Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (abbreviated RHIT), formerly Rose Polytechnic Institute, is a small, private, non-sectarian college specializing in teaching engineering, mathematics, and science. RHIT is highly regarded for its undergraduate engineering program, which is ranked as the best in the nation (of schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's). Its campus is located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The curricula at RHIT concentrate on engineering and the natural sciences. The school's primary focus is undergraduate education, though there is a small graduate program for master's degree students. There are no doctoral programs. In 2005, Rose-Hulman had 161 faculty members, 99% of whom held a Ph.D. The current student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. Admission to the institute remains competitive due to its self-selecting admissions class and applicant sharing with MIT, Purdue, Notre Dame, and other top universities. In 2005, 470 students enrolled out of over 3,300 applicants. The school currently operates on three academic quarters plus an optional summer session.
Degrees are offered in:
Most departments also offer various certifications and licensures. Minors are offered in:
The biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, optical engineering, and software engineering programs are accredited by The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Rose-Hulman is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of Indiana. The chemistry curriculum has been approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.
In addition to institutional membership in the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute is also a member of the Association of Independent Technological Universities, a group formed to further the interests of private engineering schools.
As of 2008, the institute has been ranked first in its category (engineering colleges whose highest degree offered is a Bachelors's or Master's) by U.S. News & World Report for ten consecutive years (2000-2009), referred to by current president Dr. Gerald Jakubowski as a "Decade of Excellence". (In the 2007 and 2008 rankings, it was exactly tied with Harvey Mudd College, but it pulled ahead comfortably by a score of 4.5113 to 4.3884 (out of 5) for the 2009 rankings.) Each individual program assessed has also been ranked first since the magazine has published individual rankings. These programs are the chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs (As of the 2009 ratings, chemical is now ranked second).
While Rose is not considered in the doctoral institution rankings, Stanford University's Hoover Institute fellow, Thomas Sowell, mentioned Rose-Hulman as one of the best smaller universities to consider, noting that graduate engineering deans have ranked its graduates ahead of many top schools with Ph.D programs, such as Duke, Princeton, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder Chauncey Rose, along with nine friends, created the Terre Haute School of Industrial Science in 1874 to provide technical training after encountering difficulties in local engineer availability during construction of his railroads. Mr. Rose donated the land on 13th and Locust St. and the majority of the funds needed to start the new school. A year later, the cornerstone of the new institution was laid and the name was changed to Rose Polytechnic Institute despite the objections of the president of the board of managers and chief benefactor, Mr. Rose. The original campus was a single building, with no dormitories or recreational facilities.
The first class of 48 students entered in 1883, chosen from 58 applicants. Of the 48 students, all were male, and 37 came from Indiana. All but four students chose to major in Mechanical Engineering with Civil Engineering and Chemistry the only other majors. Nearly half of the original students would eventually quit their studies before graduation for a number of reasons, including poor grades or conduct. The first president was Dr. Charles O. Thompson, who modeled the education of Rose Poly after eastern institutions. Rose Poly was thus founded as the first private engineering college west of the Alleghenies.
During the beginning years of the school, money was a major concern. A lot of faculty and staff were forced to take pay cuts in order to stay at the institution.
In 1889 the school awarded what it considers to be the first Chemical Engineering degree in the country.
In 1917, the school, having grown to more than 300 students, moved from 13th and Locust St. (on which now sits Chauncey Rose Middle School) to a new site consisting of 123 acres (0.5 km²) of farm land on U.S. 40 donated by the Hulman family of Terre Haute. The cornerstone of the new campus was laid in 1922. The new campus consisted of an academic building and a dorm - the institute's first.
Early life at Rose consisted of social fraternities, athletics, and the occasional "high jinks." A popular "high jinks" involved the sophomore class inviting the freshmen class to a baseball game but were told to "leave their pipes with the nurse." The freshmen would produce the pipes at a specific time and a brawl would ensue.
During World War I Rose Poly trained students in technical subjects like vehicle maintenance, and created a ROTC Engineer unit. During World War II the ROTC unit was replaced with an Army Specialized Training Unit and students could enter and graduate after every quarter in order to support the war effort. This enrollment schedule continued through the post-war years until 1951. A tank is located behind one of the academic buildings as a reminder of Rose Poly's war contributions.
