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Tuition & Fees

$50,797

$50,797

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
32%
600-699
48%
500-599
19%
400-499
1%
700-800
64%
600-699
33%
500-599
3%
30-36
56%
24-29
41%
18-23
3%
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undergraduateRatios

69%

31%

male

female

1
15

teacher

students

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Selective

41%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,432
Declined + 10,320
Total Received 17,752
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Private (nonprofit)

5,864

undergraduate students

1,249

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Engineering
  2. Computer Science
  3. Business/management
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Codes

SAT 2757
ACT 2866

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Fun Facts

  • A slightly morbid tradition started in 1865 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute saw elaborate staged memorial services called Calculus Cremations to celebrate the end of dreaded calculus class.

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School Facts

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is a private, technical institution. Programs are offered through the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities Arts & Social Sciences, Management, and Science. Its 260-acre campus is located in Troy, 15 miles from Albany.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 7,113
Established in 1824
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)

Troy, NY

295-acre campus in Troy (population: 50,129), 15 miles from both Albany and Schenectady and 150 miles from New York City; branch campus in Hartford. Air and bus serve Albany; train serves Rensselaer (10 miles). School operates transportation to area locations and to downtown Albany and Troy. Public transportation serves campus.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
57%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
29 fraternities 30% of male students
 
5 sororities 16% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
72%
Top 1/4
94%
Top 1/2
99%
Bottom 1/2
1%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
32%
600-699
48%
500-599
19%
400-499
1%
700-800
64%
600-699
33%
500-599
3%
30-36
56%
24-29
41%
18-23
3%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

41%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,432
Declined + 10,320
Total Received 17,752

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Jonathan David Wexler
Vice President, Enrollment Management
P: 518 276-6216
F: 518 276-4072
admissions@rpi.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $12,301,448
State $1,867,556
Institutional $94,152,118
Other external $2,498,329
Total $110,819,451

Non-need-based

Federal $1,366,828
State $254,667
Institutional $31,384,039
Other external $924,040
Total $33,929,574

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
cycling
diving
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
ECAC (Division I for hockey), Liberty League (Division III)
Mascot
Engineers, Redhawks
School colors
cherry and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Aeronautical Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Applied Science
Architectural Science
Architectural Sciences
Architecture
Astronomy
Biochemistry/Biophysics
Bioinformatics/Molecular Biology
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Building Conservation
Building Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Cognitive Science
Cognitive Sciences
Communication
Communication/Rhetoric
Computer Science
Computer/Systems Engineering
Decision Sciences/Engineering Systems
Ecological Economics
Ecological Economics/Values/Policy
Economics
Electric Power Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electronic Arts
Electronic Media/Arts/Communication
Engineering Physics
Engineering Principles/Technology Education
Engineering Science
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Management/Policy
Environmental Science
Game Studies
Geology
Hydrogeology
Industrial/Management Engineering
Informatics/Architecture
Information Technology
Interdisciplinary Science
Lighting
Management
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanics
Multidisciplinary Science
Natural Sciences
Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineering/Science
Operations Research/Statistics
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Science/Technology Studies
Science/Technology/Society
Sustainability Studies
Technical Communications
Transportation Engineering
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Undergraduate

82%

5,864
students

Female
31%
1,829

Male
69%
4,035

Graduate

18%

1,249
students

Female
30%
377

Male
70%
872

undergraduateFull-time

99%

5,845
students

Female
32%
1,824

Male
68%
4,021

undergraduatePart-time

1%

19
students

Female
27%
5

Male
73%
14

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
58%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

56%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Recommended of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 41
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Malaysia
South Korea
Taiwan
Thailand
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Nicholas J. Rosato
Associate Director, Undergrad
518 276-3097
rosatn@rpi.edu

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