Tuition & Fees

$53,880

$53,880

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
43%
600-699
47%
500-599
10%
700-800
69%
600-699
28%
500-599
3%
30-36
53%
24-29
43%
18-23
4%
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undergraduateRatios

68%

male

32%

female

1

teacher

13

students

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Selective

43%

acceptance rate

Accepted 8,420
Declined + 11,085
Total Received 19,505
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Private (nonprofit)

6,366

undergraduate students

1,267

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

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Location

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 7,633
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: 49,702), 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

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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
63%
Top 1/4
91%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
43%
600-699
47%
500-599
10%
700-800
69%
600-699
28%
500-599
3%
30-36
53%
24-29
43%
18-23
4%

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

43%

acceptance rate

Accepted 8,420
Declined + 11,085
Total Received 19,505

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 of Enrollment Management
P: 518 276-6216
F: 518 276-4072
admissions@rpi.edu

Financial Aid

80%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$40,405

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $52,550
Room & board $15,260
Additional fees $1,330
Books & supplies $2,858
Total $71,998
Average Financial Aid - $40,405
Total with Avg. Aid $31,593
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Financial Aid Office

P: 518 276-6813
F: 518 276-4797

Financial Aid Officer

Larry Chambers
Director of Financial Aid
financial_aid@rpi.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Aerobics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Golf, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Non-Tackle. Soccer (indoor/outdoor), Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Water Polo, Walleyball, Wiffle Ball

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Athletic Directors

Lee A. Mcelroy (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Karen M. Hansen (women's)
Associate Athletic Director/swa
email

Athletic Facts

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

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
Business Administration/Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Cognitive Science
Cognitive Sciences
Communication
Communication/Rhetoric
Computer Science
Computer/Systems Engineering
Decision Sciences/Engineering Systems
Digital Communication/Media/Multimedia
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
Financial Mathematics
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
Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences
Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineering/Science
Operations Research/Statistics
Philosophy
Physics
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology
Science/Technology Studies
Science/Technology/Society
Social Sciences
Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Statistics
Sustainability Studies
Technical Communications
Transportation Engineering
Visual/Performing Arts
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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies
  • Other

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine

7,633

total students

33%

in-state

67%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

83%

6,366
students

Female
32%
2,041

Male
68%
4,325

17%

1,267
students

Female
31%
391

Male
69%
876

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

99%

6,340
students

Female
33%
2,031

Male
67%
4,309

1%

26
students

Female
39%
10

Male
61%
16

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Student Break-down

14%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Hispanic/Latino
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
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

49%

Transfer applicants accepted

48%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required 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 Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

64

semester hours

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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

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

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
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International Students

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

International Student Contact

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

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Lists & Rankings

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