New Students: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When may I move into my residence hall?
  2. When do I receive my room assignment?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living on-campus?
  4. What about Food Service?
  5. When does my meal plan go into effect?
  6. What type of supervision is provided in the Residence Halls?
  7. What are the rules like in the residence halls?
  8. What is provided in each residence hall room?
  9. Can I build a loft?
  10. What items can I bring to campus?
  11. Are the rooms cleaned regularly?
  12. Are telephones and/or cable tv provided in the student rooms?
  13. Should I purchase renter's insurance?
  14. Is housing available during periods when school is not in session?
  15. What type of health services are available on the campus?
  16. Do you require a physical exam before I begin classes?
  17. Is health insurance available?
  18. Are cars permitted on campus?
  19. Is transportation available from Rose-Hulman to Terre Haute?
  20. What type of airline or bus service can we use to get to Terre Haute?
  21. Can I send luggage in advance?
  22. How will I receive mail?
  23. When do Fall Quarter classes begin?
  24. How do I know who my academic advisor is?
  25. How and when do I register for classes?
  26. When do I get my ID card?
  27. What do I do if I lose my ID card?
  28. When do I get my laptop?
  29. Where do I purchase books for my classes?
  30. When will I receive my grades?
  31. Is there a bank on campus?
  32. When will I receive my student bill and when is payment due?

When may I move into my residence hall?

Freshmen may move in on Friday evening, August 30, from 2-6 p.m. There will be students available to assist with move-in. However, if it is impossible to move in on that day, please contact Erik Hayes. We will also provide a ride from the Terre Haute Bus Station. Please notify Erik Hayes if you need a ride. 

Upperclassmen may begin moving in on Sunday, September 1.

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When do I receive my room assignment?

Room assignments are distributed at the end of July. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Affairs Office, at 812-877-8210.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of living on-campus?

All freshman students who are not from the Terre Haute area are required to live on-campus.

The advantages of living on campus include: There is easy access to campus resources (library, classrooms, food service, athletic facilities, intramural sports, etc.); you are surrounded by students who are taking the same classes and, as a result, are facing the same questions or having the same problems as you are; upperclassmen are nearby and will be able to provide assistance with homework problems; there are fewer distractions since everything is provided on campus; there is some time saving since it is not necessary to drive back and forth to campus.

The disadvantages are few: For Terre Haute area students it is obvious that it is less expensive to commute; other students may find that they can spend less money on food by living in an apartment.

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What about Dining Service?

All resident freshman students are required to take the 18-meal plan during their first quarter at Rose-Hulman. Resident students may switch to the 12-meal plan during the winter or spring quarters. The 18-meal plan includes 3 meals each day except for breakfast and the evening meal on Saturday and the evening meal on Sunday. The 12-meal plan allows a student to eat any 12 of the 18 meals which are served each week. Unlimited seconds are available on all items except on Friday evening which is prime entree' night. During the three times when meals are not served, Subway and Noble Roman's are open. Many students go off-campus to eat these meals or order pizza which is delivered to their room. Commuters may purchase meal combinations (as an example, 5 lunches per week) by contacting Mark Farner, the Dining Service Director.

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When does my meal plan go into effect?

The first meal for new students will be dinner on Friday, August 30th. Upper classmen meal plans will begin with breakfast on Monday, September 2nd.

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What type of supervision is provided in the Residence Halls?

Five professional staff live in our residence halls.  Erik Hayes, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, lives in Speed Hall. Kyle Rhodes, Director of Residence Life, lives in the Apartment Residence Hall. A team of three Graduate Assistants provide additional on-campus supervision. 

Junior and Senior students, known as Resident Assistants, live directly on the freshman floors. These individuals are hired by Rose-Hulman to provide supervision and leadership on the freshman floors. They not only assist in rule enforcement, but they also encourage students to get involved in campus life, help with homework, act as a campus resource, or provide counseling. They are selected for the position largely because they want to work with and help other students.

Sophomore Advisors also live on each freshman residence hall floor. The Sophomore Advisor assists the Resident Assistant with responsibilities, but the primary responsibility is to assist the freshman student with the academic side of campus life. The Sophomore Advisor is a sophomore student who has just completed the courses which the freshmen will be taking.

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What are the rules like in the residence halls?

Each student has a great deal of freedom in the residence halls. All students on each floor are responsible for enforcing the rules along with the Resident Assistant.

