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Campus Technology Gets High Marks in National Student Survey

Monday, March 02, 2015
Student observes technology in use.

Technology In Use: Senior mechanical engineering student Samuel Throne uses a large computer-controlled cutting machine on campus to create the foam base for a major part of this year's Formula SAE competition sprint race car. The creation process started with a foam base that was 5 feet long and 21 inches thick. Throne wrote the computer program that set the intricate path for the part being formed. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

It shouldn't be surprising to see Rose-Hulman near the top of a recent ranking of America's colleges offering the best technology. After all, technology is in the institute's name.

Based on 3,000 student surveys, the Niche College Rankings listed Rose-Hulman at No. 16 out of 1,000 U.S. colleges on the basis that "students are high achievers in STEM fields, classrooms and labs are state-of-the-art, and the students report that the administration, facilities, and courses incorporate new technologies effectively."

In 1996, Rose-Hulman became one of the first U.S. colleges to require incoming freshmen to have an institute-provided laptop computer and has remained ahead of the curve.

Rose-Hulman's computer network features more than 7,000 wired Ethernet ports, and technology is part of nearly every classroom and laboratory on campus.

One Rose-Hulman student completing the Niche college survey noted that few computer labs on campus signals that students have no need of them. The student states, "My school is one of the best as far as wireless and printing, but we do not have that many computer labs because each person already has a personal laptop."

Five technology-enhanced classrooms were installed in John T. Myers Hall in 2012, featuring computer-interfaced, high-end multimedia equipment supporting an interactive learning environment.

The expanded laboratory for Micro-Nano Device and Systems (MiNDS), also located in Myers Hall, has state-of-the-art equipment that allows multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and students to complete a variety of micro and nano technology-related projects.

Among the 1,000 colleges reviewed, Rose-Hulman also ranked in Niche's top 100 colleges in the following categories: Best academics, smartest students, best campus, best administration, and best residence halls.

"All the professors truly love what they do, and they are happy to help out when you are struggling," one student commented on the survey. "That being said, just like any top-tier school, nothing here will be spoon-fed, and you still will have to work hard to do well."