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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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  • 4 Year
  • TROY, NY

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Report Card

grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C minus
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade C
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade C+

editorial

RPI is a highly rated private college located in Troy, New York in the Albany Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,262 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the RPI acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Graduating 87% of students, RPI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $66,100.

About

110 8TH ST
TROY, NY 12180
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

RPI Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1300-1500
ACT Range
29-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$40,661 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$33,155 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 58 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 69 responses
39%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 69 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,262 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
  • Nerdy
    40%
  • Driven
    19%
  • Motivated
    17%
  • Nerdy trying to be a college bro.
    12%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Don't talk much
    2%
  • Nerdy
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 81 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Why not change the world?
    62%
  • A community of innovative and creative minds.
    15%
  • A bunch of nerds.
    13%
  • a place manufactures engineers and nothing more
    5%
  • A bunch of nerds with potential
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$82,000 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 45 responses

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