Rose-Hulman Tops Wall Street Journal’s Ranking of Best Hidden Gems in Higher Ed

Friday, January 26, 2024
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The Wall Street Journal’s Best Colleges in America guide has highlighted Rose-Hulman for improving the trajectory of its students’ careers (No. 1 in the Best 10 Colleges That Aren’t the Usual Suspects) as well as being No. 17 overall.

Utilizing a benchmark that demonstrates how well colleges improve the trajectories of their students’ careers, the Wall Street Journal has again recognized Rose-Hulman with another No. 1 ranking, this one for its list of The Best 10 Colleges That Aren’t the Usual Suspects.

Following Rose-Hulman on the list’s top 10 institutions that students should seriously consider were the University of Illinois, Brigham Young University (Utah), Florida International University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York), New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of La Verne (California), and Stevens Institute of Technology. 

“This latest ranking is a testament to Rose-Hulman’s ability to attract high-achieving students from throughout the world who are passionate about STEM and go on to apply their creative and analytical skills in careers that have a meaningful impact on society,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons.

Overall, Rose-Hulman ranked No. 17 in the nation in the Best Colleges in America guide alongside Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and Harvard. In the Wall Street Journal 2024 Best Colleges subcategories, Rose-Hulman also earned No. 1 rankings in both learning opportunities and learning facilities, with students specifically citing interactions with faculty, collaboration with other students, available campus workspaces, and satisfaction with physical classroom/teaching spaces. Rose-Hulman ranked second in the nation in the likelihood of students recommending the college to others, and fourth in career preparation. 

Career pathways created by Rose-Hulman’s educational environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individual attention are some of the reasons cited by students in Wall Street Journal’s survey, one of the largest ever independent reviews of college students in the U.S., featuring feedback from more than 60,000 undergraduates and recent undergraduate alumni.

Rose-Hulman’s Class of 2023 had a 99% placement rate within six months of graduation, with an average starting salary of $79,126 and a $144,000 high accepted salary – showcasing the college’s strong value, return on investment, and career opportunities.

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