Why Choose Rose-Hulman?
If you've spent enough time on this website you've read all sorts of reasons why we think Rose-Hulman is a great school. Small, personalized classes - taught by professors even! Beautiful campus environment. And employers love to hire Rose-Hulman graduates. But why take our word for it when you can read the students' own words?
Keri Li, Mechanical Engineer, Senior
Ruoyun “Keri” Li left home across the world to attend Rose-Hulman. While attending prep school in Nanjing, China, Li, whose parents are engineers, also developed an interest in engineering. She began her quest for an engineering school in the United States and discovered Rose-Hulman because of the institute’s top ranking for undergraduate engineering in U.S. News & World Report.
After learning more about Rose-Hulman, Li was sure this would be the place for her. With a couple of years of study behind her, she believes she has made the right decision.
“Being an engineer has always been my dream, and I made the right choice coming to Rose-Hulman,” she says. “I appreciate the opportunities that the college has afforded me. It has stimulated my fullest potential as a college student.”
The family atmosphere on campus helped her adjustment to a new school, new town and new country. It also gave her the attention that she says helped her succeed working in a second language.
“Rose-Hulman exceeded my expectations. The faculty here are very approachable, students are friendly, and most importantly, the classes are really interesting and useful,” Li says. “I feel truly fortunate to have all the great Rose-Hulman professors. They are the key factor to the high quality education.”
Li says she wouldn’t change anything about Rose-Hulman, and loves that she feels like a part of the community. This has helped her to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. She was part of a winning team in a freshman year Lego-based robotics competition, has become a leader in the campus’ Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers chapter and other student organizations, and is on the varsity rifle team.
Angelica Cox, Mathematics, Junior
Angelica Cox researched colleges and applied to schools during her junior and senior year of high school. But her connection with Rose-Hulman happened through the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis. A tour of the campus and participation in the institute’s Operation Catapult summer STEM program sealed the deal.
Once a student on campus, Cox knew the real work would begin. What she didn’t know is that she would get more than she bargained for—attention and help from around campus. “It has been extremely tough (attending Rose-Hulman), and I expected that. However, all the teachers, tutors, teammates ,and fellow classmates were there to help me along the way. I was not expecting so much support,” Cox says. “I could not have succeeded without all the help and patience.”
The assistance wasn’t just for a freshman, but continued as she moved along in her studies, and in search for internships. This summer, Cox has an internship serving as a mentor for Summer Engineering Experience for Kids in Jackson, Mississippi. She is teaching general math, engineering, and science concepts, and helps teach the students how to present projects, as well as assisted with a variety of hands-on engineering toys using a provided curriculum from the Society of Automotive Engineers. She plans to return to work in the program.
The summer before, Cox participated in study abroad program in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. “If felt amazing to emerge myself in a different culture and use my Spanish skills outside of the classroom,” says Cox, who is studying for a Spanish minor. “Through these experiences, I have grown tremendously as a person because I have worked with so many different people, adapted to various environments, and worked through many conflicts.”
Cox’s experience at Rose-Hulman has allowed her to try many different things. She has been a manager for the women’s basketball team; a member and programs chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers; a member of the swing dance club, a yoga club, Unity and Actuarial; plays on the Lacrosse Club; and volunteers for several campus activities.
“The best thing about Rose-Hulman is the close community it creates,” she says.
Her advice to others: “Make the best of your time.”
Marcel Snijder van Wissenkerke, Mechanical Engineer, Senior
Marcel Snijder van Wissenkerke could be called social, or at the very least, very busy, when you look at his schedule and extra-curricular activities at Rose-Hulman. One thing is evident—he’s taking advantage of every opportunity made available to him.
Snijder van Wissenkerke has managed Engineers Without Borders’ that has brought a medical clinic to the Dominican Republic. His involvement with Engineers Without Borders has been a focal point. The campus organization focuses on community-driven development programs and works to design and implement sustainable engineering projects in developing countries.
“Engineers Without Borders has been one of my most defining experiences at Rose-Hulman,” Snijder van Wissenkerke says. “It’s also my biggest selling point with employers. My hands-on experience working on design through construction phases of infrastructure projects that impacted hundreds to thousands of people has led to some great talking points during interviews.”
He also is a member of the conference championship track and field team, serves as a DJ on the college’s radio station, is a member of numerous clubs, and is helping with this fall’s student TEDx Rose-Hulman event.
Rose-Hulman was more than just the right choice for Snijder van Wissenkerke, to become an engineer; it’ has been a place for him to grow as a person.
“There isn’t an environment like Rose-Hulman anywhere else,” he says.
Katherine Moravec, Chemical Engineering, Senior
Katherine Moravec’ has a Rose-Hulman family connection, following her brother’s footsteps. But since her arrival, she has found her own place on campus, and has flourished.
For two years, Moravec worked alongside Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Ross Weatherman, PhD, on a National Institutes of Health-funded project examining new compounds to treat tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer. She has synthesized tamoxifen analogs, learned the basics of chemical synthesis, and developed a protein expression system for estrogen receptor in bacteria. This research, and a 3.98 grade point average, helped her become a Goldwater Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors for undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics students.
She also was chosen to participate in an internship this summer at the Harvard Medical School’s Stem Cell Institute.
It’s not just work with Moravec, though. She is president of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, vice president of administration for the Delta Delta Delta female fraternity, and a member of the varsity track and cross-country teams. She also performed in the Drama Club’s production of The Phantom of the Opera–something she had never done before.
“There’s an opportunity to get involved here, in anything,” she says. “I would not have had these opportunities if I wasn’t at Rose-Hulman.”