The fundamental purpose of the Institute is to educate students for careers in engineering, science and mathematics. The various curricula also provide a broad and valuable analytical background for graduates who choose to pursue careers in fields such as business, the social sciences, medicine, and law, or who wish to continue their education in graduate studies. The Institute strives to graduate scientists and engineers who are technically competent and creative, and who are aware of the roles of engineering and science in solving social problems.
To achieve these goals, Rose-Hulman provides students the basic knowledge and fundamental principles on which science and engineering are based. Students are encouraged to be critical thinkers who are innovative in their approaches to problem solving. In addition, they are introduced to social and philosophical issues with which they must be concerned, both personally and professionally.
Of the many qualities which distinguish Rose-Hulman and make fulfillment of its educational purposes possible, three seem most important. First, Rose-Hulman maintains high admissions standards so that every student who is admitted should be able to complete the baccalaureate program. A second, closely related, quality is that Rose-Hulman has remained a small, primarily undergraduate, institution by choice. Finally, Rose-Hulman emphasizes excellent teaching and recruits professors who have a passion for it. Classroom instruction is understood to be the primary responsibility of every faculty member. Although Rose-Hulman professors maintain their professional competence through such activities as continuing education, consulting, research, and writing, a "publish or perish" atmosphere is out of place on the Rose-Hulman campus. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is concerned with the student as an individual and is dedicated to excellence in the character and performance of student and teacher alike.
It is the policy of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to admit students on the basis of their academic ability. Rose-Hulman does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or employment in its programs and activities.
The Institute reserves the right to change the policies, programs, curriculum, and schedules contained in this catalog at its sole discretion at any time without further notice. The contents of this catalog do not constitute a contract between students or prospective students and the Institute.