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OVERVIEW
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is a private, technical institution. It educates the leaders of tomorrow's
technologically based companies. Programs are offered through the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social
Sciences, Management, and Science. The education takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms with revitalized undergraduate
curricula that have won three prestigious awards in the last two years. Hands-on undergraduate research and team-based projects
are the hallmark of an exciting and rigorous curriculum. Campus life beyond the classroom includes 23 NCAA sports and over 130
clubs and governmental activities. Its 260-acre campus is located in Troy, 15 miles from Albany.
Web Site
www.rpi.edu/
Institution Type
Private
Coeducational
Yes
Undergraduate Students
5,864
Women
1,829 (31.2%)
Men
4,035 (68.8%)
Graduate Students
1,249
ADMISSION
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
42% of 17,752 applicants were
admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission
Deadline
January 15
Average GPA
3.87
SAT Math
716 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading
660 average
610-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
Not reported
ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor
Very Important
Academic GPA
X
Standardized Tests
X
Important
Essay
X
Extracurricular Activities
X
MONEY MATTERS
Cost of Attendance
$68,244
Tuition and Fees
$50,797
Room and Board
$14,630
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Freshman Award
$40,809
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates
Not reported
Considered
Not Considered
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ACADEMICS
Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
404
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 27% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
CAMPUS LIFE
Troy Population
49,974
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany, NY
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
100% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Red Hawk
Sororities
16% of women participate
Fraternities
21% of men participate
STUDENTS
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.3% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
7.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.1% White
2.1% Unknown
International Students
10.5% from 41 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
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ADMISSION
FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Entrance Difficulty
Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over
26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
Examinations
High School Graduation
High school diploma required and
GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is
required
High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject
Required Units
Recommended
Units
English
4
Mathematics
4
Science
3
4
2
3
SAT or ACT
Required
December 31
Required for
some
December 31
SAT Only
ACT Only
SAT and SAT
Subject Tests,
or ACT
SAT Subject
Tests Only
Foreign Language
Social Studies
Scores Due in
Admissions Office
Exam
History
Academic Electives
SAT Essay Component
Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
Use of SAT/ACT
Essay
SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
Admissions Office
Application Dates and Fees
Address
110 8th Street
City, State, Zip
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone
(518) 276-6216
Fax
(518) 276-4072
E-mail
[email protected]
Early Admission
Regular Admission
Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission
Notification
March 12
Accept Offer of
Admission
May 1
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Waiting List Used
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, December 15
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Early Decision
Notification
December 12, January 16
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
Early Action Notification
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ADMISSION
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
Application Form
Other Application Requirements
Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms
required
Universal College
Application
Accepted, supplemental forms
required
Electronic Application
Available
Interview
Not required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
1 recommended for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio for electronic arts
recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a
consideration in the admissions
process
SELECTION OF STUDENTS
Factor
Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
X
Academic GPA
X
Standardized Tests
X
Class Rank
X
Important
Recommendations
X
Essay
X
Considered
Interview
X
Level of Applicant's Interest
X
Extracurricular Activities
X
Volunteer Work
X
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
Not Considered
X
X
First Generation to Attend College
X
State Residency
X
Geographic Residence
X
Relation with Alumnus
X
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
X
Ethnicity
X
Work Experience
X
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ADMISSION
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate
42% of 17,752 applicants were admitted
Women
47% of 5,438 applicants were admitted
Men
39% of 12,314 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,379 (19%) of 7,432 admitted students enrolled
Women
444 (17%) of 2,579 admitted students enrolled
Men
935 (19%) of 4,853 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
65% of 554 applicants were admitted
Early Action
Admission Rate
Students Offered Wait List
4,087
Students Accepting Wait List Position
2,203
Students Admitted From Wait List
57
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math
716 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
64%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading
660 average
610-720 range of middle 50%
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA
3.87
3.75 and Above
66%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
32%
Score of 600 - 700
48%
Score of 30 - 36
56%
Score of 500 - 600
19%
Score of 24 - 29
41%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 18 - 23
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
0%
SAT Writing
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 72%
Top quarter: 94%
Top half: 99%
Bottom half: 1%
National Merit Scholar
2%
Valedictorian
4%
Class President
Not reported
Student Gov. Officer
Not reported
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MONEY
MATTERS
TUITION AND EXPENSES
Cost of Attendance
$68,244
Books and Supplies
$2,817
Tuition and Fees
$50,797
Other Expenses
Not reported
Room and Board
$14,630
Payment Plans
Credit card, installment plan,
external finance company
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid Office
Application Process
E-mail
[email protected]
Application Deadline
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Award Notification
On or about March 12
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL
Method for Awarding
Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional
Methodologies
Forms Required
Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002803
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional
