Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sign at main entrance

Rankings & National Distinction

Our unique blend of personal attention, exceptional teaching, academic rigor and experiential learning in an extensive support system for success is what allows Rose‑Hulman to offer an elite, nationally recognized education in engineering, science and math.

2021 U.S. News & World Report College Guide
No. 1 Undergraduate Engineering Programs - 22nd consecutive year

U.S. News & World Report Academic Department Rankings:
  • No. 1 Chemical Engineering
  • No. 1 Civil Engineering
  • No. 1 Computer Engineering
  • No. 1 Electrical Engineering
  • No. 1 Mechanical Engineering 
  • No. 2 Biomedical Engineering

Brookings Institution’s Value-Added Assessment
No. 4 from 7,400 of U.S. Colleges (In Terms of Value Added)
Cited Rose-Hulman alumni for earning an average of 44 percent more by mid-career than would otherwise be expected from graduates of schools with similar characteristics and students. 
MarketWatch Study
Top College Where Female STEM Students Flourish
Study found Rose-Hulman alumnae earn 50 percent more at the 10-year point in their careers than if they had attended average schools with similar student profiles. The study singled out just 12 schools for special recognition.

2021 Princeton Review Best 386 Colleges
No. 3 – Best Schools for Internships
No. 3 – Most Accessible Professors
No. 5 – Best Science Lab Facilities
No. 6 – Best Run Colleges
No. 7 – Best Career Placement
No. 8 – Best Counseling Services
No. 9 – Best Career Services
No. 9 – Happiest Students
No. 11 – Best College Dorms
No. 12 – Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
No. 16 – Professors Get High Marks
Best 386 Colleges
Best Value Colleges
Best Midwestern
Green Colleges

Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors
Our faculty have been featured by the Princeton Review as the Most Accessible Professors and among The Best 300 Professors.

Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 
No. 10 - Best US universities for student-staff interaction

Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges 2019
No. 2 – Best Indiana Colleges
No. 13 – Average Early Career Salary
No. 15 – Best Midwest Colleges

2020 Niche Guide to Colleges
Overall Grade: A+
Category Grades:
Value: A+
Academics: A
Student Life: A
Safety: A
Professors: A
Diversity: A-

No. 23 - Best Value Colleges in America (out of 1,592)
No. 2 - Best Value Colleges in Indiana
No. 34 - Best Small Colleges in America (out of 984)
No. 39 - Best Colleges for Engineering in America (out of 378)

2020 Business Insider
No. 19 -- Best Colleges For Your Money

2019-20 PayScale College Salary Report
No. 19 – Highest Paying Bachelor’s Degrees ($135,800)
(Ranked by median mid-career pay; employees with 20 years of experience)

PayScale 2018 College Return On Investment Report
No. 28 - $751,000 20-Year Net ROI (Without Financial Aid)

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings
No. 5 for Top Schools for Career Preparation 

The New York Times study of economic diversity and student outcomes for elite colleges
Although the Rose-Hulman student median family income is nearly the lowest of the elite schools (public and private) in the nation, alumni are among the highest in median individual income at age 34 compared to their elite-school peers.

The study ranked RHIT:
No. 1 students from the bottom fifth of incomes who moved to the top fifth as adults
No. 3 median income at age 34
No. 6 overall mobility/likelihood that a graduate moved up two or more income quintiles 
No. 9 Best Undergraduate College in U.S.

2020 Fiske Guide To Colleges
Featured Top Technological Institutes
This guide presents "the best and most interesting schools" for high-school students and their parents to consider during the college-search process. An institutional profile, based on student surveys, reports that Rose-Hulman "offers an outstanding technical background and bright prospects for future employment. Students are smart, motivated and highly competitive."

College Raptor 2021 Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems in the U.S.
Hidden Gems in the Great Lakes Region
Hidden Gems with Alternative Tuition Plans's No. 1 Indiana college for getting a job
Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.
College Consensus 2018
No. 4 Best Colleges in Indiana (out of 24)
Hardest Working Colleges in U.S. – No. 12

College Factual 2021
No. 1 – Top Ranked for Computer Engineering (out of 102)
No. 2 – Most Focused on Chemical Engineering (out of 183)
No. 2 – Top Ranked for Chemical Engineering (out of 132)
No. 3 – Most Focused on Mechanical Engineering (out of 375)
No. 3 – Most Focused on Biomedical Engineering (out of 165)
No. 4 – Top Ranked for Computer Science (out of 209)
No. 5 – Most Focused on Computer Engineering (out of 305)
No. 5 – Top Ranked for Mechanical Engineering (out of 275)
No. 7 – Highest-paid Grads for Chemical Engineering (out of 134)
No. 9 – Most Focused on Engineering (out of 1,000)
No. 9 – Top Ranked for Engineering (out of 323)
No. 9 – Highest-paid Grads for Computer Engineering (out of 108)
No. 10 – Top Ranked for Civil Engineering (out of 183)

Grad Reports
No. 7 - Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering 
No. 19 - Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering

Georgetown University Center on Education
A 2019 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, using The College Scorecard statistics, found a 20-year net present value (NPV) of $757,000 for Rose-Hulman graduates, which ranks 42nd among 4,500 American colleges and universities. Rose-Hulman graduates have a 30-year NPV of $1.25 million, ranking 32nd, and a 40-year NPV of $1.65 million, ranking 31st nationally.
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