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Strong Female, Hispanic and International Student Applicant Pool Pushes Admissions to Another Application Record

February 24, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is becoming a top choice of students from throughout the world seeking to begin their careers in engineering, science and mathematics with a quality undergraduate educational experience.  The college has set a record for the number of applications from high-school seniors desiring to be members of the 2012-13 freshman class.

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First-Choice College: More high-school seniors desiring careers in engineering, science and mathematics are putting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology as its No. 1 college choice.  This popularity has increased the college's diversity and academic profile.

Through February 22, Rose-Hulman's Office of Admissions received 4,401 first-year applications.  This tops the 4,298 applications reviewed for the current 2011-12 freshman class.

"Rose-Hulman has become a first-choice college for many of the world's top high-school scholars.  Our applications for freshman admission have increased 50 percent during the past six years," stated Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management.  "This year's applicant pool is our most diverse ever, with a record number of women, Hispanic and international applicants."

Rose-Hulman has increased its international recruitment efforts.  Goecker recently spent a week visiting prospective students and families in India, while Assistant Director of Admissions Jared Goulding leaves next week to meet prospects in China, South Korea and Japan.

These efforts have resulted in a 12-percent increase in international applicants over 2011-12 and a 48-percent jump over 2010-11. 

Among American high-school seniors, Rose-Hulman has seen the largest application increases from California, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois.

Applications from students interested in transferring to Rose-Hulman from other colleges and universities have also increased by 76 percent.

"We're finding more students interested in studying engineering, science and mathematics," stated Goecker in giving reasons for the increased application statistics.  "Rose-Hulman's growing reputation throughout the world, helped by the U.S. News & World Report College Guide's No. 1 ranking for 13 straight years, and its role as the leader in undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education continues to attract the best students. The challenges of the future will be solved by the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.  Our best minds need the best education and Rose-Hulman leads the way."