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Freshman Admissions
1. When should I apply for admission? You should apply in the fall of your senior year. Domestic freshman applicants have two options: Early Action (EA) or Regular Decision (RD). EA applicants must have a completed application and all required materials to the Rose-Hulman Office of Admissions by November 1. Admission decisions will be mailed on or before December 15. If you apply Early Action and you do not have all application materials in by the deadline, we will automatically roll you to Regular Decision. Regular Decision applicants must have the application complete and all required materials to the Office of Admissions by February 1 with application decisions mailed on or before March 15. International Applicants (non-US citizens) may only apply regular decision.

Early Action is non-binding. Although you receive your application decision earlier, you are not required to make your enrollment deposit until May 1.

2. What are the requirements to be considered for admission? To give you an idea, here is a quick profile of the 2012 freshman class:

  • Median class rank in high school: top 7%
  • Median SAT: 610 critical reading, 690 math
  • Median ACT: 29 English, 32 math

3. How do I apply?   Apply Online. Be sure your application is complete or we won't be able to process it.

4. What happens once I'm admitted? You'll send a nonrefundable $400 enrollment deposit before May 1 of your senior year to reserve your spot in the freshman class. That deposit will be credited to your tuition and fees.

5. May I apply for the spring term? No, freshmen are admitted only for the fall term.


Transfer Admissions
1. Who's eligible to transfer to Rose-Hulman? Students who wish to transfer must have completed some college or university classes. If you have completed fewer than 24 transferable hours at the time of application, we will also need to see your high school transcript.

2. What credits can transfer? As a general rule, a course must be a 100-level course or above and you must have received a C or better. Our faculty make the final decision on transfer credit. Online courses do not transfer.

3. May I apply for financial aid? Yes, transfer students are eligible to be considered for need-based financial aid. Additionally, there are modest scholarship monies available.

4. Are international students able to transfer? Yes, international students who have completed college-level work may apply.

5. How do I apply? Complete the online application.

International Admissions
1. How many international students attend Rose-Hulman? It is not unusual for us to have more than 50 international students at Rose-Hulman at one time.

2. What are the TOEFL scores required to attend Rose-Hulman? A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required:

  • Internet-based - 80
  • Computer-based - 215
  • Paper-based - 550

We also accept an Intensive English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or better. You can attend Interlink (a course in intensive English instruction at nearby Indiana State University) or one of the 50 ELS Language Centers.

3. Am I eligible for scholarships? There is limited scholarship money available for international students, so you must be able to fund the entire cost of a Rose-Hulman education.

4. How do I apply?  You will need a completed online application and the following items submitted by November 1 for Early Action or February 1 for Regular Decision to complete your application:

  • SAT-I or ACT results (if possible)
  • An official copy of your secondary school record
  • An official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS report if English is not your native language OR completion of the intensive English program through Interlink or ELS Language Centers
  • An affidavit of support indicating your ability to fund the cost of attending Rose-Hulman


Academics

1. Do you have the major I'm interested in? Rose-Hulman offers undergraduate degrees in 16 majors: Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics and Software Engineering. Graduate degrees may be earned in eight programs: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Optical Engineering.

2. Will I get practical experience along with classroom work? Yes! Hands-on learning is very important at Rose-Hulman. There are four ways you can get real-world experience while you are a student.

  • Internships - we will connect you with paid summer internships relevant to your major
  • Co-ops - alternate each quarter between employment in a related field and taking classes
  • Senior Projects - intense group projects teach you teamwork and result in something that can be put into use
  • Rose-Hulman Ventures - a program that lets students help technology-driven companies in the development of new products or services

3. What is the academic calendar? Rose-Hulman runs on a quarter system with three terms: Fall, Winter and Spring.

4. Will I take ONLY math and science classes? No! Today's engineers must be well-rounded people who are good communicators. No matter your major, you will be required to earn at least 36 credits (nine courses) in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences so that you can become creative thinkers, active citizens and effective leaders.


Campus Life
1. Do I have to live on campus? Yes, all freshmen who are not from the Terre Haute area live on campus, and you'll be glad. You'll have easy access to the library, dining halls, athletic facilities and classroom buildings. Plus you'll be living with your other classmates, offering lots of opportunities for both group study and social activities.

2. Is there anything to do outside of class? Of course! Almost all Rose-Hulman students participate in intramural sports. Our drama club puts on excellent shows that draw huge crowds from the community. Students find all sorts of ways to impact the world through community service. Our Sports and Recreation Center has a pool, basketball courts, weight rooms and more. Pick out what interests you in more than 90 clubs and student organizations. Yes, you could say there are plenty of student activities at Rose-Hulman.


Visiting Rose-Hulman
1. When's the best time to visit? You'll get the best idea of life at Rose-Hulman if you visit when classes are in session. So we recommend you come Monday through Friday. We also have Campus Day Programs for group tours and information sessions.

2. What will happen during my visit? Your visit will be personalized to your interests.

Early Action
1. What is Early Action?
Early Action is a type of early admission process that requires students to turn in a complete application by November 1. This includes the online application, transcript, senior schedule, test scores, and one letter of recommendation. Because the application is completed early, the students are then able to receive notice regarding their admission decision earlier.

2. Who can apply early action? Only first-time freshmen may apply early action.

3. Is Early Action binding? No, Early Action is non-binding. Every school is different, but Rose-Hulman's Early Action program will not require a commitment from you to attend upon admission to the institution.

4. What are the dates and deadlines for Early Action? If you decide to apply for Early Action, you will need to turn in a complete application by November 1. This includes the online application, transcript, senior schedule, test scores, and one letter of recommendation for domestic first-time freshmen.

You can expect to hear from us regarding your admission decision in mid-December, which is three months earlier than students who apply Regular Decision.

5. When will Early Action applicants receive financial aid information? Early Action applicants will receive financial aid information after all applicant files have been reviewed, including Regular Decision. Financial aid information will be sent mid-March.

6. Is there any advantage to applying Early Action? The advantage to applying Early Action is simply this: you will know whether or not you have been admitted to Rose-Hulman before you are on holiday break in December! This gives you plenty of time to get organized in your college search and to visit our campus before the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline. Early Action does not, however, give you an advantage in the admission-decision making process. The decision-making process will still be based on our admissions criteria. 

7. Will I be penalized in the admissions decision-making process if I don't apply Early Action? Not at all, equal consideration is given to students who apply Regular Decision. If you apply Early Action and you do not have all application materials in by the deadline, we will automatically roll you to Regular Decision.

8. Do I have to indicate Early Action anywhere on the application? Yes, there is a place to select 'Early Action' on the online application. Make sure to mark this; if you do not do so and even if you apply in August, we will still wait to evaluate your application until February as it will be considered Regular Decision.

9. If I do not select Early Action, what are my other options? If you do not select Early Action, you will be considered Regular Decision. The deadline for Regular Decision applications and materials is February 1, with decisions mailed mid-March. Financial aid awards will be mailed mid-March as well.