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First-Year Students, Including Record Number of Women, Move Into Residence Halls

Friday, August 26, 2016
Move In Day

Helping Hands: Residence life staff members assist families with moving new students' belongings into their residence hall rooms on campus.

If the large letters S-T-E-M spread across the front of Taylor Frey's t-shirt didn't proudly proclaim her interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, then the two large wooden lofts she assembled in her residence hall room at Rose-Hulman was a dead give-away of her future career path as an engineer.

Frey isn't alone. She joined 548 freshmen - including a record 167 female students - in arriving on campus August 26 to begin new student orientation activities before starting fall quarter classes on September 1.

Women make up an all-time high 30 percent of the Class of 2020, shattering last year's record by 34 female students.

Rose-Hulman also is setting female first-year enrollment records for computer science majors (34.6%) and physics, engineering physics, and optical engineering majors (30.6%), while enrollments remain consistently strong in biomedical engineering (58%) and chemical engineering (36%).

"I love computers and using my mind to solve problems," says Frey, who intends to major in computer engineering. She completed an internship this summer at Delphi Electronics & Safety.

Just down the hall, Casey Harvey is one more prospective computer engineering major who "loves electrical circuits and solving problems." A high-school teacher recommended that she consider attending Rose-Hulman. "I fell in love with the place from my very first campus visit," she says. "This is the only college that I applied to enroll. I knew it was the right place for me."

Interesting characteristics of Rose-Hulman's Class of 2020 include:

  • One in 10 freshmen had a perfect math score on the SAT or ACT college aptitude tests.
  • Freshmen have arrived from 32 states across America and six countries, including China, India, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.
  • Nearly 50 percent of freshmen participated in community service activities during high school.
  • 158 students played a music instrument; 225 were on a varsity athletic team; and 258 were members of the National Honor Society.

College roommates Katie Fox and Katie Hill are among 104 first-year students who originally came to Rose-Hulman in the summer of 2015 to attend the institute's popular Operation Catapult summer STEM enrichment program.

"I have wanted to attend Rose-Hulman since the seventh grade," says Hill. "Operation Catapult just whet my appetite a little more."

Meanwhile, Fox's father remarks that her daughter "didn't want to come home last summer. It has been a LONG year before moving into college. It's a big step, but she's ready."