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Guest and non-degree students - Mathematics policies and procedures


Rose-Hulman allows academically talented local high school students to attend classes at Rose-Hulman in one of two ways: as a guest student or a non-degree student. A guest student pays no tuition and there is no academic record of the course attendance. A non-degree student pays tuition and Rose-Hulman maintains a permanent academic record. For full details of the general policies and procedures applicable to all departments please see the high school student entry in the Academic Rules and Procedures. The specific procedures followed by the Mathematics Department are as follows.


  1. A personal interview with the Department Head to assess student readiness to take courses and to explain Rose-Hulman policies. If the student contacts the Department Head in advance by phone or email the interview and registration process may be shortened.
  2. Obtain and complete guest/non-degree student form from the registrar's office and obtain all signatures. (parents, high school official, department head and instructor). This should be coordinated with the interview in Step 1.
  3. Meet with the instructor to discuss any special circumstances arising from guest/non-degree student status. This should be done in advance of the course if possible and within the first two days of class in any circumstance.
  4. Obtain computer account information from the helpdesk in the basement in Crapo Hall (877-8989). Complete any additional computer-related requirements such as registering the network card for a laptop computer and obtaining any special software. The helpdesk will usually have this information a couple days in advance of the beginning of the quarter and the student should complete these tasks not later than the first day or so of the course. See the computer-related notes below. When completing this step please call ahead at the phone number above to confirm the information is available and therefore avoid a wasted trip.
  5. For subsequent courses, repeat steps 1, 2, 3 well in advance of the next quarter. The meeting in Step 1. will be quite short. Usually Step 4. does not have to be repeated.


  1. A student may not enroll in a Rose-Hulman course as a guest student if a similar course is available to the student at their high school. This status will be discussed during the initial contact with the Department Head.
  2. The student must meet the same course prerequisites as Rose-Hulman students. This will also be discussed in the interview with the Department Head.
  3. A student must follow all the course requirements and policies, including academic conduct policies. These are determined by the instructor.
  4. If the course requires frequent in-class computer use (most freshman or sophomore math courses do) it is expected that the student will supply their own laptop computer as noted below.
  5. A guest students' enrollment is on a space available basis. Especially in the fall, the availability of space may not be known until a few days before the quarter begins.

Computer policies and network environment

  1. Almost all courses at Rose-Hulman require some sort of computer work. Therefore it is expected that the student will have access to a computer that has common capabilities such as web browser, email client, word processor, and spreadsheet program.
  2. If the course is taught with extensive in-class use of the laptop computer, it is expected that the students will provide their own laptop computer. The laptop must have its suitable speed and memory as well as a networking capability, any recent vintage laptop will generally suffice. Moreover, it is expected that the laptop has virus and firewall protection, otherwise it may not be useable on the Rose-Hulman network
  3. It is assumed that the student will have sufficient basic computer skills to be able to function in the class without extensive 1-1 instruction by the instructor.
  4. If special software is needed and Rose-Hulman is unable to supply the student with a copy of the software, because of licensing restrictions, then the student will have to purchase their own copy of the software. This applies particularly to Maple used in Calculus and Differential Equations.  Maple is most easily obtained from MapleSoft, get the most recent student version. Normally, instruction in the use of the software tools specific to the course will be taught in the course, or perhaps a prerequisite course. The particular course requirements for software should be determined in Step1 in the procedures section.
  5. The student is expected to follow the computer use guidelines required by all students, faculty and staff at Rose-Hulman.
  6. More information on the Rose-Hulman IT environment is available on the EIT website.