Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


Let's be honest... if you're a high school student reading this, you're probably thinking that a small engineering school in Terre Haute can't be much more than a bunch of nerds. And you're right. We're nerds; nerds who win conference sports tournaments, nerds who place in national programming competitions, nerds who put on Phantom of the Opera-level theatrical productions, and nerds who turn the entire campus into a game of Humans vs. Zombies on a Friday night. So, whether you're the quiet kid who does his own thing or the quarterback of your school's football team: we've got something for you.


The students at rose are incredibly varied for being a tech school. There are jocks, plenty of geeks, and everyone is at least a little bit nerdy. We do have fraternities and sororities on campus but they are different from other greek systems in that they focus much more on building strong brother/sisterhoods and community service instead of partying. The students at rose are all very excited and enthusiastic about learning engineering / math/ science.


The stereotype at Rose is that the whole school consists of nerdy boys who are social inept. While the school is a majority male and I won't deny that we are all nerdy is some way, that's not the whole story. 60{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the campus is Greek. We have numerous fraternity parties on the weekends along with spontaneous activities like playing in the fountain, sledding on ARA trays and parties on the roof. We study hard put we also know how to play hard.


Everyone at Rose understands that we're all nerds, but that is one of the nicest things about the school. About 1/4 the Rose population are considered "shit ins", or the kids that you never see because they are on their computers all the time either studying or gaming... However, for the other 3/4 of the school there is a very social student body. Half of the students at Rose are Greek, being on one of 8 fraternities or 3 sororities. People often complain about how few girls there are on campus, with about a 79/21 male to girl ratio, but many students enjoy the camaraderie that ensues from having so many males. Other schools also play at RHIT standing for Rich Husbands In Training instead of they actual Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Student employment out of Rose is excellent with fairly well paying jobs.


We have a lot of nerdy types. Everyone is an individual. We all have our own quirky things that we love and do but it doesn't mean that we are inept like some might think. But yes, we do all love math and science. :)


The overwhelming stereotype of Rose is nerdy - and to a certain degree, it's true. If you're looking for a crazy party school, don't bother applying. As a strictly math/science/engineering university, Rose-Hulman is very academically rigorous and all of the students work hard, but they know how to have fun too. Aside from the strong Greek community & residence hall life, students make their own fun on weeknights and go out on weekends.


The overall stereotype of our school is that the students are all nerds. Although this is partially true for some people (the occasional person who plays video games all day), it is more that the people here love to learn, and are excited by the things they learn.


The common stereotype of Rose Students is that they are hard to interact with socially and are into things like video games, studying, and programming. The stereotype fits a small minority of students, but the majority of students are very involved with campus activities and organizations. Rose students are hard-working and well-rounded people. Almost everyone plays intramural sports. There are a ton of student groups and clubs that you can get involved with and they do a good job of promoting them so that you are informed. I play a varsity sport, have a job, have a show on the campus radio station, actively participate in several clubs, and live in a fraternity house, and still find the time to do my classwork


The stereotype of students at our school is that we study all the time and have no social lives. This stereotype is not very accurate. Yes, Rose students know when they need to study and get work done, but we also learn how to time manage and have social lives. Many students are very involved in on campus activities, such as Greek life, varsity athletics, and technical clubs. This is were we find our closest friends and create our social lives for our college days.