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Would you train before running a marathon?

If yes, then you'll want to prep for your first year at one of the nation's top-ranked STEM colleges. Knowing that students come to Rose-Hulman with different levels of preparation for college, Rose Prime is designed to increase equity in preparation for first-year success.

First-year students who participate in Rose Prime will receive two weeks of instruction, designed to build upon and sharpen their existing mathematics skills. In addition, participants will learn more about the campus and begin transitioning to college life. 

Graduating from Rose-Hulman is a goal that reaps tremendous rewards. Investing two weeks in Rose Prime will help ensure you are in top shape when your Rose-Hulman education begins.

What Happens at Rose Prime?

  • You will get a two-week head start on college life, exploring campus and many of the resources
  • You will get to meet and learn from Rose-Hulman’s faculty, staff, and students
  • You will get to know other first-year students
  • You will get to participate in non-classroom activities and competitions
  • You will find yourself better prepared for an awesome college experience

Watch the video to hear first-hand from Rose Prime participants


In addition to awesome professors, Rose Prime features mentoring from current Rose-Hulman students.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rose Prime?

Rose Prime is a two-week, residential, summer program designed to help students prepare for a successful first year. Over the course of the program, you will work with Dr. Holder to review pre-calculus fundamentals and learn early calculus concepts. and Dr. Forbes to explore new academic strategies and resources. You'll also be working with our Rose Prime Mentors to begin the transition to college and engage in fun activities. In the past, students have enjoyed activities such as bridge building, cardboard boat race, scavenger hunt, Hulman Farms lawn games, S'mores on Speed Beach, and more!

When is Rose Prime?

Monday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 27, 2024


What is the Rose Prime Schedule?

The Rose Prime schedule has been intentionally designed to simulate the Rose-Hulman experience, to help students develop positive routines, and to highlight the balance between academics and social activities. 
Weekday Schedule:
Morning: Breakfast and classroom time
Afternoon: Lunch, homework time and professor office hours, afternoon break and activities
Evening: Dinner, homework time, tutoring, and review sessions
Weekend Schedule:
Saturday Morning: Breakfast, exam, and break
Saturday Afternoon: Lunch and activities
Saturday Evening: Free time 
Sunday Morning: Free time
Sunday Afternoon: Free time
Sunday Evening: Exam review session 

How much does Rose Prime cost to attend?

Thanks to generous donor funding, this program is offered free of charge, which includes meals, residence hall accommodations, classroom instruction, and Rose-Hulman-sponsored activities. Students are only responsible for transportation to Rose-Hulman and any activities they wish to engage in outside of the program. Rose Prime will also cover meals between the end of Rose Prime and orientation.

Where will I live during Rose Prime?

Students will live in Percopo Hall, suite-style living with easy access to the Mussallem Union and the academic buildings, for the duration of the program. After the program, students will move into their academic year housing with the help of the Rose Prime Mentors.

Where will I eat during Rose Prime?

Rose Prime students will eat in the dining hall inside the Mussallem Union. Meals are included in the program, so there is no charge to students.

Who is eligible for Rose Prime?

Students who did not have an opportunity to take Calculus in high school will be invited to participate in Rose Prime.

A note for student-athletes: The Rose Prime schedule consists of full days as well as time on the weekend. Students who are part of in-season athletic teams (e.g., football, volleyball) should talk with their coach and determine which program to participate in from August 12 – 27, 2024.     

Do Rose Prime students participate in orientation week?

Yes. Rose Prime students will participate in Orientation Week for all first-year students, beginning August 30, 2024.


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