad during the summer or school year.

When I studied abroad in Germany for the summer, my tuition was taken care of thanks to a grant from the Humanities funds. I spent six weeks in Magdeburg, Germany which is just a short train ride from Berlin. My study abroad was a comprehensive study of culture, history, and language. Each week we took a field trip to another city. I also spent a weekend with a host family where I visited their apartment in the city and their garden home in the country.

Quarter System

The good news: Rose-Hulman students get extra time off at Thanksgiving to eat more turkey. And, students essentially have two spring breaks. The bad news: students at Rose-Hulman have three sets of finals instead of just two like students at semester schools. Rose-Hulman operates on the quarter system with the fall, winter, and spring quarters comprising the normal school year and the summer quarter being optional. Each quarter is ten weeks and the “eleventh” week of the quarter is designated for finals. Finals are four hours long and most of the classes have a scheduled final. Some seminar and upper-level classes substitute a substantial report or project for a final grade. After each quarter, students get a week break. Fall quarter finals are the week before Thanksgiving, so students get the entire week of Thanksgiving off. Depending on the year, students get a two- or three-week break in the middle of winter quarter for winter break. Winter quarter ends mid to late February so students get an “early” spring break late February or early March. Then, students get a second spring break during late April in the middle of spring quarter.

Curriculum

Freshmen at Rose-Hulman get their feet wet in the sciences and engineering by taking calculus, chemistry, and physics. Many students also take some form of biology and computer programming during their first or second year. After the first year, the majority of engineering majors all take the same classes their sophomore year, called “sophomore curriculum.” The sophomore curriculum consists of: conservation and accounting principles (this is the basis of learning to solve engineering story problems), mechanical systems, electrical systems, fluid mechanics, and analysis and design of engineering systems (this is the culmination of understanding and solving engineering story problems). A normal course load is sixteen to eighteen hours or four classes per quarter. Most of the science and engineering classes also have a lab component. Classes and labs are both graded on a 4.0 scale with an “A” being a 4.0. Most class grades are comprised of class participation points, lab grades (if applicable), and homework; the majority of a class grade is generally taken from two to three tests and the final.

In order to graduate, most majors have a senior project requirement. Senior projects give students a chance to demonstrate the knowledge they learned during the prior three years of classes. Many of the projects come from Rose-Hulman’s industry connections giving the students a chance to work with an actual client. Past projects have included a talking walking stick for the blind and a specialized wheelchair.

Hands-on Experiences

Other than gaining practical experience from senior projects (see above), students also have the opportunity to work with hands-on projects at Rose-Hulman Ventures or through clubs and organizations. Rose-Hulman Ventures is an incubator for industry projects and start-up engineering companies. Rose-Hulman students of all grades and majors are involved with real engineering projects contracted by clients. Students work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer. All of the projects are supervised by professional engineers.

Students can also get involved in any number of professional clubs or project-based organizations. Team Rose-Hulman Motorsports works on and modifies race cars. They currently own a dragster and Mustang. REV or Rose-Hulman Efficiency Vehicle group designs lightweight, human-powered vehicles for competitions in the United States and abroad. Design Build Fly is a club that competes in a national competition by building a remotecontrolled airplane that can perform specific tasks. Challenge-X is an opportunity for all majors to be involved in developing a new-concept hybrid vehicle. Alpha Chi Sigma is a professional fraternity for chemistry and chemistry-heavy majors with a Chemistry on Wheels project where members go to local schools to demonstrate chemistry concepts.

My freshman year, I worked on genetic analysis of mutated yeast strains. Some of my other research endeavors included dissecting pig knees to look at mechanical properties of certain ligaments and tissue engineering cartilage cells in a matrix conditioned with mechanical compression.

Students in every major also have the opportunity to do research. With 158 professors, Rose-Hulman’s faculty has a wide range of interests. Since professors are not required to bring in a certain amount of grant or research money as at larger schools, the professors pursue their research out of passion and not necessity. Professors welcome and encourage undergraduate students to get involved, even when they are freshmen. Also, students may choose to do research with a professor outside of their major.

