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Requirements for freshman applicants

You are invited to submit your application for admission to Rose-Hulman in the fall prior to the year you wish to be admitted - for incoming freshmen, that's the fall of your senior year. Rose-Hulman does not accept the Common Application.

Prospective freshman applicants can choose to apply Early Action (EA) or Regular Decision (RD). The EA deadline to complete the application and submit all required application materials is November 1, with notification on or before December 15. Early Action is non-binding. You do not have to make your enrollment deposit until May 1, but you are notified of your application decision earlier in the process. 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 submit the application and all materials by February 1. Decisions will be mailed on or before March 15.

If accepted you'll be asked to send a nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1. It saves your spot in the freshman class and is credited towards your tuition and fees. The housing application will be sent to you after the May 1 deadline.

A completed application for admission should include:

  • A completed freshman application form (see below)
  • A transcript with the following course preparation: 4 years English, 4 years Mathematics, 2 years Social Sciences, 1 year Chemistry, 1 year Physics
  • Minimum test scores from either the SAT of 500 Critical Reading & 550 Math or ACT 21 English & 24 Math
  • A copy of your senior schedule
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal
  • International students must also supply an affidavit of financial support and an official copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • While an essay is not required, you are invited to furnish additional information you believe to be supportive of your application. This might include an autobiographical sketch; SAT-II results; your reasons for studying engineering, science or mathematics; a description of a unique experience; or an essay about a favorite activity.
  • Consideration is also given to class rank, grades, strength of curriculum and involvement in student activities.

Once admitted and prior to registration, an official copy of your high school transcript with graduation date must be received by the Office of Admissions.

Online Freshman Application Form

Information on credit for AP, IB or College Coursework.

Important Dates

August 1 - February 1 Applications accepted
November 1 Early Action deadline
December 15 (EA), March 15 (RD) Admission decisions
March 1 FAFSA due
May 1 Enrollment deposit due