Students are not required to be in bed at any specific time. There are limited visitation hours for members of the opposite sex. Rose-Hulman treats the student's room as a private residence and we do not go looking for rule violations. Smoking and drugs are not permitted.

Each Residence Hall floor establishes quiet hours at the beginning of each academic year.

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What is provided in each residence hall room?

Each room contains the following items for each student: A bed, a desk, a chair, a compact refrigerator, a waste paper basket, a chest of drawers or 2 of a large chest of drawers, and a closet. Sufficient fluorescent lighting is provided, but many students bring a desk lamp. Halogen lighting is not permitted. All halls' rooms are carpeted. Network connections and cable hookups are installed in each residence hall room.

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Can I build a loft?

The building of lofts of decks is permitted. Lofts and decks must be freestanding (nothing attached to the walls). The top of the loft must be at least 3 feet from the ceiling. Decks must be at least 3 feet high and have 2 exits. Doors, heavy curtains, or furniture must not block exits. Deck and loft plans must be approved by your Resident Assistant prior to construction.

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What items can I bring to campus?

We recommend that you check with your roommate to avoid duplication of items. Televisions, microwaves and stereos (please bring head phones) are common appliances found on campus. Window air conditioners are not permitted, but fans are recommended.  Compact microwaves are permitted, but any cooking utensil with an open heating element is not permitted. Items with closed heating elements with thermostatic control (i.e., coffee pots and popcorn poppers) are also permitted. Coin-operated washers and dryers are located in each residence hall.  Money can also be added to student ID cards to be used for washer and dryer usage.

You are permitted to construct new bed surfaces. They are known as lofts since they generally lift the bed several feet off the floor and provide open space underneath the bed. Beds must be structurally sound and safe. In all cases, it is your responsibility to return the room to its original condition at the completion of the year.

Many students bring bicycles to campus. Storage space for bicycles within the residence halls is limited. You are welcome to bring your bicycle, but you may wish to get settled in first.

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Are the rooms cleaned regularly?

Housekeepers change linen in each residence hall room weekly. A flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and a pillow case are provided for each bed. Linen does not include bath towels, wash cloths, pillows or blankets. You must furnish these items on your own. All mattresses are 36" w x 80" l. Housekeepers also vacuum or dust the floor and dust the desk and dresser. Please note that if you construct bunk beds, it is generally your responsibility to change your linen. Also, if you put carpeting on the floor, it is your responsibility to maintain it.

Laundry facilities are available in each residence hall. Soap may be obtained from the campus bookstore or from one of the stores in Terre Haute.

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Are telephones and/or cable tv provided in the student rooms?

Cable tv is provided in the student rooms as a part of the student's room contract. Each residence hall floor has one community telephone.

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Should I purchase renter's insurance?

Rose-Hulman is not liable for anything in your room. We recommend that you check your parents homeowner's insurance to see whether the coverage will extend to your campus residence. If it does not, we encourage you to purchase a renter's policy.

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Is housing provided during periods when the school is not in session?

Housing is available only for those students who find it impossible to go home due to distance. There is a nominal charge of $5.00/night for the housing. You will receive information regarding this just prior to each vacation period.

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What type of health services are available on the campus?

A nurse and physician are on campus for three and one-half hours each weekday. In addition to the treatment of minor illness or injuries (i.e., cold, flu, strep throat, sprained ankle, etc.), the Health Service will supervise the treatment and general health of a student while under the care of a family physician. Ordinary prescription drugs and medicine are furnished free, but certain services such as x-ray examinations, special drugs and laboratory tests are not available on campus and the cost of these services must be borne by the student. A medical treatment consent form and physical examination form must be completed prior to your arrival on campus. These forms must be on file with the Health Service before any treatment can be given.

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Do you require a physical exam before I begin classes?

Yes.  A physical exam is required. New students will receive a health packet in the mail in May.  The packet includes all of the health forms required for a complete medical record. These completed forms are due back to the Health Services Office by August 1st.

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Is health insurance available?

All students who do not have health insurance must purchase accident and health insurance coverage. Questions regarding this program should be directed to Susan Butts, Administrative Services.

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Are cars permitted on campus?

Yes. Approximately 50% of the freshmen bring a car to campus. Cars must be registered during New Student Orientation. There is no charge for registration.

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Is transportation available from Rose-Hulman to Terre Haute?