For their gift of their assets of their foundation and continued financial support, in 1971, Rose Polytechnic was renamed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Hulman family's honor.
During the 1960s and 70s, growth accelerated under president John A. Logan. Five new residence halls, a new student union, library and a student recreation center were all constructed between 1963 and 1976. Permission was sought and received to increase the student population to 1000.
For most of its history, Rose-Hulman was a men's-only institution. It voted to become coeducational in 1991, with the first women students starting in 1995. Also in 1995, the college required all incoming freshmen to purchase laptop computers, becoming one of the first schools to do so. Since then, laptops have been required for all freshmen, and the curricula have heavily integrated computers into classroom instruction.
In the decade following 1995, Rose-Hulman's growth was aided by a major fundraising campaign called "Vision to be the Best." Originally a $100 million campaign over ten years, it met its goal in half the time. The goal was extended to $200 million, and by the end of the campaign in June 2004, over $250 million had been raised. In 2002, Hatfield Hall, a state-of-the-art theater and alumni center was opened. Five years earlier Shook Field House was replaced with the $20 million Sports and Recreation Center, which is a major reason that the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts have used the campus for their summer training camp since 1999.
After the 2004 retirement of institute president Samuel Hulbert, who had led the school since 1976, the college faced a leadership crisis. Soon after John J. Midgley arrived as the new president, rumors of conflict between Midgley and the administration started to circulate. Students, some wearing T-shirts proclaiming "Hit the Road Jack", held a rally calling for Midgley's resignation. Dr. Midgley resigned as president of the institute on 11 June 2005, less than a year into his presidency, after the faculty, staff and Student Government Association approved votes of no confidence. During the succeeding academic year, Robert Bright, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, served as interim chief executive officer.
At a press conference on 17 March 2006, Mr. Bright named Gerald Jakubowski, Vice President and Professor of Engineering at Arizona State University, as the thirteenth president of the Institute. Dr. Jakubowski took over effective 1 July, 2006. Dr. Jakubowski is respectfully referred to as Dr. J. by the students and holds meetings with those interested a few times during the year to catch up on campus life.
Rose-Hulman's campus includes a baseball field, a softball field, and a soccer field at the west end, two bodies of water (known on campus as "Scum Pond" and "Speed Lake") surrounded by residence halls in the middle, the academic buildings east of that, and a row of fraternities further to the east. The Sports and Recreation Center (SRC), Cook Stadium, and other sports-related facilities anchor the north side of campus, and Oakley Observatory sits on the far east edge.
The entrance of the campus leads to Hadley Hall, the main administrative building. The center of campus is marked by the Grace and Anton Hulman Memorial Union, which includes dining facilities and administrative offices, as well as other campus-run businesses such as the bookstore and game room.
The students who live on campus feel very safe and the crime rate for all of campus is very low with only a few incidents reported each year. There are emergency call boxes situated throughout campus to summon help for emergencies, the escort service, or to help get one's car unlocked to retrieve keys. All of the call boxes are connected to Public Safety. All of the sidewalks are well-lit. During the winter, the stairways and sidewalks are kept clear of snow and ice.
The oldest, Deming Hall, was built in 1926 and is an all-male hall. Deming houses 109 students, mostly freshmen, on four floors. BSB Hall, built in 1956, is an L-shaped building with room for 144 students on three stories, mostly freshmen. The offices and studios of the campus radio station occupy much of BSB's basement. There are also some rooms in the basement for male, upperclassmen students.
Speed Hall was built in 1963 and holds 116 freshmen on three floors, all male. North of Speed Hall is Speed Lawn and Speed Lake. Mees, Scharpenberg, and Blumberg (all built in 1966) constitute the Triplets, three halls each housing 76 students on 4 H-shaped floors. Mees and Scharpenberg are identical, with Blumberg being a mirror image of the two. Skinner, built in 1976, is an apartment-style residence hall on the east side of campus. Apartments in Skinner were originally composed of three bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen shared with three other apartments, but were remodeled to have only two bedrooms and a private kitchen. Skinner is the smallest residence hall, housing only 44 students and 2 resident assistants.
