Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says the 20th anniversary of co-education at the school is being marked by a record number of female students this year.
Rose-Hulman says this year's incoming freshman class has 133 female students, which is a school record and represents one-quarter of the class.
Vice President For Enrollment Management and Strategic communications James Goecker says the school is increasing diversity in its student body, "with 30 percent of the 2015-16 freshman class of 547 being non-Caucasian, non-American citizen."
Goecker says the school’s engineering program is strong.
“The reality is, they’re trained as problem solvers, so we see them going into virtually every industry in the world, not just in the normal paths, and even in other professions,” Goecker says. “Our graduates go on to law school, do patent law, they become doctors…”
In the 1995-1996 academic year, there were 80 women in the incoming group, making up 17 percent of the class.
“Rose was all male up until 20 years ago, so of course we’re celebrating that milestone but to have the record number, I think, is a nice indication of how far we’ve come over those years,” Goecker says.