Computer Resources

All Rose-Hulman students are required to purchase a laptop their freshman year. The laptop is preselected and loaded with necessary software. Some lab classes require specific software, which is included in the price of the laptop and accessible through the college’s network. Students use their laptops for doing advanced mathematical calculations, designing circuit boards, examining statistical significance of data, modeling aromatic rings in organic chemistry, charting electrical potentials in frog leg muscles, and modeling fluid flow in pipes. Of course, Rose-Hulman students still utilize their computers for mundane activities such as Facebook, e-mail, and writing papers. In the event that a student’s laptop goes on the fritz, Rose-Hulman has a computer center staffed with professionals available to replace parts or diagnose and fix problems. Residence halls and every floor of each classroom building are equipped with a free printer for students to print assignments, lab reports, or MapQuest directions for the next road trip.

There’s never a reason to feel alone in your studies either, since there are academic support services like Learning Center, Reduced Course Load, Study Skills Assistance, Tutoring and Writing Center. Besides, when any student is looking for some counseling or other types of support, Alcohol/Substance Abuse Counseling, Career Counseling, Employment Service, Financial Aid Counseling, Freshman Orientation Program, Health Services, Personal Counseling and Placement Service can help. For example, the university has a Accelerated Program, Cross-Registration, Double Major, Independent Study, ROTC, Air Force, ROTC, Army and Study Abroad. The university has disability services as well, so be sure to inquire about them if needed. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is unique in its study options.

The following are the types of degrees and majors offered at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Mathematics:
Mathematics – General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences:
Biology
Social Sciences:
Economics
Physical Sciences:
Chemistry, Physics
Popular majors:
seventy-eight percent engineering, ten percent computer and information sciences, five percent mathematics
Computer Science:
Computer Science

Moreover, for international students, the application fee is 40. Are you an international student? The Fall application deadline for international students is the 1st of March. The cost per credit hour (overall) was $768 Cost & Savings Calculator Financial Aid International students eligible for non-need-based aid last fall.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Rose-Hulman is a unique academic environment and the admissions process reflects that. Because all students at Rose-Hulman major in math, science, or engineering, the admissions counselors carefully select students who have shown success in courses relating to those fields. It is no surprise, then, that more than one third of the entering class scored above 700 on the SAT Math section. The median scores in 2007 were: 620 Critical Reading, and 670 Math. In 2008, 2,152 students were admitted to form a class of 474 students. Almost ten percent of the incoming freshmen were first in their class, and eighty-six percent of the freshmen were in the top twenty percent of their high school classes.

While there is not a specific formula for “getting in” to Rose-Hulman, the admissions counselors do look for indicators of success. The admissions counselors at Rose-Hulman pay special attention to the quantity and grades earned in AP or honors classes. Credit from AP courses can be used to “test” out of some classes at Rose-Hulman depending on the score and the class. Admissions counselors also critically evaluate your recommendations and involvement in extracurriculars. It is critical for interested applicants to take calculus, chemistry, and physics in high school as those are the bases for classes taken first year at Rose-Hulman. The college uses a rolling admission process, so it is beneficial to apply early. The fact that there is no essay required for admissions makes it easier than some admissions processes to get the application in early. The application is available online or on paper and must be submitted by March 1. Students are admitted only for the fall.

This school requires an application fee consisting of forty dollars regular application fee, forty dollars out-of-state application fee, Free online application fee and point zero . Transfer student are not ignored. An instance of this, there were ninety-one total number of transfer students who applied and forty-six total number of transfer students who were admitted. Admission policy is currently Percent applicants admitted: 69% and Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%. Remember that this can change at any time.

Financial Aid

At this point, you have a picture of Rose-Hulman: a utopia for engineers-in-training, rigorous academics, friendly professors and staff, awesome classmates, and tons of activities to keep one entertained. All of this awesomeness doesn’t come cheap, though. While well worth every penny, Rose-Hulman’s price tag for tuition in 2008 was $32,286 plus $8,868 for students who lived on campus. The average financial award for the 2007-2008 school year was $22,000. Students are automatically considered for non-need-based scholarships with their application. To be considered for need-based aid, students and their families must fill out the FAFSA. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the financial aid office; the staff is incredibly helpful before you arrive at Rose-Hulman, while you are a student, and after you leave and those loans start to kick in. Despite Rose- Hulman’s price tag, the average debt for a 2007 grad was $32,612. In the end, it seems like a fair price to pay for a top-notch education.

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Students

Residence Halls

Only freshmen are required to live on campus and are guaranteed campus housing, yet over sixty percent of the student body every year lives on campus. There are designated freshman halls, a sophomore hall, and three upperclassman apartment-style halls. A resident assistant lives on every floor of every hall to coordinate floor activities and act as a resource for residents. The sophomore hall also has two upperclassmen tutors per floor in order to provide homework help when it is really needed—at 2 A.M. Freshman halls consist of long hallways with double occupancy rooms on either side of the hallway. The sophomore hall is set up suite-style with two rooms, two students per room, sharing a bathroom. The upperclassman-style apartments are fully furnished two bedroom apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, and living room; four people share each apartment. Students are free to choose their own roommates and submit hall preferences. Each hall and each floor develops distinct personalities from year to year. Students who live together on floors tend to attend school events together, eat dinner together, and hang out.

A big part of the family atmosphere is a result of the residence life staff. Every floor has a junior or senior Resident Assistant (RAs). Every freshman floor has two Sophomore Advisors (SAs) who live on the floor and instigate floor bonding activities. Off-campus activities range from unplanned, 3:00 A.M. Taco Bell Runs (fondly known as “TBRs”) to group tickets to a baseball game in Indianapolis or an ice hockey game in St. Louis. On campus, SAs orchestrate opportunities for fun, such as residence hall capture-the-flag competitions, smoothie nights, movie nights, Rock Band parties, and chip-n-dip fiestas. The job of an RA is to act as a resource by being a confidant and by resolving any conflicts that may arise. But the main goal of an RA is to get to know the students on his/her floor so that no one gets left out of all the fun and opportunities available at Rose-Hulman. An additional perk to the family feeling of the residence halls is that there are housekeepers. Each room has the trash taken out, linens changed, and floor vacuumed every week.

Sophomore Advisers

Sophomore Advisors or “SA”s are sophomores who work in the residence halls in addition to the Resident Assistant, who is a junior or senior. Two fun-loving, greatpersonality sophomores are selected to live on each freshman floor in a big brother/big sister role. SAs wear many hats; they orchestrate…

  • Midnight food runs
  • Cookie baking
  • Grilling out
  • Homework help
  • Rock Band parties
  • Super Bowl parties
  • Inter-hall contests
  • Study breaks
  • Sledding
  • Canoeing

On-Campus Activities

Students at Rose-Hulman learn how to work hard and play hard. Clubs, organizations, and several offices on campus offer various ways for students to unwind and have some fun. Activities are free to students. Student organizations like the Student Activities Board (SAB), Residence Hall Association (RHA), and Student Government Association (SGA) plan dozens of activities so that there is always something to do. In the sports and rec center, SAB hosts a Las Vegas night several times a year where students can try their hand at poker, blackjack, or roulette and then enter the raffle drawing to win prizes such as a TV, Play Station 3, or a giant box of Pixy Sticks. RHA also sponsors many on-campus activities such as Totally 80s Party, Easter egg hunt, and Smores on the beach (Rose-Hulman’s lake has a small beach). SGA sponsors a week-long “Celebrate Engineers” week during the winter doldrums and provides dozens of donuts for breakfast, cheesecake in the cafeteria for lunch, and inflatable Velcro Walls, Moon Bounces, and Laser Tag as after-dinner entertainment. For students who need a relaxing moment of pool, Ping- Pong, or foosball, Chauncey’s—Rose-Hulman’s sports pub—is open to students. While Chauncey’s doesn’t actually serve any food or drinks, it does have a sports pub atmosphere where students can relax while they watch a big sports game or check out a DVD for free.

The university is a Private, College of Engineering, Four-year, Coed, where 69 percent of the applicants were admitted, Regionally accredited and College Board member. Besides, it is part of an Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Residential campus. The school’s size is approximately one thousand, seven hundred and sixty-eight degree-seeking undergrads, four hundred and forty-eight first-time degree-seeking freshmen and one hundred and thirteen graduate enrollment. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Again, the student body consists of forty-two percent in-state students, fifty-eight percent out-of-state students, eighteen percent women, eighty-two percent men, five percent asian per pacific islander, two percent black per non-hispanic, two percent hispanic, eighty-nine percent white per non-hispanic, two percent non-resident alien, sixty-four percent in top 10th of graduating class, ninety-three percent in top quarter of graduating class and one hundred percent in top half of graduating class.