Generally, students who bring cars are helpful in taking other students with them to the mall, grocery stores, and restaurants. If you have a problem getting a ride, please see your Resident Assistant.

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What type of airline or bus service can we use to get to Terre Haute?

Several major airlines currently service the Indianapolis Airport but do not have connecting flights to Terre Haute. If you find it impossible to arrange travel by way of Terre Haute, a representative from Rose-Hulman can pick you up in Indianapolis for your initial arrival this fall, but it would be your responsibility to make future transportation arrangements. There is also a Greyhound Bus Station in Terre Haute. If you need to be picked up from the Terre Haute Greyhound Bus Station, please notify the Office of Student Affairs in advance so that arrangements can be made.

At each scheduled break during the academic year, the Office of Student Affairs coordinates an airport shuttle service traveling from campus to the Indianapolis Airport.  Students will receive an email from the Office of Student Affairs when the shuttle service online registration site is live and ready to begin accepting online reservations.  This is generally one month before the upcoming break begins.  The cost for the shuttle is $25 each way and students must make reservations complete with payment in order to secure a seat.  The Indianapolis Airport is approximately a 60-90 minute drive from the campus.  Please choose your shuttle departure time to allow enough time for travel, getting through airport security, and arriving at your gate.  Students choosing to utilize our airport shuttle may take one carry-on and one checked bag with them on the shuttle.

You may view the 2013-14 shuttle schedule to plan for next year.

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Can I send luggage in advance?

Yes. New students may send some of their luggage and boxes ahead of their arrival if they cannot transport everything to campus themselves.  While our space is limited, we keep these items as organized as possible so that retrieval is fairly quick. Items can be retrieved at the Mail Distribution Center.  When sending items ahead, please note that you are an Incoming Freshman or Transfer Student on the mailing label as we may not have your information entered in the package tracking system ahead of time.

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How will I receive mail?

You will be assigned a campus mailbox upon arrival on campus. All mailboxes are located in Moench Hall. Mail is distributed Monday-Saturday. Mail should be addressed in the following manner: John Doe, CM 0000, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803.

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When do Fall Quarter classes begin?

Fall quarter classes will begin on Thursday, September 5th at 8:05 a.m.

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How do I know who my academic advisor is?

New students will meet their academic advisors on Monday, September 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  At the meeting advisors will discuss class registration and other important academic issues. Please refer to the packet of information that will be provided during check-in to find the name of your assigned academic advisor and meeting room location.

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How and when do I register for classes?

New students will register for fall quarter classes on Monday, September 2nd from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Academic advisors will assist students with the process. Registration will be conducted on-line so students should bring their laptops.

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When do I get my ID card?

Student ID photos will be taken throughout the day on Sunday, September 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  A schedule of photo times will be provided in the packet of information that is distributed at check-in.

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What do I do if I lose my ID card?

You can obtain a replacement for $10 in the Student Affairs Office. Stop by anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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When do I get my laptop?

New students will receive their laptops during the laptop orientation session on Monday, September 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Hatfield Hall Auditorium. Faculty and staff will distribute laptops as well as provide information on usage and network access.

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Where do I purchase books for my classes?

After you register for classes on Monday, September 2nd, you can stop by the Campus Bookstore to purchase your text books. The Campus Bookstore is open 8:00 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday.  Be sure to take a copy of your class schedule.

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When will I receive my grades?

At the end of the fifth week of each academic quarter, your academic adviser will give you your mid-term grades. These grades do not count in your grade-point-average (g.p.a.). They are useful in giving an indication of your academic progress.

At the end of each academic quarter (usually the Monday after final exams), grades are sent to your home address.

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Is there a bank on campus?

No, there is not a bank on campus. However, you may cash personal checks of up to $150 in the Bookstore. If you wish to open a local checking or savings account, you can make arrangements through one of the Terre Haute banks or you can use a bank in your hometown. Two Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) are located on campus, one in the Student Lounge in Moench Hall and the other in the lower level of the Student Union. The bank is operated by Terre Haute First Financial Bank. It will accept the Cirrus Card, Plus Card, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

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When will I receive my student bill and when is payment due?

You will receive your bill approximately four weeks prior to the start of each academic quarter. The bill payment due dates are as follows:

Fall Quarter August 30, 2013
Winter Quarter November 15, 2013
Spring Quarter February 28, 2014

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