TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Friday was move-in day for incoming freshmen attending Rose-Hulman this semester.

According to school officials, 575 first-year and transfer students arrived on campus for the start of the upcoming academic year. The school expects about 2,250 total students on campus for the 2023-2024 school year. Director of Media Relations at RHIT, the total number of students represents about a 3% increase over last year’s numbers.

“Rooted in our exceptional return on investment, personal attention from our world-class faculty and staff, and outstanding career prospects, the appeal of a Rose-Hulman education resonates both nationally and globally,” said President Robert A. Coons. “We received a record number of applications by Class of 2027 prospective students, which is a testament to this appeal, alongside the historic levels of interest in our visit and summer programs for high school students.”

The school is touting that incoming students represent 40 states and 19 different countries. 22% are reportedly first-generation attendees or Pell Grant recipients. And 29% come from demographic groups that have historically been underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

“In the face of persistent challenges to enroll our first-year class, including the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action, fewer high school graduates pursuing college educations, the lasting impact of COVID on student preparedness, and increasing cost consciousness by consumers, our ability to continue to grow is a testament to the quality of learning experience our students embrace,” said Tom Bear, PhD, Vice President of Enrollment Management.

For more information about what incoming students can expect during orientation, visit Rose-Hulman’s website here.