Opportunities for women
It's a fact: engineering is a male-dominated field. At last count, less than 15% of America's engineers were women. At Rose-Hulman, we believe an engineer can make a difference in people's lives - regardless of gender. As a female student what can you expect at Rose-Hulman?
1. What percent of the student body is female? Nearly 20%, which is comparable to other engineering, mathematics and science programs.
2. How many women are on faculty at Rose-Hulman? Currently there are 39 women on the faculty. In addition, there are several women in key administrative positions in the learning center, career services, admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and alumni affairs.
3. Is Rose-Hulman a safe campus? We have a very safe campus. Our published crime statistics confirm this. Of course, we want our students to use common sense, and we have taken preventative measures to ensure student safety such as lighting walkways, having security patrol campus, and installing video cameras in several areas of campus. Also, we are located just outside the city, in a somewhat rural setting.
4. What is SWE? SWE (Society of Women Engineers) is a national organization founded in 1950 to help women engineers network and discuss issues related to women in engineering. The Rose-Hulman SWE chapter started in 1996.
5. Is this a good time for women to pursue a degree in math, science or engineering? Absolutely! Placement for all of our students is nearly 100% every year. We have employers recruiting our students from over 550 companies for co-ops, internships, and jobs after graduation. More and more women serve as "corporate recruiters" for companies hiring graduating engineers and scientists.
6. What are some of the things I might do with an engineering degree, that's not engineering? A problem-solving education will prepare you for several different fields. Our graduates have opportunities in medicine, law, consulting, education, and management.
7. What is the retention rate for female students at Rose-Hulman? For all of our students the retention rate is around 80%, compared to about 42% for engineering students nationwide. At Rose-Hulman, the retention rate for females is even higher than that of males. Our 80+% retention is incredible!
8. What kind of support is available to students? Rose-Hulman has a very caring, sharing, personal environment. Academic support comes from our faculty members, who have regular office hours and are very accessible. We also have a Learning Center with free tutoring. In addition, personal counseling and medical services are available on campus.
9. Are there sororities at Rose-Hulman? Yes. We have three national women's sororities - Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, and Delta Delta Delta.
10. Does Rose-Hulman offer women's athletics? We have 9 varsity sports and a number of intramural sports. Varsity athletes compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. More information on Athletics.
11. Are leadership opportunities available? Students can receive leadership experience by being involved in student government, sororities, athletics, being a club officer, and through various other opportunities available on campus and in the community.
12. What are some of the student activities on campus? We have many clubs and organizations in which students may become involved. They may be academic, social, religious, or service clubs.
13. Are the residence halls coed? Yes. The freshman halls are coed by floor, with women living on the top floors.
14. What is there to do in Terre Haute? In addition to all of the activities on campus, there are plenty of things to do in Terre Haute. We have all kinds of restaurants, movie theaters, and places to shop (yes, we have a mall!). Museums, plays, and other cultural opportunities are also available.
Clubs and organizations
Band, bowling and broadcasting. There are more than 90 clubs and activities at Rose-Hulman. Dance team, debate club and drama. Yes, most of them are open to both genders but our point is that you'll find plenty to interest you outside of the classroom. Engineers Without Borders or Habitat for Humanity. We know you're more than a student - you're a well-rounded individual who makes an impact on society.
Spotlight on women: Society for Women Engineers
Since 1996, Rose-Hulman has had a very active chapter of this special organization. The SWE mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
Rose-Hulman's female student athletes take the field (or pool, or court) in nine varsity sports:
Rose-Hulman is a great school for women interested in careers in math and science. But you don't have to take our word for it. Check out these female students' experiences and learn more about how you'll fit in here.