Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Troy, NY

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Other Architecture and Related Services
Philosophy
Visual and Performing Arts

Business

Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Other Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Other Finance and Financial Management Services

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Game Design Programming and Interactive Media Design
Technical and Scientific Communication

Engineering

Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
Other Architectural Sciences and Technology
Systems Engineering
Transportation and Highway Engineering

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Cognitive Science
Human Computer Interaction
Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology and Society

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Pre-Law Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Bioinformatics
Biology/Biological Sciences
Other Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Other Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Other Physical Sciences
Other Physics
Physics

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Economics
Other Economics
Other Social Sciences
Psychology
Social Sciences

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Systems Technology

Technology

Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences
Information Technology

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RPI Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 2 Reviews

100% of students gave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Academics Rating

Some lectures had a hundred students, others only had 10. Professors are engaging subject matter experts. Weekly labs are challenging and fun. The work is hard, but the reward is worth it. Expect to spend considerable time on a laptop for all assignments.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Academics Rating

The academics are TOUGH. Heavy load classes... That being said, the professors were for the most part outstanding and I felt like I had an incredible education. Lots of very intelligent classmates who are pretty passionate about what they are studying...classes were very interactive, especially after basic major course requirements were over. Lots of great research opportunities for students in most departments. Lots of very unique elective classes that were "gems" of RPI in my opinion. I'm so glad I had those opportunities.


RPI Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 3.10
Retention Rate 94%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 1.80
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in July, August, and January.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Distance Learning

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology
  • Other: architecture

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine

Class Sizes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 13%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 41%
  • 100+ Students: 3%
Fewer than 20 Students 44%
50 - 100 Students 13%
20 - 49 Students 41%
100+ Students 3%


Faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Total Faculty 484
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 15
Full-Time Professors 382
Male Faculty 380
Part-Time Professors 102
Women Faculty 104

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