Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Ranked No. 1 Engineering College for 22nd Straight Year

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Besides the overall No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report College Guide's undergraduate engineering category, Rose-Hulman earned top scores from its peer engineering deans and senior faculty in five academic departments: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school’s biomedical engineering program was ranked No. 2.

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“The U.S. News ranking continues to highlight the strong return on investment from a Rose-Hulman education, and further attests our mission of continuous improvement to be the best in STEM education.”- Robert A. Coons, President, Rose-Hulman

For the 22nd consecutive year, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been ranked by its peers as best among U.S. engineering colleges that are focused on bachelor’s- and master’s-level education.

The latest No. 1 ranking is featured in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges Guide, released September 14. The publication asked U.S. college engineering deans and senior faculty to rate programs at accredited undergraduate engineering programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). Rose-Hulman tallied a 4.6 score, tops out of 220 colleges nationwide in the category.

Rose-Hulman also once again earned No. 1 rankings in five academic department categories: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school’s biomedical engineering program was ranked No. 2.

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons acknowledges that, combined with other distinctions by publications and organizations, the U.S. News ranking reaffirms the institute’s standing as one of the nation’s premier colleges for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“The U.S. News ranking continues to highlight the strong return on investment from a Rose-Hulman education, and further attests our mission of continuous improvement to be the best in STEM education,” Coons said. “Our peers continue to recognize the excellence of our faculty, staff and students, the success of our loyal and proud alumni, and quality leadership provided by our Board of Trustees and administration.”

Rose-Hulman recently was ranked as a Best Value College and Green College by the Princeton Review, a college with a high return on investment by PayScale, and earned top marks for academic quality, quality of professors and student life by Niche.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard E. Stamper, PhD, adds that Rose-Hulman works hard to maintain its No. 1 ranking by improving its academic facilities, investing in courses, and encouraging teaching excellence.

“We’re dedicated to continuous improvement in all areas of our operations. Thankfully, those efforts, including the reputation of our faculty within their career fields, haven’t gone unnoticed by our engineering education peers,” said Stamper, a 1985 mechanical engineering alumnus.

In recent years, the college has added the Branam and Kremer Innovation Centers to provide students with more opportunities for hands-on learning and working on group projects and competition teams, and added new academic majors in engineering design, data science and biomathematics to the curriculum. In fall 2021, Rose-Hulman will open a new state-of-the-art academic building, with design studios, chemistry laboratories, and workspaces for teams and individuals.

“Rose-Hulman is so nuanced and complex in how they’re able to support the student body, and the ranking puts a bow on all of that,” said Addison White, a junior mechanical engineering major and vice president of the Student Government Association. “It brings people in the door and shows how Rose treats education and student life vastly different from most colleges. It drew me to campus to come experience what that really meant; what being the No. 1 institute in the country feels like.”

Rose-Hulman’s Early Action deadline to apply for the 2021-22 school year is Nov. 1, 2020.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value added and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Six of the college’s professors are listed in the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at http://www.rose-hulman.edu.

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