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| I am a biomedical engineering major. I just finished sophomore year at Rose and it was the hardest thing I've ever done. However, I didn't go through it alone. The professors are so easy to talk to, and are willing to help you out with anything, as long as you ask. Also, being surrounded by fellow engineers who are all going through the same thing as you helps a lot. Looking back, I am amazed at how much I've learned. |
|Jul 13 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
|Not so bright|
| Alright my experience at Rose was probably a bit different than most. I've heard many complaints about the lack of social life in Terre Haute, which ultimately I think is going to be true to some extent of any scholastic culture like law, medicine, and engineering which just plain takes up a lot of time. I remember weekends going from 2 double headers on the weekend playing baseball and realizing that I had 5 hours of a lab to finish or preparing for an exam. Plain and simple, it was VERY hard, especially that initial adjustment for those who are good students in high school, who work reasonably hard, but haven't really turned on the afterburners yet.|
Anyways, yes, Terre Haute leaves much to be desired. It's kind of a backwards town especially if you're from a larger city like Indy or Chicago. For many of the smalltowners at RHIT, Terre Haute was probably an upgrade, though.
I would complain a bit about the lack of diversity at Rose, but I would never advocate making diversity a priority in terms of the student body. It's more important to have exceptionally gifted students first.
I am about 3 years out of school now and after having worked with engineers at many other schools I do believe the experience there was very beneficial and there's good reason Rose engineers have great reputation in industry.Engineering is a great background for entry into a great deal of fields including law, business, management, medicine, etc. Rose-Hulman is a great cornerstone and starting place for these careers. After getting my EE there I am considering business school and law school and managing 7 people in a design team only 3 years out of school! Never could have done it without my background at RHIT. I find myself wishing I was able to work with other people from there in industry now, as I believe some of the things that people don't mention are the intimacy of smaller classes and design focus really trains us to be kinder, better communicators, and better public speakers.
|May 08 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| Granted I am bit of a nerd but, I really enjoyed my time at Rose. I loved how everyone was intelligent and capable of having an interesting discussion. I suppose that is what I miss most of now that I have graduated and left the Rose bubble. The profs are amazing particularly in the Chemical Engineering department. They are always available to help you understand anything you were unable to figure out and are generally not stuck up or anything despite the vast majority of them being razor sharp. Sure you have to work hard, but if you want to be an engineer, that is to be expected. That being said, you will find time for some extracurricular activities. If you fail to do so, I suspect you might go crazy under what is at times a crushing work load. |
The best advice I can give for someone who wants to go to Rose, is to work hard, make time to relax, and sleep when you can. Also, I really would not recommend that you go to Rose if you are going to have to take on a huge amount of debt since tuition is very high and a $100k debt is easily possible. The days when any Rose grad with an ok GPA (>2.0) would have multiple offers before they leave school are over (at least until the economy recovers). So, try very hard from the beginning to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA as many companies will not look at a new grad with a GPA lower than that. But,if you manage to keep a 3.0 you can expect a starting salary somewhere in the mid 50k region (assuming you study engineering), though it may take away in a down economy.
Other than the workload which is manageable. The biggest negative is Terre Haute.It's a miserable smelly (though many of the plants have shut down recently so it doesn't smell as bad as it used to) town with very little to do. There are several nice little restaurants in the Haute so town is not a total loss. Also, if you want to major in Chemistry, Physics, or want to do research, Rose's research is a bit limited so I would recommend you go elsewhere. Likewise, if you want a PhD, you may be better off going to a school like MIT or CalTech in the first place as they are much more PhD and research focused. But, if you want to be an excellent engineer, I suggest you look no farther than Rose-Hulman.
|Jan 27 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |