Rose-Hulman sees 17% increase in first-year students

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology started the 2021-22 academic year with a record 643 first-year students, a 17% increase from last year’s class.  

“We are thrilled to welcome these new students from all over the country and the world to enjoy our vibrant campus,” Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons said

This year’s freshmen class represents more than 520 high schools from 38 states and eight countries, including 73 students who were ranked in the top three of their high school class. Approximately 20% of the students are either first-generation attendees and/or Pell Grant recipients, and nearly 70% of the incoming Noblitt Scholars are female.

Coons noted that the record increase came despite COVID pandemic challenges.

“Over the last two years, we’ve totally re-engineered our enrollment management process,” he said. It’s always been data driven, but we’ve gotten a little more scientific with our processes. We’ve also broadened our recruiting network, with alumni and the campus community more actively involved in the process, and refined our marketing and outreach efforts. All of these adjustments have helped us succeed this year and have put us on a pathway for sustained enrollment success in the future.”   

The incoming students joined approximately 1,500 returning students for the first day of fall quarter classes Thursday. 

The in-person classes started with 89% of students and 86% of faculty and staff members having filed proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Unvaccinated students and employees must complete mandatory bi-weekly COVID-19 testing, under the institute’s “Rose Ready” health and safety protocols. The campus health services office continues to accept vaccination appointments.  

“Our attitude towards campus health aligns with our goals as a student body – to stand alongside each other. The campus vaccination rates reflect not only Rose-Hulman’s commitment to science, but also our community’s drive to protect one another,” Student Government Association President Addison White said.

White is a senior mechanical engineering major from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He pointed out that Rose-Hulman’s student leadership, through SGA, allocated funds last spring to promote, incentivize and educate the campus community about the COVID-19 vaccine and its benefits. 

The 2021-22 school year also marked the opening of the institute’s $29 million new academic building, with its 70,000 square feet of design studios and state-of-the-art chemistry, biochemistry and food science laboratories. There also are flexible classrooms and spaces for collaboration and innovation across many academic disciplines in this new facility.  

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