Rose-Hulman Ranked Nation's Top Undergraduate Engineering College for 17th Straight Year in U.S. News and World Report's Annual College Guide

Wednesday, September 09, 2015
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Six Academic Programs Ranked No. 1 in National Survey of Engineering Deans.

For the 17th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman has earned distinction as America's No. 1-ranked undergraduate engineering college, based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its 2016 college guidebook.

In addition, Rose-Hulman was ranked No. 1 in six academic programs: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Biomedical engineering was recognized for the first time this year.

Rose-Hulman's ranking is among colleges that offer the bachelor's or master's as its top degree in engineering. The list includes elite institutions in California, Massachusetts, and the nation's military academies.

"We continue to be proud of this 'Best In Class' recognition among our higher education peers," says President Jim Conwell. "This achievement takes a commitment from our board of trustees, administration, faculty members, and professional staff to remain at the forefront of undergraduate engineering education. I'm especially proud of the reputation our academic departments have built that keeps us No. 1 in our classification."

Conwell pointed out that the U.S. News & World Report college guide ranking is just one of several publications and organizations that continue to identify Rose-Hulman as a national leader in higher education. Among them:

  • The Brookings Institution ranked Rose-Hulman fourth in the nation for value-added higher education. The "Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four-Year Schools" report considered such items as graduation and retention rates, teaching quality, career placement, student ambition, and financial aid.
  • The Princeton Review included Rose-Hulman with a profile in the 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges guidebook. The institute was cited as a "College that Pays You Back" - ranking No. 8 - and highlighted for Best Career Placement - No. 5 ranking. The profile, based on student survey responses, praises Rose-Hulman for its personal attention, small class sizes, and having a "family atmosphere."
  • The 2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges, edited by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, named Rose-Hulman one of America's top technical institutes, offering "a rare combination of technical education and personal attention." The institute was on a list that included Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

This one-minute video celebrates many of these distinctions.

On campus, Rose-Hulman has just welcomed a freshman class with the largest population of female students this fall. More than 250 companies are planning to recruit students at the Fall Career Fair on
Sept. 16, while student interns and professional project managers are helping Rose-Hulman Ventures create life-saving medical devices and innovative products for corporate clients. Also, faculty members are participating in a national higher education consortium that is developing and promoting teaching practices to help engineering students reflect on their experiences; organizing workshops for higher-education leaders wishing to make academic change happen on their campuses; and incorporating entrepreneurial principles of creativity, curiosity, and creating value into classes and programs.