The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) was established in 1874 in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. The school, originally called the Terre Haute School of Industrial Science, was established by railroad magnate Chauncey Rose and others to train engineers to construct Indiana’s railroads. As building work began on the new school its name was changed to Rose Polytechnic Institute. The original campus had only one building and no residential, sports or leisure facilities. Classes began in 1883 offering students the choice of mechanical engineering, civil engineering or chemistry. The institute moved to a new campus with student dorms in 1917 and in 1971 it was given its current name to reflect the support of the Hulman family and the following years were a period of growth for the university. RHIT became coeducational in 1991.
Today RHIT continues to specialise in mathematics, science and engineering although the curriculum, campus and student body have all grown since its early days. RHIT has around 2,000 students studying over 20 undergraduate programs and around 10 graduate programs all offering advanced, technical training focused mainly around STEM subjects. The institute’s academic programs are organised into 13 departments covering a wide range of subjects from humanities and social sciences to biomedical engineering and computer science and software.
The university campus covers 200 acres of wooded lawns dotted with residential halls, academic buildings and sports fields. There is also an on campus bookstore and games room as well as the sports and recreation centre and Cook Stadium. The campus boasts its own observatory and the dormitories cluster around the campus lake.