Rose-Hulman gets all-time best score to top national engineering school rankings

Thursday, September 13, 2012

TERRE HAUTE --- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's reputation as the nation's top undergraduate engineering college has been reaffirmed by America's engineering deans and senior faculty members, through an annual survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its 2013 college guidebook.

This marks the 14th consecutive year that Rose-Hulman has been rated first among colleges that offer the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering.

This year's 4.6 average ranking (out of 5.0) was Rose-Hulman's all-time best score in the survey, and ranked the college above prestigious institutions in California, New York City, Boston and the nation's military academies.

Among individual engineering programs, Rose-Hulman ranked No. 1 in five areas: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Biomedical engineering programs were ranked for the first time, and Rose-Hulman was No. 2 on that list.

"U.S. News & World Report's rankings are a wonderful endorsement of our high standards, the fine teaching and scholarship by our faculty, and the top quality of our students," President Robert A. Coons said.

This year's U.S. News & World Report rankings join The Princeton Review's Best 377 Colleges and the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 in recognizing Rose-Hulman's leadership role in undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education.

Rose-Hulman recently welcomed its largest and most diverse freshman class in history. In addition, the Class of 2012 should have a 99 percent placement rate by Nov. 1, six professors were selected for The Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors book as being among the best in their academic fields, and student interns and staff members at Rose-Hulman Ventures are creating life-saving medical devices and innovative products for corporate clients.

"It is an honor to be featured on this year's U.S. News & World Report list with some of the finest schools in the world. Yet, we don't need to see it in print to know we are a best-in-class institution with an eye on continuous improvement in the future. As such, we will be presenting our new strategic plan to our board of trustees next week," Coons continued.

Recent campus improvements have featured the upcoming dedication of the William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research; the opening of five state-of-the-art, high-technology classrooms in Myers Hall; and a new LEED-certified Lakeside residence hall.

"Clearly, we are an institution that's not resting on our past accomplishments. We're on the move and striving to provide a world-class science, engineering and mathematics education for our students," said Coons.

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