Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Troy, NY

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Essentials

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Essentials
Region: Northeast
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascots: Engineers, Redhawks
Nickname: RPI
Website: www.rpi.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $44,475
Out-of-State Tuition: $44,475
Retention Rate: 94%
Enrollment: 6,698
Year Established: 1824

About RPI

If you want a curriculum that challenges you academically while combining cutting-edge research and technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is worth a look.

RPI is one of the country’s oldest technological universities. It has comprehensive undergraduate and graduate-level educational programs that incorporate science and technology with multiple disciplines.

Some of the majors offered include:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology
  • Computer and Systems Engineering
  • Design, Innovation, and Society
  • Environmental Science
  • Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies

It also has accelerated academic offerings, such as Business Administration, Management-Law or Physician-Scientist.

Research is the foundation of RPI. Its programs are renowned for advances in economic development, environmental protection, and human health.

The institute is focused on five research areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computation and Information Technology
  • Experimental Media and the Arts
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Nanotechnology

For admissions, the school considers standardized test scores and the level of difficulty of courses taken. RPI looks at other factors as well, such as the personal essay. There is an application fee to apply.

Merit and need-based sources of financial aid are available to those who need and qualify for them. Financial aid, in combination with flexible tuition payment plans, can help students pay for college.

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RPI Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 2 Reviews

50% of students gave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating

In the School of Engineering, the was very rigorous and thorough for the first two years with a concentration in core disciplines and then there are options for focused multidisciplinary studies. State of the Art facilities and most faculty are leaders in their respective fields especially regarding emerging technologies. I enjoyed the work/life/study balance and the friendships and relationships with faculty. In just over 30 minutes you could be in The Adirondacks, The Green Mountains of Vermont, The Berkshires in Massachusetts, Saratoga Springs, downtown Schenectady and of course the capital of New York State, Albany.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

Nerdy vibe, an outstanding education with a lot of cool professors, great outdoor/winter activities in upstate NY If I had to describe the "vibe" of this school in one word, it would be "nerdy". It's well-understood around campus and everyone kind of jokes about it. It's definitely a great place to be if you're a geek in any way and proud of it. Whether it's engineering, math, computer programming, games, comics, sci-fi electronic music arts, etc...this place has got it. If you hate most of these kinds of things...you probably won't be happy there. As you can imagine, it's also not the MOST social school on the planet...but as with any school, there's always something going on if you want to get out.


RPI Map & Location

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180


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Getting Around RPI

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Troy, NY

Winter
Dec
37
22
Jan
32
14
Feb
36
17
Spring
Mar
45
25
Apr
59
37
May
71
48
Summer
Jun
79
58
Jul
84
63
Aug
82
61
Fall
Sep
74
52
Oct
62
41
Nov
50
32

RPI Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 5,390
Freshman Class 1,154
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 6,698

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 6%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 74%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Unknown and Other: 7%
Latino 6%
African American 3%
Caucasian 74%
Asian 11%
Unknown and Other 7%

Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 28%
Men 72%
International 5%
Domestic 95%

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