Percopo, built in 1999, is a Sophomore-only hall, designed to retain and help educate Sophomore students. Percopo has in-house tutors and other resources geared towards assisting Sophomores through what is generally considered the hardest academic year. Percopo has 109 double-rooms (sharing a bathroom) on four floors. The newest hall, the yet to be officially named, apartment-style residence hall comprises two buildings connected by a commons area. Apartments East and Apartments West are identical, each having rooms with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a living room. The commons area contains a Subway restaurant, a convenience store, a barber shop, and laundry facilities.
The residence halls are kept clean by the devoted Residence Hall staff. Each dorm room is cleaned once a week by a housekeeper. This cleaning consists of emptying the trash cans, making the beds with clean sheets, wiping the mirrors in the wardrobes, and vacuuming the floor. The lobbies of each building are cleaned everyday. And the bathrooms are cleaned at least once a week if not more.
Rose-Hulman has four main classroom buildings plus a library, a mechanical engineering lab, and an administration building. The four main buildings are Moench Hall, Olin Hall, Crapo Hall, and Myers Hall. Olin came as a result of a proposal by Sam Hulbert and was later expanded to add eight more advanced learning classrooms. Olin includes a large occupancy by the Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. Crapo is home to the Mathematics Department and has two floors of classrooms. The John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry, the newest academic building, holds the Graduate Studies Office and some Bioengineering Department labs. The largest, Moench Hall, is composed of four floors of classrooms, offices, and labs, and was the original academic building on campus built in 1922. All of the remaining departments have offices in Moench.
The Logan Library is a small engineering library whose lower floor is occupied by The Learning Center, with tutors and help available to students, Homework Hotline, and the ROTC offices. Near Myers is the Rotz Mechanical Engineering lab which houses three wind tunnels and other mechanical engineering labs. Connecting Moench Hall and Olin Hall is Hadley Hall. This building contains the offices of the President, the Registrar, Admissions, and Financial Aid.
Rose-Hulman's wireless network covers the entire academic buildings, the Hulman Union, the Sports and Recreation Center, and Logan Library. Every classroom is also equipped with high-speed ethernet connections.
Throughout the year, Chauncey’s hosts several different tournaments and events, including:
During the academic year, Chauncey’s is open from during the week from 11am to 11pm, and from noon to 11pm on the weekends.
Public artwork is displayed across the campus. The Flame of the Millennium, designed by Leonardo Nierman, and its surrounding fountain is the largest and one of the newest of the sculptures. Other works can be seen in the Root Quadrangle between Olin, Moench and Crapo, and opposite Olin toward the south end of campus. Among all the sculptures around campus, one of the favorites among students is Naked Lady Riding Fish, located in the Root Quadrangle near Olin Hall. Many students pose with this sculpture and have their pictures taken.
Paintings and prints can also be found throughout the school. The largest collection is that of the late Salty Seamon, a Hoosier watercolorist and illustrator. A 115-piece collection of 19th century British watercolors can be found in the Hulman Memorial Union. The art curator for Rose-Hulman also is in charge of rotating the art collections on the main floors of Moench Hall which are changed during the summer and also over Winter Break.
The student body tends to come mostly from the Midwest United States, though as the school has gained prominence it has gradually attracted a more geographically and ethnically diverse applicant pool. 39% of students hail from the state of Indiana with large numbers of students from the nearby states of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. A 2003 gift of $7 million from an alumnus was specifically established to increase geographic diversity. International students currently make up about 3% of the student body. Approximately 20% of students are female. A sizable population is involved in Army and Air Force ROTC programs.
There are eight social fraternities and three social sororities, some of which have their houses on campus. The fraternities are: Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Theta Xi, and Triangle. The sororities are Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, and Delta Delta Delta. As of 2003, nearly half of the students were members of Greek social organizations.
