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Rose-Hulman Featured in Best Colleges Guide, Earns Top Marks for Career Services, and Named to 'Million Dollar Alumni Club'

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rose-Hulman gained national recognition as one of America's "best and most interesting" colleges, was highlighted for giving its students excellent career opportunities, and was featured among private colleges providing at least a million dollar return on investment for its alumni.

'Fiske Guide to Colleges' Once Again Features Rose-Hulman

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Rose-Hulman is once again listed in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," an annual book compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske to give students, parents, and guidance counselors an independent voice on the "best and most interesting" schools.

The 2014 guide includes profiles of 300-plus college and universities based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities.

The guide highlights Rose-Hulman's academic intimacy and technical environment, stating "Rose-Hulman offers the rare combination of technical education and personal attention."

The guide features the Rose-Hulman Ventures program, and specifically identifies Rose-Hulman's commitment to innovation, pointing out that it was the first private college to offer an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and "continues to innovate today."

Fiske started the publication because during his 17 years as an education editor he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices.

Career Services Gets Top Marks in BestColleges.com Survey

Opening Opportunities: The Office of Career Services organizes three career fairs each academic year to provide students with full time, internship, and co-op work experiences with companies from throughout the country-contributing to the proud career placement record.

Rose-Hulman is among the nation's top colleges and universities providing its students with the best career services, according to BestColleges.com's 2013-14 survey.

The institute's Office of Career Services and Employer Relations received top marks for assisting students to gain post-graduate employment, summer internship, and co-op work opportunities. Students are encouraged to begin preparing for their careers within days after beginning their freshman year, and the college hosts three career fairs each year to help students explore career options.

This proactive approach to a four-year career development plan has helped Rose-Hulman have a near 100-percent placement rate after graduation. That rate was 92 percent this year, with an average starting salary of $65,867-a three percent increase over 2012.

"While it is great to see our efforts recognized, our satisfaction comes from helping students realize their career aspirations," says Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations. "We have worked hard to forge relationships with employers seeking students with unique problem-solving skills to help their companies remain competitive in today's high-tech world. We have also developed new initiatives to give our students the best opportunities available."

See BestColleges.com's list at www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-college-career-services.

BestColleges.com points out that career services is even more important today when more than 50 percent of recent college graduates have been unable to find full-time employment in their chosen fields. Career services offices help students with resume preparation, interview practice, and job/internship/co-op search assistance.

In 2012-13, Rose-Hulman's Office of Career Services helped provide 1,807 campus interviews, while 308 companies recruited on campus, 110 companies conducted campus interview, and 660 companies posted job or requested resumes of possible candidates. A total of 377 companies attended campus career fairs.

Rose-Hulman on 'Million Dollar Alumni Club' ROI Ranking

Setting Strong Path: Rose-Hulman provides its alumni with the skills to be successful in a variety of science, engineering, and mathematics career fields throughout the world.

Rose-Hulman is among America's private colleges providing at least a million dollar return on investment for its alumni, according to the latest ratings by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO). The institute was ranked seventh nationally and first among Midwest colleges.

ACO evaluated the tuition, fees, and alumni salaries of more than 7,000 private colleges and universities, and came up with the top 1 percent of U.S. colleges and university whose graduates out-earn non-degree holders by at least $1 million during their careers.

The "Million Dollar Alumni Club" rankings of private universities featured:

  1. Harvey Mudd College
  2. California Institute of Technology
  3. Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Stevens Institute of Technology
  6. Stanford University
  8. Claremont McKenna College
  9. Harvard University
  10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  11. Santa Clara University
  12. Dartmouth College
  13. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  14. Williams College
  15. University of Notre Dame
  16. Princeton University
  17. Babson College
  18. Carnegie Mellon University
  19. Haverford College
  20. University of Pennsylvania

ACO derived each school's return on investment figure from a three-tiered calculation: the estimated 30-year earnings of graduates minus both projected earnings without a degree and four years of tuition and fees.