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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admissions Information

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY (map)


Overlooking the Hudson River, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides an innovative, challenging and interactive education. Students are encouraged to explore new interests with cutting-edge technology and dynamic faculty members. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute bases its academic approach in two veins: the first focuses on the application of science to everyday life, while the other emphasizes unique learning strategies such as learning by teaching. In addition, entrepreneurial thinking is a founding principle at RPI. Professors actively challenge their students to be creative and dare to discover something new, often through an interdisciplinary program, like Applied Science or Information Technology and Web Science.

As a technical institute, RPI has a reputable faculty and unmatched resources for performing groundbreaking research. Though RPI is known for specializing in engineering, it also offers very strong programs in the humanities, arts, social sciences and business. For nearly two centuries, RPI has provided an exceptional environment for undergraduates, promoting excellence and encouraging its students to engage in mutual enrichment.



Basic Info

Main Address: 110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone Number: (518) 276-6000  
Website: http://rpi.edu/  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural and Club Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,659  
Percent out-of-state: 60%  
Percent international: 3%  
Female to Male ratio: 28:72  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 16:1  
Most popular majors: Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Apartments for married and single students
Special housing for disabled students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Named a Best Northeastern College
  • RPI freshman begin their college experiences with a week-long traditional orientation.

Admissions Information

Since Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute emphasizes the sciences and mathematics, applicants should take four years of math in high school, at least through pre-calculus. The admissions committee also encourages three years of science (including chemistry and physics) and having a competitive school record, in the range of A-/B+.

In addition, the admissions committee looks for candidates who have leadership experience and other talents to contribute to the RPI community. RPI does consider the applicant's interest in the college, which he her she may show by visiting the campus and arranging an optional interview.

Admissions address: Rensselaer Admissions
Undergraduate Programs
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Phone number: (518) 276-6216  
Fax number: (518) 276-4072  
Admissions Website: admissions.rpi.edu  
Email: admissions@rpi.edu  
Contact Person: Paul Marthers, Vice President for Enrollment  
Number of first-year applications received: 12,350  
Percent of applicants admitted: 43%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision I); December 15 (Early Decision II)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: 1 Academic teacher evaluation
School report
Midyear report
Final report
Personal essay

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest selection of scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2757  
ACT code: 2866  
Learn more about other Top Technology schools:
California Institute of Technology   Worcester Polytechnic Institute   Georgia Tech   Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

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