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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:
- Computation and Information Technology
- Experimental Media and the Arts
- Energy and the Environment
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.
50% of students gave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5 stars overall.
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.
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.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180
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Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.
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|Full-Time Undergrad Students||5,390|
|Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)||6,698|
- Latino: 6%
- African American: 3%
- Caucasian: 74%
- Asian: 11%
- Unknown and Other: 7%
|Unknown and Other||7%|
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