Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Campus Description

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological university. The university offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences.

Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.

Students are encouraged to work in inter- and cross-disciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarlarly work from several departments or schools. The university provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus wide opportunities for leadership, communications, and creativity.

Enrollment Management, 110 8th St., Troy, NY 12180-3590

Branch campus in Hartford, CT also offers graduate programs for working professionals


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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate (also 5-year BS/MS)


Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, cross-country, diving, field hockey, ice hockey (NCAA Division I), lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track. Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, ice hockey (NCAA Division I), lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.

Intramural Sports: aerobics, badminton, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, gym hockey, ice hockey, racquetball, indoor and outdoor soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, Tai Chi, track and field, volleyball, wiffleball, wrestling, yoga.

Club Sports: aikido, archery, badminton, ballroom dancing, baseball, capoeira, cheerleading, crew, cycling, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, Isshrinyu Karate, judo, juggling & unicycling, kendo, lacrosse, Olympic tae kwon do, outing, paintball, racquetball, rifle, rugby, sailing, scuba, skiing, squash, swimming, Tae Kwon Do, table tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting.

Clubs and Activities

Clubs related to: Media (Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Radio Station); Performing and Visual Arts (Brass Quintet, Jazz Ensemble, RPI Players, Symphony Orchestra); Religious Organizations (BASIC, Hillel, Muslim Student Association); Service Organizations (Environmental Action, Student Volunteer Program); Special Interests (Amnesty International, Flying Club, Foreign Student Associations, Photography Club, Political Discussion Club); and Student Government (Athletics Board, Student Senate).

Featured Programs

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides students with learning and discovery across academic disciplines. The Rensselaer approach to education is distinguished by experimental study; research and entrepreneurial partnerships with faculty; opportunities to collaborate in teams; and a lively and intellectually engaging campus environment. Rensselaer is home to a variety of cutting-edge facilities that accommodate and advance research and learning initiatives. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies houses more than 400 Rensselaer researchers in biotechnology, informational technology, and related disciplines who work in functional tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, integrated systems biology, bioinformatics, biocatalysis, and metabolic engineering. The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is the among the world's most powerful university-based supercomputer. The CCNI is designed to continue advancing semiconductor technology to the nanoscale, while also enabling key innovations in the fields of computer science, energy, biotechnology, new materials, arts, and medicine. Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMP AC) opened in the fall of 2008, and provides a platform for exploration and learning at the nexus of research, technology, and the performing arts. The building houses a 1,200 seat concert hall, a 400 seat theater, flexible black box studio spaces, and production facilities to support visualization, simulation, and animation studies, as well as classical and experimental performances. To guarantee an optimal living and learning environment, Rensselaer has renovated residence halls and common areas, and created a variety of gathering spaces to promote student collaboration. Opened in 2009, the new East Campus Athletic Village further expands athletic opportunities for all students with a new stadium for football, soccer, and lacrosse, a new arena for basketball and indoor events, along with a fully equipped 4,800 square foot strength and conditioning center, numerous meeting spaces, a new Athletics Hall of Fame, a pro shop and a café.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 5,781 (Full-time: 3,984 men, 1,794 women; Part-time: 3 men, 0 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 1,109 (Full-time: 708 men, 312 women; Part-time: 64 men, 25 women)
94% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
72% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 610 – 720
SAT math range: 670 – 770
ACT range: 28 – 32
99% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
1% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American3%2%
% Asian10%4%
% Hispanic / Latino8%3%
% White, Non-Hispanic59%38%
% International / Nonresident Alien11%49%
% Two or more races7%2%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity2%2%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$49,341 per year, or $2,000 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$14,095 for freshmen (freshmen and sophomores required to live on campus unless living with family or legal guardian within a 50-mile radius)
Room Only:
Graduate Tuition & Fees:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall (class of 2020)- regular decision February 15, early decision I (binding) November 1, early decision II (binding) December 15
Transfer Applications:
fall- rolling, June 1 priority; spring- rolling, November 1 priority; summer- rolling, March 1 priority

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
November 1 for early decision priority filing deadline for CSS profile; February 1 for early decision & regular decision priority filing deadline for FAFSA and regular decision priority filing deadline for CSS profile
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:

Application Requirements

HS transcript; SAT or ACT; SAT Subject Tests in math and science for accelerated program applicants; essay; portfolio for architecture and electronic arts applicants. Best suited applicants will have completed 4 years of English, 4 years of mathematics through pre-calculus, 3 years of science, and 2 years of social studies and/or history.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academics; Alumni Affiliation; Art; Athletics; ROTC; Leadership; Minority Status; Music/Drama