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Largest Freshman Class Moves onto Campus, With Records for International and Women Students

August 24, 2012

             Sotak Move In
  Realizing A Dream: Jessica Sotak, an applied biology major, helps her parents construct a loft in her room on campus. She is among a record 123 women in this year's freshman class.

By Dale Long, Director of News Services

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is welcoming its largest freshman class this weekend, with 619 students including record numbers for international and women students.

Incoming students moved into campus residence halls on Friday, August 24. New student orientation begins on Saturday, August 25, with President Robert A. Coons addressing students and parents at 1:15 p.m. in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. Classes begin for the fall quarter on Thursday, August 30.

Features of this year's freshman class include:

  • A record number of international students (53) are coming from China (39), South Korea (6), India (3), Australia (1), Hong Kong (1), Nigeria (1), Panama (1) and Singapore (1);
     
  • There are 123 women;
     
  • The median SAT score is 690 in math/610 in critical reading; median ACT is 32 in math/29 in English;
     
  • 64 students were ranked in the top three of their high school graduating classes;

The recruitment for the incoming class was historic, with all-time highs in freshman applications (4,469), women applications (1,063), international applications (356), Latino/Hispanic applications (245,) and transfer applications (259).

Rose-Hulman's graduate school is also experiencing a record 42 new students for the 2012-13 school year.