Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, located in western Indiana, is a cozy private college home to about 2,100 students who major in engineering, science or mathematics.

Rose-Hulman is especially well known for its engineering programs, including chemical, civil, computer, mechanical and electrical engineering. With an emphasis on hands-on training, it reports an average class size of 20 students, and they can expect plenty of personalized attention, with one faculty member for every 10 students. The school claims a 99% job placement rate for its graduates. Students typically boast early career earnings of $97,000.

The city of Terre Haute, where Rose-Hulman is located, is also home to Indiana State University. The college town is located about 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

The aptly named Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers, comprising 20 varsity teams, compete at the NCAA Division III level. In the summer, the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts use the college’s state-of-the-art recreation center as a training camp.