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Class of 2013 Has 80 Percent Job Placement Four Weeks before Commencement

April 25, 2013

These are good times to be graduating college with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as companies need innovative problem-solvers to develop products and improve production systems to remain competitive in today’s fast-paced, high-tech economy.

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  Innovative Opportunities: Rose-Hulman students are in high demand for full-time, internship, and co-op positions with nearly 400 companies attending campus career fairs this academic year. (Photo by Dale Long)

That’s why 80 percent of Rose-Hulman’s seniors have accepted jobs, been accepted to the graduate school of their choice, or will be commissioned officers following completing Army and Air Force ROTC training.

And, that percentage is growing every day—four weeks before the Class of 2013 receives its diplomas on May 25.

Some majors, like computer science and software engineering, have been at nearly 100 percent placement for some time—accepting offers with six-figure starting salaries, as well as signing bonuses and stock options.

"Our computer science majors last year had upwards of eight to 10 offers, and they could have had more if they would have pursued them," says Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations. "This year, 90 percent of our seniors in those majors have multiple job offers already. They're being hired by Microsoft, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, Amazon, Google, and defense contractors.

“There is more demand and salaries are higher for computer science and software engineering than any other major," Hewerdine says.

Featured numbers associated with this year's job placement include:

  • Nearly 400 companies have attended three career fairs organized by the Office of Career Services during the 2012-13 academic year, and more than 150 other companies have conducted campus interviews.
  • More than 50 companies attending the 2012-13 career fairs were recruiting on campus for the first time.
  • 93 percent of Rose-Hulman’s 2012 graduates were placed before commencement, and 98 percent were placed by November 1, 2012.
  • $62,300 was the average starting salary for Rose-Hulman's 2012 graduates. (The average starting salary for computer science graduates was $76,368 and software engineering grads got an average of $71,930.)

Opportunities abound for underclass students, as well. Junior mechanical engineering major Dylan Lambert will spend this summer as an intern at National Instruments in Texas, while freshman mechanical engineering student Taylor Lockhart will intern at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis.

“Rose-Hulman does so much to start its students on the career path of their choice, with the three career fairs each year,” says Lambert. “It’s like being a kid in a candy shop. The opportunities are endless. Having an internship and experience puts you a step ahead in your job search as a senior.”

Lockhart adds, “Even as a freshman, I was determined to do something this summer—with a large or small company. Getting an internship at Rolls Royce just completes a fantastic freshman year.”