Guest & Non-Degree Students: Policies & Procedures

We allow academically talented local high school students to attend classes at Rose-Hulman in one of two ways: as a guest student or a non-degree student. A guest student pays no tuition and there is no academic record of the course attendance. A non-degree student pays tuition and Rose-Hulman maintains a permanent academic record. The specific procedures followed by the Mathematics Department are as follows.

For full details of the general policies and procedures applicable to all departments please see the high school student entry in the Academic Rules and Procedures.


  1. A personal interview with the Department Head will assess your readiness to take courses and bring you up to speed on Rose-Hulman policies. Contacting the Department Head in advance by phone or email can shorten the interview and registration process.
  2. In conjunction with your interview with the Department Head, you should complete all guest/non-degree student forms available in the Registrar’s office. You’ll also need signatures from your parents, an official from your high school, and the Department Head.
  3. You should meet with the class instructor to talk about any special circumstances you are facing as a guest/non-degree student. You should have this talk before class begins or within the first two days of class.
  4. You should obtain computer account information from the helpdesk (812-877-8989) and complete any additional computer-related requirements such as registering the network card for a laptop computer and obtaining any special software. The helpdesk will usually have this information a couple days in advance of the beginning of the quarter and you should complete these tasks no later than the first day or so of the course. See the computer-related notes below. Please call ahead at 812-877-8989 to confirm the information is available.
  5. For subsequent courses, repeat steps 1, 2, 3 well in advance of the next quarter. The meeting in Step 1 will be quite short. Usually Step 4 does not have to be repeated.


  1. A student may not enroll in a Rose-Hulman course as a guest student if a similar course is available to the student at their high school.
  2. The student must meet the same course prerequisites as Rose-Hulman students.
  3. A student must follow all the course requirements and policies, including academic conduct policies. These are determined by the instructor.
  4. If the course requires frequent in-class computer use (most freshman or sophomore math courses do) it is expected that the student will supply their own laptop computer as noted below.
  5. A guest students' enrollment is on a space available basis. Especially in the fall, the availability of space may not be known until a few days before the quarter begins.

Computer policies and network environment

  1. Almost all courses at Rose-Hulman require some sort of computer work. Therefore it is expected that the student will have access to a computer that has common capabilities such as web browser, email client, word processor, and spreadsheet program.
  2. If the course is taught with extensive in-class use of the laptop computer, it is expected that the students will provide their own laptop computer. The laptop must have its suitable speed and memory as well as a networking capability, any recent vintage laptop will generally suffice. Moreover, it is expected that the laptop has virus and firewall protection, otherwise it may not be useable on the Rose-Hulman network
  3. It is assumed that the student will have sufficient basic computer skills to be able to function in the class without extensive 1-1 instruction by the instructor.
  4. If special software is needed and Rose-Hulman is unable to supply the student with a copy of the software, because of licensing restrictions, then the student will have to purchase their own copy of the software. This applies particularly to Maple used in Calculus and Differential Equations.  Maple is most easily obtained from MapleSoft, get the most recent student version. Normally, instruction in the use of the software tools specific to the course will be taught in the course, or perhaps a prerequisite course. The particular course requirements for software should be determined in Step1 in the procedures section.
  5. The student is expected to follow the computer use guidelines required by all students, faculty and staff at Rose-Hulman.
  6. More information on the Rose-Hulman IT environment is available on the EIT website.

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

- Galileo Galilei


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Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty, using mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the probability that an event will occur. They help clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ largely work in the insurance industry. Their median annual wage was $97,070 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Mathematicians conduct research to develop and understand mathematical principles. They also analyze data to help solve real-world problems. Employment for mathematicians is expected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze an increasing volume of electronic data. Their median annual wage was $111,110 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields. About a third of statisticians work for the federal government or for scientific research and development companies. Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel to collect data or to oversee a survey’s design or implementation. The median annual wage for statisticians was $80,110 in 2015. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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David Rader

Dr. Rader joined Rose-Hulman in 1997 and earned the rank of full professor in 2011. He often teaches upper-level courses in probability, statistics, and operations research, and has authored or co-authored several journal articles, conference presentations and the textbook, Deterministic Operations Research: Models and Methods in Linear Optimization (2010). He has also contributed to the success of the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, where he has served as editor and assistant editor.
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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