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Rose-Hulman Ranked 11th Among America’s Best Colleges by

December 17, 2012

Rose-Hulman has once again been ranked among America's best colleges, the latest being an elite No. 11 position on list of 50 institutions that make a difference by specializing on the undergraduate educational experience.

             Richards at board
  Students Come First: Mechanical engineering professor Donald Richards works with a student on understanding a concept presented in class. These faculty-student collaborations are a key component of the undergraduate educational experience at Rose-Hulman.

Rose-Hulman was the top-ranked Midwest college on a list that gave high marks for the prospects for personal enrichment and advancement that await students after graduation. Key factors in Rose-Hulman's favor were a record of achievement, with a near 100-percent career placement rate by graduation, and lucrative starting and mid-career salaries of alumni.

"College, in our view, should not be a stepping stone to living in mom and dad's garage or basement. It should be a springboard to a full, rich, independent life," stated editors in announcing its list.

Other key elements considered in list were academic rigor, quality of faculty, diversity of academic programs, school reputation, and freedom of inquiry and expression.

"We selected schools that focus mainly on providing an excellent education to undergraduate students," stated James A. Barham, Ph.D., general editor of He points out that top-ranked Deep Springs College (Deep Springs, Calif.) offers only a two-year degree.

Joining Rose-Hulman on the list were Swarthmore College (Pa.), second; Williams College (Mass.), fifth; the U.S. military service academies (Army, Navy and Air Force), seventh through ninth; College of William and Mary (Va.), 10th; Bowdoin College (Maine), 12th; Julliard School (N.Y.), 15th; Smith College (Mass.), 23rd; and Carlton College (Minn.), 24th.

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This is the latest national organization to rank Rose-Hulman among the nation's top colleges and universities. For 14 consecutive years,U.S. News & World Report'sCollege Guide has ranked the institute No. 1 among colleges that offer the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. It was also cited earlier this year in The Princeton Review's Best 377 Colleges guide and Fiske Guide to Colleges. Rose-Hulman ranked 10th in a 2013 study of graduates with the highest starting salaries, and six faculty members were featured in The Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors book, published last spring.

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