This school features the Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Residential campus. In any event, the school is located 73 miles from Indianapolis.Further, the university has many unique facilites such as advanced learning center, observatory, center for technological research with industry. Students should note the housing policies: First-Year Students Guaranteed On-Campus Housing, ninety-eight percent of first-year students live in college housing, sixty percent of all undergraduates live in college housing, Coed Housing, Men’s Housing, Apartments For Single Students, Fraternity/Sorority Housing, six-JUN deadline for housing deposit, seventy-five dollars amount of housing deposit, point zero , and First-time first-year students allowed to have car.

Clubs and Organizations

Many students also choose to unwind by getting involved in official clubs or organizations. Rose-Hulman has more than one hundred clubs and organizations from Gun Club to Mac Interest Group to Dance Team to the Thorn, the school newspaper. If students want to start a new club, there is funding available. Almost half of the student body chooses to participate in a fraternity or sorority. There are three sororities and eight fraternities. The Greek organizations have a congenial relationship and support one another in each one’s philanthropy projects. The Greeks tend to mobilize en masse to support community service efforts or beautify campus the weekend before homecoming or graduation.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Rose-Hulman offers twenty-two NCAA Division III sports. Students who don’t want to play varsity athletics can still get involved in intramurals. The majority of students play in at least one intramural game before they graduate. On any given football Saturday, a slew of students can be found at the football field hanging out with Rosie the elephant mascot, body painting one another to spell out Rose-Hulman’s name, or catching free T-shirts shot out of the student-built t-shirt cannon. Students also enjoy supporting other sports, and frequently, various student groups will sponsor tailgating activities to support Rose-Hulman students from tailgating at soccer or basketball to tailgating for the spring musical.

The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Cross_country
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Football
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Golf
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Racquetball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer
  • Women’s NCAA Division III, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Track_and_field
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Track_indoor
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Track_outdoor
  • Women’s NCAA Division III, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Wrestling
The Fightin’ Engineers are a member of NCAA.

Alumni

With more than 300 companies recruiting on campus every year, seventy-nine percent of Rose- Hulman grads start at an engineering job right after graduation. Twenty percent enter graduate programs in top graduate schools throughout the country for engineering and science Ph.D.s and master’s degrees as well as top medical and law schools; one percent of students go into nonprofit agencies such as Teach for America, Peace Corps, etc. A fair number of students, after working for a few years, participate in continuing education programs at their jobs and return to school to get their MS or MBA.

Rose-Hulman grads feel strong ties to each other and to the school where they spent, on average, four years becoming engineers and scientists. Hundreds of alumni return for homecoming (complete with bonfire) because they have developed such strong ties with Rose-Hulman and their fellow classmates that they make an effort to travel overseas and from both coasts to return to homecoming. In addition to returning for Homecoming, eight Rose-Hulman grads have returned to Rose-Hulman and are currently there teaching. It is a true testament to the Rose-Hulman community that several alumni were so impressed with their experience as students that they went to grad school intent on returning to teach at their alma mater.

Where do Rose-Hulman Grads get Graduate Degrees?

Not all Rose-Hulman grads choose to get jobs straight out of college. Twenty percent of graduates choose to pursue advanced degrees in engineering, science, medicine, law, and business administration. Below are some schools and programs that recent grads have attended:

  • Harvard Business School
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • University of Virginia Law School
  • Keck Graduate Institute Master’s in Bioscience program
  • Air Force Institute of Technology Masters program
  • Indiana University Law School
  • UCLA Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Arizona State University Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Master’s Program
  • University of Colorado Physics Ph.D. program
  • Notre Dame College Master of Education program
  • Washington University School of Law
  • University of Michigan Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program

Where do Rose-Hulman Grads get jobs?

