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Faculty & Residence Life Get High Marks in Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges' Guide

Faculty & Residence Life Get High Marks in Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges' Guide

The quality of classroom instruction and residence life makes Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stand out among its peers. Those are just two of the reasons why the college is listed in The Princeton Review's 2012 guide of America's best institutions for undergraduate education.

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Rose-Hulman is profiled in "The Best 376 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) and recommended as a "great" college for students considering careers in engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science/computer engineering.

Based on student surveys, The Princeton Review listed Rose-Hulman among the top 20 schools in the following specialized categories:

  • Professors Get High Marks: Ranked No. 9 for faculty members being valued as good teachers.
  • Residence Halls Like Palaces: Ranked No. 9 for student comfort living in residence halls.

"We commend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for its outstanding academics, which are the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," stated Princeton Review Senior Vice President/Publisher Robert Franek, who pointed out only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled. "Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

Faculty Feedback: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology faculty, like applied biology and biomedical engineering professor Kay C Dee, are known for getting to know their students away from the classroom.

In the Rose-Hulman profile, The Princeton Review praises the school for its "reputation as an excellent undergraduate engineering school with a combination of strong academics and personal attention, small class sizes and a family atmosphere."

Regarding the quality of Rose-Hulman professors, one student stated "professors are always available outside of class." Another student elaborated "our professors are personal and focus on undergraduate education. They will know your name, ask if you are okay if you miss a class or two, and even pull up a chair next to your table at the bar."

About the makeup of Rose-Hulman's student body, a student stated "the kids who attend Rose-Hulman are smart, dedicated and consequently nerds," but "this is not a negative thing. Within the students here, there are no outcasts, and even our athletes are most likely also math-letes."

The Princeton Review's survey covered 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences.