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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
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 $66,100.
About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
Website

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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1320-1500
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$37,648/ 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
$30,596/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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.66 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,200Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
26
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Nerdy
    43%
  • Driven
    20%
  • Motivated
    18%
  • Nerdy trying to be a college bro.
    13%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Don't talk much
    3%
  • Nerdy
    3%

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.78 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Why not change the world?
    64%
  • A community of innovative and creative minds.
    17%
  • A bunch of nerds.
    14%
  • A bunch of nerds with potential
    3%
  • a place manufactures engineers and nothing more
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$82,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
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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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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I liken RPI to academic boot camp...there is an overall pride in the administration for being very difficult graders. This is excellent for teaching you to grind through adversity and serves you well in the workforce, however it is terrible if you plan on applying to grad school!

RPI is like MIT-light in the fact that it's a research institution and the administration only cares about the professors and grad students who get them big grants and notoriety. This results in an overall poor undergraduate experience however there are tons of opportunities to participate in undergraduate research which is a fantastic resume builder.

Overall, RPI is a great school for the very serious student looking for a career the tech world. If this does not describe you, you would be better off going someplace else!
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Rensselaer is a very rigorous and difficult school to be in. The academics require a lot of studying and attention as most of them deal with subjects in the STEM field, and the grading can sometimes be harsh. RPI tends to be a "top-down" administration, meaning that those in higher positions of power decide mainly what happens to the student body, sometimes regardless of how the students personally feel. While it may be the best financial decision, perhaps, it tends to create a feeling of powerlessness within the students. However, it is definitely the way to a stable future upon graduating.
Rensselaer is an institution with rigorous curriculum and challenging academics. The atmosphere is full of curiosity and a willingness to learn and grow in whatever field you are in. Through every lecture, lab, and class, students are able to learn more than what they ever thought possible within a two or three hour period. There are a variety of clubs, organizations, and sports to join, as well, all capable of bettering the individual within his or her passions and lives.