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Chemical Engineering Department Ranked Among Nation’s Best

December 13, 2016

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More than a century after being the first American college to confer a chemical engineering degree, Rose-Hulman is still recognized as a national leader among undergraduate institutions in this academic field, earning a top 25 ranking this year by College Choice.

The popular online resource formulated its ranking after examining each institution’s tuition costs, as reported by individual schools and CNN Money; reputation in the engineering field, as reported by U.S. News & World ReportForbes, and TES Global; and job placement and alumni job satisfaction, as reported in PayScale’s 2016 College Return on Investment Report.

College Choice noted that Rose-Hulman chemical engineering majors choose to specialize in one of the three areas of concentration — advanced chemical engineering analysis, energy production and utilization, or industrial and process engineering. The program also incorporates numerous independent research projects for students.

As a career field, chemical engineering combines nearly all of the natural and experimental sciences to design and develop processes that transform the most basic materials into usable products in a range of industries. Graduates are rewarded quite well in the job force. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2015, the median annual wage for chemical engineers was $97,360.

Most of Rose-Hulman’s 2016 chemical engineering graduates are employed, attending graduate school or have started military commitments following participation in the Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp.  The average accepted job offer was $70,488 and graduates are now working for companies such as Anheuser Busch, ArcelorMittal, Berry Plastics, Cook Pharmica, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Elanco, Honeywell FMT, International Paper, Marathon Petroleum, Procter & Gamble and Quaker Chemicals.