Rose-Hulman has a ninety-nine percent placement rate of graduates within six months of graduation. The top twenty hiring companies over the past four graduating classes (2004–2007) are listed below:

  1. Rockwell Collins
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Raytheon
  4. Marathon
  5. Microsoft
  6. Archer Daniels Midland
  7. Eli Lilly
  8. SEP
  9. General Electric
  10. Guidant
  11. Cummins
  12. Dow Chemical
  13. Lockheed Martin
  14. Northrop Grumman
  15. Kimley Horn & Associates
  16. Allison Transmission
  17. Epic Systems
  18. Frito Lay
  19. Beckman Coulter
  20. Rolls-Royce

In addition to the major corporations, smaller firms and start—ups hire Rose-Hulman graduates.

Prominent Rose-Hulman Alumi and their contributions…

  • Walter B. Wiley (Chemical Engineering, 1889)— Awarded the first Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in the United States
  • Carl J. Kiefer (Electrical Engineer, 1903)—Invented the “packed column” still which facilitated the production of synthetic rubber, munitions, and medical supplies during World War II
  • Art N. Nehf (Electrical Engineer, 1914)—Professional baseball pitcher in the major leagues for fourteen years for the Boston Braves, New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago Cubs
  • Leroy A. Wilson (Civil Engineer, 1922)—President of A.T. & T
  • Abe Silverstein (Mechanical Engineer, 1929)—NASA administrator known as the “Father of the Apollo Space Program”
  • Fujio Matsuda (Civil Engineer, 1949)—President of the University of Hawaii
  • John Titsworth (Mechanical Engineer, 1949)— Executive Vice President, Xerox, Inc.
  • William Gaither (Electrical Engineer, 1958)— President, Drexel University
  • Dennis Carter (Electrical Engineer, 1973)—Vice President of Marketing, Intel Corp; Was the driving force behind the “Intel Inside” campaign
  • John Hostettler (Mechanical Engineer, 1983)— Served five terms in the United States House of Representatives
  • Gregg Lowe (Electrical Engineer, 1984)—Senior Vice President, Texas Instruments
  • Bob Schukai (Electrical Engineer, 1986)—Vice President Wireless/Broadband Technologies, Turner Broadcasting
  • Timothy Cindric (Mechanical Engineer, 1990)— President, Penske Racing
  • Lans Carstensen (Computer Engineer,1995)— Network Administrator, Dreamworks Animation
  • Nicholee Nietch (Mechanical Engineer, 2001)— Systems Engineer for the onboard operations of the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.35
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 40 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.01
Forcible Rape 17 0.03
Robbery 91 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 934 1.53
Larceny 2,725 4.46
Vehicle theft 283 0.46

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population20,314 (18,233 urban / 2,081 rural)
Households8,325 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,207
Families5,241 (2.88 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of engineering
UndergraduateN/A
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1808

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 128th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $39,462 $39,462 $39,462
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $792 $792 $792
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,152 $1,152 $1,152
FT Graduate Tuition $39,462 $39,462 $39,462
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,152 $1,152 $1,152
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $57,138 $57,138 $57,138
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $57,138 $57,138 $57,138
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $45,654 $45,654 $45,654

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $40,447 $41,478 $40,447 $41,478 $40,447 $41,478
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,455 $10,935
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,455 $10,935
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,046 (3,810 male / 1,236 female)
Admitted 2,837 (2,067 male / 770 female)
Admission rate 56%
First-time Enrollment 559 (435 male / 124 female)
FT Enrollment 559 (435 male / 124 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,302

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

65th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 69%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 33
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 28 / 34
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 32

SAT Test Admission

73rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 67%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 640 / 750
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1180 / 1420

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,284
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$7,041
Board Fee$4,443

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 29 9 8 14 1 368 3 446
Biochemistry 1 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 2 1 35 43
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 6
Chemical Engineering 2 41 44
Chemistry, General 1 1 7 9
Civil Engineering, General 1 33 36
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 2 16 21
Computer Science 5 3 2 24 34
Computer Software Engineering 1 20 22
Economics, General 1 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 2 1 3 42 53
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
Engineering, Other 11 11
Engineering/Industrial Management 8 1 2 11 2 24
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
International/Global Studies
Mathematics, General 8 8
Mechanical Engineering 4 3 4 101 1 116
Molecular Biochemistry
Physics, General 8 9
Systems Engineering 5 2 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 334th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $93,086 ($95,266 male / $81,524 female)
Number of FT Faculty 165 (133 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 183
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $7,367,495

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