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Rose-Hulman Tops Undergraduate Engineering Rankings for 16th Straight Year, Five Academic Programs Also No. 1 in National Survey

September 9, 2014

Campus Walk Olin Hall

For the 16th consecutive year, Rose-Hulman has earned distinction as America’s No. 1 undergraduate engineering college, based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its 2015 college guidebook.

In addition, once again, Rose-Hulman was ranked No. 1 in five academic programs:

Rose-Hulman’s ranking is among colleges that offer the bachelor’s or master’s as its top degree in engineering. The list includes elite institutions in California, Boston, and the nation’s military academies.

 “This is great news for this proud institute. Being recognized ‘Best In Class’ is a hard achievement to uphold. It takes a commitment from our board of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff to remain at the forefront of undergraduate engineering education,” says Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell. “I’m most proud of the legacy our academic departments have achieved that keeps us No. 1 in our classification. It’s another clean sweep in the five departments that are highlighted in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

Conwell pointed out that Rose-Hulman has recently welcomed its most diverse freshman class in history, and overall enrollment is at near-record levels. Other accolades include a 97-percent placement rate for Class of 2014 graduates; a 20-year net return of $736,200, according to PayScale, Inc.’s 2014 College Return on Investment Report; and six professors were highlighted in The Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Professors book as the best in their academic fields.

Elsewhere on campus, student interns and professional project managers are helping Rose-Hulman Ventures create life-saving medical devices and innovative products for corporate clients; the recently renovated cleanroom for Micro-Nanoscale Device and Systems has expanded opportunities in nanotechnology; the Branam Innovation Center and William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research have opened avenues in undergraduate research and projects in science and engineering areas; and student teams have received recognition for their performances in national and international competitions.

“Clearly, we are an institution that’s not resting on our past. We’re on a pathway for continuous improvement in every aspect of our operations,” states Conwell. “We’re preparing to usher in a new era with our Strategic Plan, along with revised vision and mission statements. Greater days are ahead for Rose-Hulman as we become more global in our focus, strive for sustainability, and continue to provide an educational environment that encourages personal, hands-on attention.”