Reviews for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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.
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.
It's endless and as deep as you want to go. Popular athletics were Football, Hockey, Lacrosse and Baseball. Some organizational highlights include Student Union, Jazz Band, Ski Club, Choir, ROTC, model railroad as well as extremely active fraternities and sororities. Let's not forget the newly revitalized, beautiful downtown Troy, NY.
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.
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.
I wasn't into greek life, but there were what seemed like 40 frats and 1 or 2 sororities...this reflected the M:F ratio. The frats are always having a party so don't worry, you can get that phase out of your system and put on the required 15 lbs. It's very very cold, but if you're into hiking, winter sports, etc..there are a lot of activities around upstate NY and plenty of clubs to take you around or teach you. This is a good thing to do once you're sick of the frat parties and want to lose 15 lbs. GZ is a cool dorm and venue to play/listen to open mic nights and do other artsy things...pretty much anything goes. Troy is a tiny city next to Albany...not much going on.... Albany has a small-city friendly vibe...decent place to spend a few years.
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