Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a typical Operation Catapult day?

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A. The Catapult schedule varies from day to day and most definitely from week to week.  Each morning you will assemble in Moench Hall for announcements and information that will assist you throughout the day's activities. Typically, you will be involved in the lab with your project group during the morning and afternoon sessions.  Time spent in the labs interacting with faculty on your project is the main focus of Catapult. Intramurals, guest lectures, trips to major corporations, and fun activities are all part of the Catapult experience.

Q.  Who teaches in the program?

A.  Members of Rose-Hulman's full-time faculty who combine professional expertise and personal attention to form an atmosphere in which our students thrive.

Q.  Are there facilities for recreation and leisure on campus?

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A.  Yes, our Student Recreation Center (SRC) is available for your use during Operation Catapult.  It includes an Olympic size swimming pool, basketball courts, racquetball, indoor track, weight room, and cardiovascular equipment.  You can also enjoy hiking, the campus lakes, and the game room.

Q.  Where is Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology?

A. Rose-Hulman is located in Terre Haute, Indiana.  The city is approximately one hour from Indianapolis, three and a half hours from Chicago and three hours from St. Louis, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

Q. Where will I stay?  Are the rooms air-conditioned?

A. During your stay at Rose-Hulman you will live in one of our residence halls.  You will have a roommate in our very comfortable rooms.  The two to four person rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with beds, desks, study lamps, bookcase and combination closet/drawer space.

Q. Where will I have meals? What if I have special dietary needs?

A. Most meals will be served in our Main Dining Room in the Hulman Union. Pizza parties and picnics will be planned for meals not served in the dining hall. For special diets or religious observations, contact Ryan Rogers, Dining Services

Q. Is financial aid available for Catapult?

A. Students are often successful at finding scholarships and aid from their hometown companies, Kiwanis clubs and other organizations. We encourage you to explore these options. If these companies or organizations have questions about Catapult please direct them to the admissions office.

Q. What will I need to bring in the way of clothing and personal items?

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A. Casual Clothes: shorts, tee shirts, jeans, athletic shoes (all acceptable in and out of the classroom).  Dress Clothes: Semi-formal attire (closing banquet).  Athletic Equipment:  Tennis Racquet, Softball Glove, Swimsuit.  Linens: Towels & Washcloths, Blanket.  NOTE: All bed linens will be provided by Rose-Hulman.  Miscellaneous: Toiletries (soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.), Alarm Clock, Small Radio, Camera.  Long pants and close-toed shoes are required for labs and field trips.

Q. Do I need to bring my computer?

A. We recommend bringing your laptop with you to Catapult. If you do not have one, a computer lab will be available to Catapult students during regular staffed hours.

Q. What types of medical and health services are available?

A. The Health Office, located in the Hulman Union, is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. -  noon. The campus nurse is available for special regular medical needs such as administering allergy shots.  The campus doctor will be in Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There are two major hospitals within a 15-minute drive of campus in Terre Haute in addition to our campus services. Catapult staff are trained to handle emergency situations if they were to arise.

Q. How do I receive mail during my Catapult stay?

A. Mail and packages can be sent to:               

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Q. How much does it cost to attend Operation Catapult?

A. The 2017 cost for Operation Catapult is $2,750. A $100.00 deposit is required to reserve your spot in the program once your application has been approved. You will receive an invoice for the remainder of your tuition. You can make payments online once admitted to the program.

Q. What is the application deadline?

A. The application deadline is May 15, 2017 for both sessions.

Q. How much extra spending money should I bring to Operation Catapult?

A. We suggest between $100 - $150. Students will have the opportunity to go to movies, buy souveniers and snacks, and go on other trips, however this is all optional.

Q. What are arrival and departure times?

A. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received application approval from the Office of Admissions. But once you have received the approval, you may schedule to arrive on the Rose-Hulman campus the day before the program begins. If you are flying, we recommend that you depart the day after the closing banquet.  The banquet begins at 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the program and usually concludes by 7:00 p.m.  All times are Eastern Daylight Savings. We do provide shuttles to and from the Indianapolis International Airport, which is about 60 minutes east of Rose-Hulman. If you have any questions about arrival or departure times, please call the Office of Admissions at 812-877-8213 for assistance.