Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ...
NCAA Division III (with football)
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- 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.61 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses
Most Popular Majors
Mechanical Engineering169 Graduates
Computer Science101 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering84 Graduates
Business Administration and Management81 Graduates
Chemical Engineering74 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering72 Graduates
Aerospace Engineering70 Graduates
Civil Engineering60 Graduates
Industrial Engineering58 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.73 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
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After Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews
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If you are into a STEM oriented education, RPI is for you! If you graduated at the top of your class in high school, be prepared to be average because everyone else did too. This makes Rensselaer a competitive place but you will find friends that will last well after graduation. The curriculum is highly structured so don't expect to have many electives. This does assure that when you graduate you will have the knowledge and thoroughness that are expected of an RPI grad.
I've had a great time at Rensselaer so far. I've been heavily involved in Rensselaer's student-run union as well as student government. Students have a great say in what happens on campus, which is great. The academics, overall, are also amazing and comparable to what you would find at other top-tier universities for STEM. The business school is also great as well! Third best in New York, and top 50 in the country!
All students should know coming into RPI that it is not an 'easy' school whatsoever. It is extremely difficult to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, or even one near it as the courses here are definitely made to challenge you and make you think. The course loads for certain classes are less than others, but still require just as much effort if you want to pass. There are many high school students who come into RPI thinking that they can get by without studying for tests as they did in high school, which is a big misconception. STUDY! The professors are usually very friendly and want students to do well in the course, so make sure to make use of office hours to go over any problems. Class sizes will diminish as you move up in grade as courses become more specific to major. Overall, I can say that the classes I have taken so far are very useful, none of them considered to be a waste of my time.