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Rose-Hulman Student Profile Becoming More Global and Diverse; College Becomes More Selective in Admissions

August 25, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continues to reap benefits from its growing national and international reputations with the most geographically diverse freshman and transfer class that arrived on campus this weekend to begin new student orientation for the 2011-12 academic year.

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Moving Into New Campus Home: Yuchan "Mia" Zhao (left) of Coral Gables, Fla., and Angelica Cox of Indianapolis, Ind., decide where to place their belongings into a residence hall room in Baur-Sames-Bogart Hall during Move In Day for the 2011-12 incoming class.  President Matt Branam will welcome students and parents on Saturday to start orientation activities.

Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam welcomed students and their parents on Saturday, August 27 before the incoming class was introduced to the college and its traditions. Students then participated in an interactive "Survival of the Engineer" game show, learned about the ethical and social expectations of college, and registered for fall quarter classes.  The fall term begins on Thursday, September 1.

Overall, the 538 new students expected are the second largest in Rose-Hulman history, second only to last year's total of 563.  And, several others wanted to join the group but were placed on an admission waiting list for the first time, according to Jim Goecker, vice president of enrollment management.

 "We are becoming a more selective institution with this year's admission rate the lowest in school history," said Goecker.  "Interest in attending Rose-Hulman continues to grow as we received record applications from every state and 44 countries . . . The 2011 freshman class is filled with dynamic students that are ready to make a difference during their Rose-Hulman careers."

Goecker noted that Rose-Hulman set records for total applications (4,298) and applications from females (1,048), international students (329) and Latino/Hispanic students (220).  From that group, record numbers of women, international students and Latino/Hispanic students are featured in the 2011-12 freshman class.

"We are especially pleased to have a record number of women in this year's new student totals," said Goecker. "Engineering has been seen as a male profession for too long and having back-to-back record years in female enrollment indicates Rose-Hulman's commitment to diversifying the engineering profession."

A large percentage of the international freshman student group is coming from China (27 students).  Other countries on the list are India, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkey.

Academically, 36 members of the freshmen class earned perfect math scores on the SAT or ACT scholastic assessment tests.  The students had a median 680 SAT math scores and 610 SAT critical reading scores, or median 32 ACT math scores and 30 ACT English scores.  The median student ranked in the top six percent of their high school graduating classes.

Thirty-four members of the incoming class will participate in a unique first year living-learning community focused on sustainability.  The Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) members will live with in the same residence hall, learn about sustainability and sustainable engineering in a shared curriculum, develop a professional identity and skills for a changing world, and prepare for advanced sustainable engineering coursework and projects.  HERE members will help shape the future, according to program director Patsy Brackin, professor of mechanical engineering.




  • 2-6 p.m. -- New students move into freshman residence halls throughout campus 


  • 1-2 p.m. -- President Matt Branam welcomes new students and parents in an address conducted in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center
  • 2-3:15 p.m. - New Student Information Session in the Hatfield Hall Theater
  • 6-7:30 p.m. - Robotics and Computing Information Session in Room E-104 of Moench Hall


  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- New students will learn about themselves and their fellow classmates in a series of outdoor adventures.  Events include the Trust Fall, Spider Web Wall and Artesian Blocks. 
  • 7:30-9 p.m. -- Students will participate in the interactive "Survival of the Engineer" game show, being conducted in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center
  • 10:30 p.m. - Outdoor Movie, "X-Men: First Class," is being shown near Speed residence hall


  • 8-11:30 a.m. - Laptop computer distribution and orientation
  • 2-3:30 p.m. - Class registration for fall quarter
  • 7:30 p.m. - Rose-Hulman history and traditions information session will be conducted in the Hatfield Hall Theater


  • 12:45 p.m. - Professional, ethical and social expectations information session in the Hulbert Arena
  • 1:30 p.m. - Small group discussions, throughout campus
  • 3:15 p.m. -- College Work-Study information session and job placement in the Hatfield Hall Theater
  • 3:15 p.m. -- International student meeting in the Hulman Union
  • 5 p.m. - New student cookout on patio area of Hulman Union
  • 5:30 p.m. - Lawn carnival on the lawn near Speed residence hall


  • 10 a.m. -- New students will "come on down" and participate in "Price is Rite," a version of the popular television show.  The event is organized by the Student Activities Board.  It will be conducted in the Hatfield Hall Theater
  • 6:15 p.m. -- New and returning students will join faculty and staff members in celebrating the start of the 2011-12 school year during an ice cream social in the patio area of Cook Stadium
  • 7 p.m. - Student Organization Fair in the Sports and Recreation Center
  • 8:30 p.m. - Project teams exhibition and cookout


  • 8 a.m. -- Start of the 2011-12 school year


  • 8 p.m. - Comedy mentalist Sean Bott is performing in the Hatfield Hall Theater


  • Noon - Women's soccer match against Albion College at Jim Rendel Field
  • 2 p.m. - Men's soccer match against Albion College at Jim Rendel Field
  • 6 p.m. - Season-opening football game against DePauw University at Cook Stadium