Students Say

As the nation’s oldest technological university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York has a rightfully deserved reputation in the science and engineering world, having led tens of thousands of bright minds to look at “innovation and the future.” “Research opportunities” and facilities are everywhere, and students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools. When their four years are complete, students are encouraged to take what they learn and use it for the greater good. “Why not change the world?” asks a student.

Overview

Applicants
18,602
Acceptance Rate
38%
Average HS GPA
3.77

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 720
SAT Math
680 - 770
ACT Composite
27 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
December 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

As the nation’s oldest technological university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York has a rightfully deserved reputation in the science and engineering world, having led tens of thousands of bright minds to look at “innovation and the future.” “Research opportunities” and facilities are everywhere, and students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools. When their four years are complete, students are encouraged to take what they learn and use it for the greater good. “Why not change the world?” asks a student.

The professors at RPI are “passionate about teaching,” “very accessible, and really there for the students.” Though there are certainly some “dull” professors (“I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly!” says one student), most find that the faculty is praiseworthy and “serve as great mentors for students.” “My professors in my direct major are extremely hands-on and discussion-based,” says a student. Thanks to the “focus on problem-solving,” professors are always looking to get students involved in projects, and one of “the greatest strengths of [the] school is the resources that they offer.” On top of that, the “welcoming overall community” fosters success, as “students are not extremely competitive and everyone tends to help each other out.”

The school is “rigorous,” but the students “do find time to enjoy the downtime when we get it.” RPI “is a place where nerds can get both an excellent education and an enjoyable four years,” according to one student. The student union is entirely student-run, giving students “a lot of freedom to control our educational experience.” Many of the student clubs both “suit your interests and work toward your professional career after college.” All in all, “community and knowledge drive this school to push students to excel in school and after graduation.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
497
with Terminal Degree
437

371
Men
139
Minority
126
Women
29
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


George W. G. Ferris
Inventor of the Ferris Wheel

Claire Fraser-Liggett
President of the Institute for Genomic Research

Marcian Hoff
Father of the microprocessor

George M. Low
NASA Administrator, headed Apollo Program

Raymond Tomlinson
The inventor of email in 1971.

Curtis R. Priem
Founded NVIDIA, designed 1st PC graphics processor

Adam Oates
15th leading scorer in NHL history

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Tuition runs a hefty $46,700, with an additional $13,620 needed for room and board. With fees and supplies added in the average cost of attendance is $64,194, but the vast majority of students receive aid so as not to pay the sticker price. The average freshman need-based scholarship award is $30,108, and the average student graduates with a debt of $32,000.

Bang For Your Buck

Ninety-three percent of Rensselaer students receive need-based financial aid, and the school meets an average of 77 percent of need. The school offers numerous merit-based scholarships and grants, most prominently the Rensselaer Leadership Award for academic and personal achievements, and the Rensselaer Medal, which offers a minimum of $15,000 per year to students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. A relatively large number of RPI students receive the Rensselaer Medal (13 percent of the most recently admitted class). International students are eligible to receive financial aid.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,205

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,527

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,610

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$41,814

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,529

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,700
Required Fees
$1,208
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,670

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Gates Millennium Scholarship, ACG, Smart Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Everyone here is pretty much without a doubt “a little bit nerdy, but friendly and helpful.” This tinge of nerdiness in everyone “brings the students together and makes it a fun environment with little to no discrimination.” “The typical student at my school is studious, but also social in their own way,” explains a student. There is a whole spectrum of social students, which ranges “from socializing with a select few to the person that is a social butterfly,” but no matter which path you choose, “people don’t judge at RPI.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,618
Out of State
67%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

31% female
69% male
67% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Everyone agrees that RPI is just the right size: “The kind of size where you don’t know everybody but you see ten people you know as you walk across campus (and it only takes ten minutes to walk across campus).” People at RPI “don’t care how weird or different you are, they let you be.” “You can be anyone you want— the kid sword-fighting with his friends in quad or an avid musician who has a 4.0,” says a student. Most students do have a “nerdy” side to them, and they inherently love math/science—“Even the humanities at RPI are laced with the sweet smell of science,” and “Physics equation graffiti” can be found on some walls.

Academics are definitely an important priority here, but “extracurricular activities are balanced alongside the classes, labs, homework, and studying.” There are hundreds of clubs on campus (such as Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Model Railroad Society, which does model railroading of upstate New York and Vermont all circa the earlyto mid-1950s), and “most people are involved in several.” There are always campus events that students can attend, which range from “athletic events and cultural programs to student ensemble concerts and open mic shows.” Downtown Troy has some “quaint cafes and places to explore,” Albany has shopping malls, parks, and movie theaters, and a ski trip to Lake Placid is easily accomplished. “There is so much to do around here—you’ll never be bored if you take the time to explore.” Men’s hockey games are a large part of student life here, and “Greek life accounts for about one-fourth of the undergraduate student body and is a great leadership experience and a large contributor to the social scene.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
205
Number of Honor Societies
40

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
11

30% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Engineers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Engineers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
75

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
88

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
130

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
RPI has a special arrangement with Lenovo for high end ThinkPads. See http://www.rpi.edu/laptops for details

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carol-Ann Casey
Campus Visit & Ambassador Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone
5182766216

Email
caseyc@rpi.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rensselaer Union
Mueller Fitness Center
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Ctr
Houston Field House (hockey arena)
ECAV
Quiet and parklike, yet full of all the conveniences of a self-contained city, Rensselaer's 275-acre campus is a blend of modern style and classic charm. The Institute is in a period of tremendous growth, building new facilities that greatly enhance the lives of our students and faculty.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Mountains for hiking, skiing, camping
Lake George for water sports
Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Troy Music Hall
Albany-Troy Metro Area
Berkshires (MA)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri,Info session at 9 AM;tour 10AM
M-F 8:30-5:00pm;Saturday 10AM March-Nov only
5182766216

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9am & 1pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
caseyc@rpi.edu

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@rpi.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany International Airport is 10 minutes from campus. Rail service is available from the new Albany-Rensselaer train station to New York City and other major metropolitan areas. Convenient ground transportation services include taxis, bus lines, and rental cars.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From north, east, south, or west, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is easy to reach. We are centrally located near the major highways in New York State. From the North: Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, south to Exit 7 east. Get on Route 7 headed eastbound. Follow directions to campus (below). From the South: Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, north to exit 23. At exit 23, get on I-787 north to Route 7 East, Exit 9E. Disregard the sign for Rensselaer and Russell Sage College at the previous exit. Exit 9E, Route 7 east, provides an easier approach to campus. Follow directions to campus (below). From the East: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), to exit B1. Continue west (13.5 miles) to I-787 north to Route 7 east, exit 9E. Disregard the sign for Rensselaer and Russell Sage College at the previous exit. Exit 9E, Route 7 east, provides an easier approach to campus. Follow directions to campus (below). From the West: Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to exit 24. From exit 24, take I-87 north, exit 1N, to exit 7 east. Follow directions to campus (below). Directions to Campus: Cross the Collar City Bridge and follow signs for Route 7, Hoosick Street. At the 4th traffic light, turn right onto 15th Street. You will know you're at Rensselaer when you see the large RENSSELAER sign in granite at the intersection of 15th Street and Sage Avenue. Make a left at the third traffic light onto Sage Avenue. The Admissions Building will be directly in front of you. Bear to the left of the building onto Eaton Road. The parking lot will be on your right, directly behind the Admissions Building.

Local Accommodations
The following hotels are located within a short drive from campus: Franklin Plaza Inn and Suites (1 Fourth Street, Troy, NY, 518-274-8800) The Albany Marriot (189 Wolf Road; 518-458-8444), Best Western-Albany Airport (200 Wolf Road; 518-458-1016), Clarion Suites (611 Troy-Schenectady Road; 518-785-5891), Days Inn (16 Wolf Road; 518-459-3600), The Desmond (660 Albany-Shaker Road; 518-869-8100), Hampton Inn-Latham (981 New London Road; 518-785-0000), Hampton Inn-Wolf Road (10 Ulenski Drive; 518-438-2822), Holiday Inn Express (946 New London Road; 518-783-6161), The Inn at the Century (997 New London Road; 518-785-0931), Microtel-Colonie (7 Rensselaer Avenue; 800-782-9121).