Rose Hulman

I have been admitted to Rose Hulman for BS computer science. How id the course structure there and how is this univercity rated ?

What do you mean by “how is the course structure”? You can look at their website to find the courses offered and the sequences for each major.

Regarding ranking, RH is highly regarded, especially in the Midwest. It is in a fairly rural part of the country, which limits their enrollment at a national level a bit. But it is considered an excellent technology college.

A lot of excellent students go to RH. It’s a very small school with a tight knit group of students. If you haven’t visited, to me this is a must. They most likely have a student Facebook group or the like also. One of the only gripes I have heard is that they might teach some courses out of sequence (not really sure what that means honestly) so after first year if you want to transfer out, it becomes hard to do so. Also make sure any money you will be given is renewable all 4 years due to the expense of the school.

I hope I get a good scholarship here also to consider it over UMass and Drexel

Did you get scholarship and accept the offer?

@Pwaitlisted. Not sure who you are referencing but my son decided to go to University of Michigan for engineering. He got a half scholarship from Rose Hulman.

@Knowsstuff Congratulations!
@shreyubabel … did you accept any offer?

Appreciate you providing some of the perceptions that are out there @Knowsstuff. The gripe about out of sequence coursework and difficulty transferring is based on assumptions that aren’t actually experienced by our students. With full ABET and other accreditation, we must teach in the same sequence as any other top program. And transferring is the same here as any other accredited program as well. That said, 85% of our students who begin at Rose-Hulman graduate from here so transferring isn’t pursued by many students.

Thanks for clearing that misperception up. RH is a great school and I recommend many students to take a look.

The reason it’s hard to transfer is that Rose Hulman is on the quarter system and most other colleges are on semesters. So you get 2/3 the credit for the quarter course when you transfer to semester. Which means you will likely need to repeat or test out of quite a few courses at the school you transfer to. For example, if you need a semester of chemistry as a gateway requirement for an engineering school, and you took a quarter, that won’t be enough. Same with physics, math, etc. Physics 1, 2, and 3 at RHIT is Physics 1 and 2 at a semester school. It’s not a straight transfer of credits like you would normally have going from semester school to semester school.

That is a common misconception, explorer16.

Using your Physics example and a nearby Big 10 Program as a comparison. Our Physics 1 is “Mechanics” and Physics 2 is “Electricity and Magnetism”. The required sequence at the Big 10 Program for first year students is the two course sequence: “Modern Mechanics” as well as “Electric And Magnetic Interactions”. So two-thirds of the year of study in Physics equals an entire year at a Big 10 Program. So why the third course in Physics the first year at Rose-Hulman? We require the full course in “Optics” as well the first year.

While the terms are shorter at Rose-Hulman, our students are attending a given class at least four times per week as opposed to the two or three times at a semester-based institution. So we are covering the same material in our 10 week (plus a week of finals) quarter that elsewhere is covered in a 15 week (plus a week of finals) semester. That is actually the biggest adjustment first year students need to make–the sheer pace of the learning that is required.

And as a result, transfer credit should be very straightforward when the student provides the syllabi for any courses taken in addition to sending the raw transcript showing the outcomes in those courses.

Thanks RHIT Admissions. I’m relating real life experience here with both physics and chemistry. If it’s a misconception, can you share your knowledge of experiences of other students transferring?

As you mention, Purdue requires only two semesters of physics for most majors, so it makes sense that RHIT physics 1, 2, and 3 would suffice for physics 1 and 2. But some colleges require 3 semesters and at those schools an additional semester is required. A year = a year. No problem.
The problem comes with single quarter courses at RHIT like general chem at the freshman level, and other courses at higher levels. Purdue accepts chem for 2/3 general chem at Purdue. That means you either need to test out or repeat. 4 credits for a quarter (40 hours) doesn’t = 3 credits for a semester (45 hours). For which schools have you seen that it is a “straightforward transfer process” where RHIT covers in a quarter what is covered elsewhere in a semester?

Finally, not to be too argumentative, but …you mentioned that physics 3 is optics.

As you can see from the RHIT course description for physics 3, it is a little bit of optics and a continuation of E and M from physics 2. That’s not the same as a quarter of optics.

Credit Hours: 3.5R-1.5L-4C
Sources of magnetic fields, Faraday’s law, inductance electromagnetic waves, reflection and polarization, geometric and physical optics, introduction to relativity, relevant laboratory experiments.

I’m not trying to say you’re wrong, after all, you are admissions! But by being admissions, I imagine you have evidence to back up why you think the transfer issue is a misconception.