Various academic honor and service organizations are also represented, including Alpha Chi Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
The performing arts as Rose-Hulman have a wide base of support. There are currently 6 different performing arts groups on campus, Chorus, Drama Club, String Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Pep Band. All of the groups use the recently constructed Hatfield Hall for performances, rehearsal space, and storage. All performing arts groups have been recording CDs for the past couple of years to use as recruiting measures and to show off the talent of the Rose-Hulman students. In addition to these groups, Rose-Hulman also has the Performing Arts Series which brings mainstream acts to Hatfield Hall for the cultural enrichment of both the campus and community. Recent acts have included Diavolo, the Harlem Gospel Choir, and the East Village Opera Company all of who's shows sold out completely in only a few days. This year's Performing Arts Series is expected to be a success with many shows selling out due to the expected popularity of the shows including: Barrage, the Russian National Ballet, and Taikoproject.
The Rose Chorus performs many times throughout the year including the National Anthem before the Homecoming football game, the Golden Gala dinner during Homecoming weekend, three concerts a year, commencement ceremonies, and either Mom's Day or Dad's Day festivities.
The Rose Drama Club performs many times throughout the year including fall and winter plays, a spring musical, a 24-hour play festival (where plays are written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours), and one-acts. Recent productions include The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Night of the Living Dead, and Once Upon a Mattress. This years' shows includeThe Three Musketeers, a cabaret of different musicals, and The Wizard of Oz. As most Rose students are engineering majors, the drama club prides itself on its technical theater group and their special effects.
The Rose Jazz Band plays different styles of jazz from a jazzy Let it Snow to Tank. The Rose Jazz Band partners with the Chorus, String Ensemble, and Concert Band to put on an excellent Christmas concert.
There are many facilities for sports events. The Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) is home to basketball courts, racquetball courts, an indoor track, an 8-lane, swimming and diving pool, a weight-lifting room, a basketball arena (Hulbert Arena), and a multi-use room (for dance, wrestling, etc). Outside of the SRC is Cook Stadium and its football field surrounded by the William Welch Outdoor Track & Field Complex. Inside of Cook Stadium grandstand is the RHIT rifle range. Adjacent to the football field is a series of tennis courts as well as two intramural fields (used by the Indianapolis Colts during their summer training camp) near these courts. Rose-Hulman's sports facilities also include the Art Nehf baseball field, a softball field, and the Jim Rendel soccer field.
In 2007, the SRC was home to the Division III Men's and Women's Indoor National Track Championships (and will be again in 2009), after having previously hosted the Division III Women's Basketball National Championships in 2002 and 2003.
Rose-Hulman currently competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, an NCAA Division III athletic conference. It was previously a member of the Southern and Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conferences. Despite no longer sharing a conference affiliation with them, Rose-Hulman has always had a rivalry with DePauw University, and has consistently had nonleague rivalries with other nearby strong academic schools such as Washington University in St. Louis, University of Chicago, and Denison University.
The men and women's Swimming and Diving team will participate in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The colors of the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers are rose and white, and their mascot is Rosie the Elephant.
As of 2005, Rose-Hulman has had a student athlete named to an NCAA Division III Academic All-America Team for 21 consecutive years. Sixty-four Academic All-Americans have been named from the school since 1978.
For the 2007-2008 school year, Rose-Hulman won the Commissioner's Cup from the HCAC. This award is given to the school with the most number of points based on the teams performance in the conference.
Rose-Hulman’s ascent to national prominence began in 1999, when Sean Valentine captured the first two All-American awards in school history. Valentine placed fourth in the freestyle and sixth in the breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Nationals. Matt Smith became Rose-Hulman’s first swimming national champion in 2003. Smith’s career included four All-American honors, highlighted by a first place in the breaststroke in 2003. He captured eight individual league championships, including three breaststroke titles. David Breiding, a 2004 graduate, also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships during a career that featured nine individual all-conference awards. Adam Effinger continued the tradition with a pair of honorable mention All-American efforts at the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championships.
The women’s swimming and diving team earned its first significant regional and national accolades in 2005. The medley relay team of Jessica Frank, Anita Isch, Elaine Kratz and Erin O’Connor earned the first national provisional qualification in the history of the women’s program and captured all-conference honors. The all-conference accolades continued with two individual and one relay award in 2006.
