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School Sees Spike in Future Women Engineers

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says for the first time, it has received more than 4,000 freshman applications. The school also says there's an increase in women applicants. Rose-Hulman notes female enrollment has historically been at or slightly above the national average.

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January 24, 2011

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Stories abound about record applications to U.S. colleges and universities for the 2011-12 freshman class. This well-documented application frenzy has created an even more competitive environment for many of America’s elite institutions.

Then, it should be no surprise that interest in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is at an all-time high among prospective students, with the college receiving over 4,000 freshman applications for the first time. What is unusual is the tremendous increase in applications from women to this engineering, science and mathematics focused institution, according to Jim Goecker, vice president of enrollment management.

A 23 percent increase in applications from women would be cause for alarm at many campuses, where women already outnumber men nationally. This isn’t the case in engineering enrollments across the U.S., where only 18 percent of 2010 bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women.

“We are very excited about the prospect of more women interested in the engineering profession,” Goecker said. “Our women’s enrollment has historically been at or slightly above the national average. To have this sudden surge of applications from women is great for Rose-Hulman and the engineering profession.”

Goecker also noted that Rose-Hulman has experienced a 38 percent increase in freshman applications from international students. This built upon an increase of 35 percent for the current 2010-11 freshman class.

“Rose-Hulman is now recognized as a top-tier academic institution throughout the world,” Goecker said.

Founded in 1874 in Terre Haute, Rose-Hulman offers a rigorous, hands-on education that stresses development of technical and interpersonal skills in an environment characterized by close personal attention for every student. The college has an enrollment of 1,900 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 12 consecutive years, Rose-Hulman has been rated the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation that offers the bachelor's or master's degree as its top degree in engineering. The ranking is based on a national survey of deans and senior faculty conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its annual college guidebook. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu.

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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