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Rate the dorms at RHIT!

dkodko Registered User Posts: 391 Member
How are they? are people spending more time in their dorms? how about the athletic facility? do student often go out to Terre Haute town or do they just stay most of the time on campus?
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  • civegncivegn Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    I visited RHIT and spent a night in Speed Hall. Its a 3-story building, two people in each room, and a bathroom or 2 for the entire floor. Its one of the older dorms I think. Students spend a lot of time in the dorms, mostly playing video games and just hanging out. The athletic facility is AWESOME. There's a large pool, nice raquetball courts, lots of basketball courts, etc. There's not much to do in Terre Haute so students spend their time on campus-where there's intramural sports and other social events.
  • JohnWillkinsJohnWillkins Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    I haven't lived in any other dorms (though I have spent time a skeevy apartment), but the Rose dorms seem reasonably nice. I've only lived in the smaller halls so I don't know about massive bathrooms for those in Demming or something, but they're fine. Water pressure/temperature can be a bit... off. You get used to it though. And overall they have about as much room as any dorm I would expect.

    People spend a lot of time in their rooms or rooms of friends, going to IM's, and whatever clubs they join. There are things to do off campus, but not much. I don't play games and still manage to find a place to waste time away without much trouble.

    The athletic facilities are nice, but I think they could use some new equipment overall. Generally there isn't a problem with cardio equipment being full, and you can have access to most things you'd want for both cardio and weight room equipment. I just think they could update the weight room equipment a little, but I studied abroad and had access to a glorious gym for a school of 30k, so perhaps I am asking a bit much.
  • dkodko Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    Are these comment dated or you think the observations are still correct? I mean do you think there is any sort of improvement?
  • chi62chi62 Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    I'm gonna be in BSB. I've never actually visited the place, so could someone tell me what's it's like?
  • Nick123Nick123 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    I would expect they will get a few new things in the weight room this year, but other than that I doubt too much will change in the next year or two. BSB is very similar to the other freshman residence halls. The rooms are about the same size or a little larger than the average room at other schools, and almost all are doubles. Each comes with two beds that can be bunked, a dresser, two wardrobes, two desks, two chairs, two bookshelves (built in in BSB, movable in other halls), and a mini fridge.

    Most of the discussion on these forums is about freshman dorms, but remember you will only be living there for 1/4 of your time at the school. Percopo, the sophomore hall consists of suites with two rooms for two students each that share a bathroom. These rooms are considerably larger and also have high ceilings (10' 6"). Percopo also has two student tutors living on each floor that specialize in the sophomore classes. For juniors and seniors the Apartments residence hall and Skinner hall offer apartments for four students. Each one has two bedrooms for two students each, a bathroom, kitchen, and living area. Percopo and the apartments are both less than 10 years old and are very nice compared with most college housing I've seen. There are too many details to list here, but let me know if you have any questions about housing or recreation (or anything else).
  • VegasMomVegasMom Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    What is the best dorm for a freshman Nick123? are you also current Rose student? also, do they ever allow freshman to live in the apartment style residences? do they have a pool in gym? I know-- so many questions !!! any info appreciated :-)
  • Nick123Nick123 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    VegasMom, yes I am a current student. I'll be a junior mechanical engineering major this year. It's hard to answer which is the best residence hall for freshman. I'm partial to my freshman hall, Speed Hall, which has a reputation for having more social students, and it also generally has a lot of athletes. Deming and BSB are both really close to the academic buildings and cafeteria. BSB and at least one of the triplets (Sharpenburg, Blumberg, and Mees) are coed by floor and have air conditioning. All of that said, the rooms are all pretty comparable in size and amenities, and most students would recommend their freshman hall as the hall to choose. Preference for the apartments goes by class, so seniors get first choice, then juniors, etc. and as far as I know they always fill up with juniors and senior. The SRC (Sports and Recreation Center) does have a pool, four indoor courts that can be used for basketball, indoor soccer, tennis, or volleyball, two racquetball courts, a weight room, cardio equipment, a multipurpose room, and locker rooms for student use. When the basketball and volleyball teams aren't using it, students can also use the arena basketball courts.
  • VegasMomVegasMom Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Thanks Nick! So, tell me more about the quality of education. Do you really feel you are getting the most bang for the buck?
  • Salve!Salve! Registered User Posts: 1,551 Senior Member
    Nick123, this is very off-topic, but I figure you would be able to help me since you are a student. So I have been looking into RHIT greatly because I think it is a great school (I am a rising senior in high school). I was wondering, is it really as expensive to go there as it seems? I come from a regular middle-class family and I have a brother who just entered IIT as an undergrad and my parents are trying to pay for his schooling. I would love to be able to go to RHIT as a chemical engineering major, but money-wise it just doesn't seem like an option. My parents agreed to pay for half of wherever I want to go as long as it is reasonable, but almost 40k a year is not possible for my family (I also have a brother [also at IIT] and a sister [at UIUC] in grad school). What can I do? Should I just look for scholarships and see how much I can come up with? or is RHIT actually not as expensive as people make it out to be?

    Thank you greatly for any help!
  • Nick123Nick123 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    Salve, the cost is a big concern for a lot of students looking at Rose. Here are a few things to keep in mind. First, Rose's stated cost includes everything (tuition, room, board, book, laptop, and spending money), while a lot of other schools do not include all of those things. From my experience the stated cost is kind of a maximum cost, I've never spent nearly as much as they allow for books and spending. Another thing is that with Rose's excellent job placement rate and career services office, you don't need to worry too much about being able to pay off debt after you graduate. I'd definitely recommend looking for scholarships from places like fastweb.com, organizations in your community, and maybe even the companies your family works for. Of course when the time comes around in the winter you should submit a FAFSA so you'll be eligible for financial aid from Rose. Since you have siblings in college, they will take that into account when figuring financial aid. I have several friends that were in a similar situation and decided to come to Rose, and so far they're all glad they did. I'd recommend that you at least keep Rose on your list and see what scholarships and financial aid you get, and hopefully it will all work out.
  • Salve!Salve! Registered User Posts: 1,551 Senior Member
    ^^Thank you Nick123! I will definitely keep Rose on my list (especially because it is probably #1 right now). I will surely be looking into scholarships and such to pay for it, and you are right about how most colleges don't give all of the fees in the total amount. I am positive the place my dad works has a scholarship too. As you probably have seen I live in Illinois, so Rose is only about 2-3 hours away.

    I will hopefully be visiting in the very near future.
  • Nick123Nick123 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    Sorry VegasMom, I just now saw your post. At Rose every class is taught by a professor and almost every prof has a PhD. Also, since Rose doesn't focus on research, the professors are here because they love to teach rather than as a side job to doing research. I also like that Rose has a very non-competitive, friendly atmosphere so I feel comfortable asking almost anyone for help. Last year I worked on most of my homework with people on my floor and also went to talk to professors about many assignments. If you look at the curriculum, the classes are pretty similar to any other engineering program, but I think the attitude and atmosphere here make a big difference in how much you learn.
  • VegasMomVegasMom Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    No worries Nick123- just got back on today myself :-) We are leaving on WED for Rose!! My S will be living in Deming Halll and just got word of his roomate assignment. We are very excited and I think my S will fit in very good with Rose. I think the atmosphere will be much better than a school with 19,000 kids on campus and everyone worrying about money problems and class cuts. The other school we were slated to go to is sending out emails telling engineering students to take certain classes NOW because next spring or winter they will NOT be offered!! That made our choice even easier!
    take care and maybe we'll run into you during orientation weekend !! LOL
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