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 6,200 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the RPI acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. Graduating 80% of students, RPI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $63,100.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses
Most Popular Majors
Mechanical Engineering226 Graduates
Computer Science167 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering101 Graduates
Electrical Engineering94 Graduates
Chemical Engineering93 Graduates
Aerospace Engineering87 Graduates
Computer Systems Technician71 Graduates
Civil Engineering62 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.76 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.87 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews
Difficult academics earn you a degree that will support your future aspirations. This school will support you mentally and academically to the best of their ability, and the payout is well worth it. The clubs are diverse as they are meaningful ranging from robotics to rocketry to learning Russian to Cinema. RPI's technological facilities are enormous as they are accessible- but be prepared to reach out yourself to use the school's resources. The food is beyond amazing, seriously, its awesome- but be ready to do a little hill climbing to access all of campus.
The school is very challenging academically, but it's well worth it in the end. Most professors are very willing to help their students succeed. Something I do not like about the school is that much of your grades are dependent on the professor you get. This causes many students to drop or withdraw from classes to get a different, more experienced professor the next time around. Of course how much effort a student puts in will truly be what determines their grades, but getting specific professors for certain courses does make a difference. The food is decent. The dining hall food isn't great, but the food in the student union is delicious. The people are very friendly at RPI and everyone is very smart. Sports and clubs are very big at the school and there is something for everyone.
Academics are very difficult here, but the degree is worth it. You'll come out of RPI really knowing your field. Parties are mostly through Greek Life, so it can be tricky to find parties or to get in if you are unaffiliated. The majority of people probably don't party. Campus is in a great location, short walk from downtown Troy, and the city bus service is free to students. There is so much to do at RPI and no matter who you are you'll always find a group to fit in with!