Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St, Troy, United States
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Overview of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

About this school

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is a private, technical institution. It educates the leaders of tomorrow's technologically based companies. Programs are offered through the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. The education takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms with revitalized undergraduate curricula that have won three prestigious awards in the last two years. Hands-on undergraduate research and team-based projects are the hallmark of an exciting and rigorous curriculum. Campus life beyond the classroom includes 23 NCAA sports and over 130 clubs and governmental activities. Its 260-acre campus is located in Troy, 15 miles from Albany.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:6,366
    • Men:4,325 Men (67.9%)
    • Women:2,041 Women (32.1%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
2
3
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
December 31
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Required for some
December 31
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
110 8th Street
City, State, Zip
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone
(518) 276-6216
Fax
(518) 276-4072
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 12
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, December 15
Early Decision Notification
December 10, January 14
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 recommended for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio for electronic arts recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
43% of 19,505 applicants were admitted
Women
47% of 6,030 applicants were admitted
Men
42% of 13,475 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,663 (20%) of 8,420 admitted students enrolled
Women
499 (18%) of 2,816 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,164 (21%) of 5,604 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.78
375 And Above
66%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
722 average |680-770 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
69%
• Score 600 - 700
28%
• Score 500 - 600
3%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
43%
• Score 600 - 700
47%
• Score 500 - 600
10%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
30 average |28-32 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
53%
• Score 24 - 29
43%
• Score 18 - 23
4%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $53,880 (74.84%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,260 (21.2%)
  • Other Expenses: - $2,858 (3.97%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification Date
On or about March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002803
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,229 (73.9%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
991 (80.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
991 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
218 (22.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$40,705
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 991 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,478
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 985 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,397
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 183 (18.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
366 (22.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,777

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
4,144 (65.7%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
3,684 (88.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,684 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
641 (17.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$40,405
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,684 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $34,894
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,600 (97.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,683
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 433 (11.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,667 (26.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,331

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
65%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Academic Competitiveness Grants, National SMART Grants, Gates Millennium Scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, Members of Minorities

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,980

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


467

Part-Time Faculty


50

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


85%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 23% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 27% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 16% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 8% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 10% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


93.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


61.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


81.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


83.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (40)


  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Engineering, Computer and information sciences, Business/marketing, Mathematics and statistics, Engineering technologies

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy

Master's Programs of Study (46)


  • Acoustics
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Building Science
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Financial Engineering
  • Geology
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Lighting Design
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Physics
  • Rhetoric
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


49,974

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Albany, NY

Campus Size


284 acres

Weather


Temperature
11 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
171 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Albany
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Rensselaer

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


57% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


43%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Red Hawk
School Colors
Cherry and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, racquetball, skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, red army spirit club, outing club, indian student association, chinese american student association, pep band

Sororities


16% of women participate

Fraternities


21% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


6,340

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
6,366
Women
2,041
Men
4,325

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 13.7% Asian
  • 4.6% Black/African-American
  • 10.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 7.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 61.8% White
  • 1.6% Unknown

International Students


13.6% from 39 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


1,267

Student Resources

Study resources