The campus radio station is WMHD 90.7 FM, "The Monkey." Until recently, the station broadcast with a very low power antenna on campus, but now operates an off-site transmitter at 1400 Watts. The studio facilities are in the basement of the BSB residence hall. The station is operated entirely by volunteers, and all disc jockeys choose their own format and playlists.
The Rose-Hulman Film Club currently produces student-directed short films.
In the last few years, students have led an initiative to start a campus television station, RoseView, although currently this station does not exist.
Rose also has an amateur radio club callsign W9NAA.
The college operates several educational and entrpreneurial outreach programs.
The Homework Hotline provides free homework help and tutoring to Indiana middle school and high school students. Thirty Rose-Hulman students per night field calls from around the state and help students answer math and science questions. In the 2006-07 school year, the hotline received a total of 43,353 calls. The program started in 1991 and is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
In 1968, the college launched Operation Catapult, a science-based summer camp for rising high school seniors. The three week program is designed to immerse students into the role of an engineer attempting to solve problems posed by their group's project. It continues today. In 1977, the college held the first summer computer camp in the nation for high school students, Camp Retupmoc ('computer' spelled backwards). This camp continues through the summer of 2006, with Operation Catapult LXXX, with intent to continue further. The 1980s also saw "T.I.P.," The Iceberg Project, a summer camp for rising high school seniors lasting a week and a half, where students were given detailed introductions to scientific areas of interest such as writing software or performing qualitative chemical analysis. The T.I.P. program was short-lived.
Rose-Hulman Ventures is a technology-based business incubator located in Aleph Park, three miles (5 km) south of Rose-Hulman's main campus. It serves as a source of internships and job opportunities with local startups for Rose students and alumni. It hosted more than 100 interns in the summer of 2005. Rose-Hulman Ventures was established in 1999 with a $30 million grant from the Lilly Endowment and received a $24.9 million follow-up grant in 2002.
There are many activities and clubs at Rose-Hulman, but there are several engineering projects that frequently take the spotlight. The institute has recently started an Advanced Transportation Initiative that has attracted national attention. With its close proximity to the most prominent automotive and transportation companies in the United States, Rose-Hulman is able to partner with companies to integrate current technology and industry developments into the curriculum beyond senior projects so that students can have a four-year experience understanding the engineering world.
The team at Rose-Hulman is part of a competition among 17 Universities in the United States and Canada that partner with General Motors and the Department of Energy to re-engineer a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox to improve fuel efficiency and decrease emissions. The team ranges from 30-70 students and has been an integral part of the Universities Mechanical & Electrical Engineering programs. The vehicle uses a power-split hybrid architecture as the team modified their vehicle into a rear wheel drive diesel-electric hybrid using B20 biodiesel fuel. The university allows the to use a designated section of the Rotz Lab on campus as team headquarters. Students receive course credit for this project. Rose-Hulman Team Website
The team includes 18 students majoring in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and civil engineering –- four students remaining from the original team that formed the RHEV group in 2003. The driver lays flat on her back and steers the car by adjusting independent front wheel mechanisms. The vehicle is driven by a single rear wheel that’s attached to the motor, located behind the driver’s compartment.
The Rose-Hulman Human-Powered Vehicle Team constructs a man-powered land vehicle to compete in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Human Powered Vehicle Challenge The vehicle must be light, highly efficient and powered only by its single occupant. The team at Rose-Hulman is a volunteer club.
The team has competed for three years. The first year, the "Hautian Hazard" gave a strong showing at the sprint and endurance events. However, due to a low design report score, the team only received 7th place at the ASME East Coast competition.
The second year, the "R5" came on strong and took 2nd place overall at the ASME East Coast competition. It was clocked at over in the sprint event. It also had a sustained one hour endurace speed of at an HPRA event.
The 2008 bike, "Infinity" has performed extremely well at the both the East and West Coast ASME competitions. The team achieved first place overall at West Coast by earning a first place finish in the women's sprint and design report, second place in the men's sprint, and third place in the endurance event. In the men's sprint the vehicle traveled at through a 100 meter time trap. The team also achieved first place overall at the East Coast Competition by earning a first place finish in the men's sprint, second place in the women's sprint and endurance event, and third place in the design report. Rose-Hulman was the second team ever to win both the East and West Coast ASME competitions in the same year.