PROFILE OF 2015-16 FINANCIAL AID
Freshmen
All Undergraduates
Financial Aid Applicants
1,065 (77.2%) of freshmen
Financial Aid Applicants
3,934 (68.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Need
922 (86.6%) of applicants
Found to Have Need
3,526 (61.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
922 (100.0%) of applicants with
financial need
Received Financial Aid
3,526 (100.0%) of applicants with
financial need
Need Fully Met
246 (26.7%) of aid recipients
Need Fully Met
724 (20.5%) of aid recipients
Avg. Pct. of Need Met
87%
Avg. Pct. of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$40,809
Average Award
$36,894
Need-Based Gift
Received by 922 (100.0%) of aid
recipients, average amount
$35,340
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,526 (100.0%) of
aid recipients, average amount
$30,943
Need-Based
Self-Help
Received by 916 (99.3%) of aid
recipients, average amount
$5,491
Need-Based
Self-Help
Received by 3,415 (96.9%) of aid
recipients, average amount
$6,195
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 190 (20.6%) of aid
recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 484 (13.7%) of aid
recipients
Merit-Based Gift
286 (20.7%) of freshmen had no
financial need and received merit
aid, average amount $16,511
Merit-Based Gift
1,554 (26.9%) of undergraduates
had no financial need and
received merit aid, average
amount $17,156
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PROFILE OF 2015-16 FINANCIAL AID - continued
Borrowing
2015 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2015 Graduates
Not reported
Parents Borrowing PLUS Loans
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS
Loans
Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins
loans
State Loans
Other Loans
College/university loans
Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Academic
Competitiveness Grants, National SMART Grants, Gates Millennium Scholarships
Non-Need-Based
Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Music/Drama scholarships, Athletic
scholarships, Minority scholarships, ROTC scholarships, Alumni affiliation scholarships, Leadership
scholarships
Non-Need Awards
Academic Interest/
Achievement Award
Areas
Number of Awards
Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science
Not reported
Top Areas (By
Money Awarded)
Creative Arts/
Performance
Award Areas
Number of Awards
Not reported
Not reported
Top Areas (By
Money Awarded)
Special Achievements/
Activities Award Areas
Number of Awards
Not reported
Not reported
Top Areas (By
Money Awarded)
Special Characteristics
Award Areas
Number of Awards
Top Areas (By
Money Awarded)
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, Members of Minorities
Not reported
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Employment
Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from
On-Campus
Employment
$1,835
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MATTERS
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
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ACADEMICS
General Catalog/Bulletin
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Undergraduate Majors
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space
Engineering
Architecture
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology,
Other
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Bioinformatics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Cognitive Science
Computer Science
Computer Technology/Computer Systems
Technology
Design and Visual Communications, General
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Environmental Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Philosophy
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General
Science, Technology and Society
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sustainability Studies
Information Technology
Materials Engineering
Mathematics, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General
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ACADEMICS
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION - continued
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Computer and information sciences,
Business/marketing
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Double major, Honors program,
Independent study, Student-designed major, Cooperative
education program, Internships
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported
CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Required
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations
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ACADEMICS
FACULTY AND INSTRUCTION
Full-Time Faculty
404
Part-Time Faculty
74
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
96%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 27% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported
ACADEMIC RESOURCES
Libraries
Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
Computing
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Not reported
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually
impaired services, wheelchair access
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ACADEMICS
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL EDUCATION
Master's Degrees Offered
Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture I, Master of Architecture II,
Master of Engineering
Master's Programs of Study
Acoustics
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Architecture
Art/Fine Arts
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Bioengineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Building Science
Computer Art and Design
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management
Engineering Physics
Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Engineering
Financial Engineering
Geology
History of Science and Technology
Lighting Design
Management Information Systems
Management of Technology
Materials Engineering
Materials Sciences
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Physics
Rhetoric
Speech and Interpersonal Communication
Supply Chain Management
Business Administration and Management--General
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Human-Computer Interaction
Industrial/Management Engineering
Information Science
Interdisciplinary Studies
Systems Engineering
Technical Communication
Technology and Public Policy
Transportation and Highway Engineering
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Doctoral Degrees Offered
Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy
Doctoral Programs of Study
Acoustics
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
Architecture
Art/Fine Arts
Biochemistry
Bioengineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Building Science
Business Administration and Management--General
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Cognitive Sciences
Computer Art and Design
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management
Engineering Physics
Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
Environmental Engineering
Geology
History of Science and Technology
Industrial/Management Engineering
Interdisciplinary Studies
Civil Engineering
Lighting Design
Management of Technology
Materials Engineering
Materials Sciences
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Physics
Rhetoric
Speech and Interpersonal Communication
Systems Engineering
Technology and Public Policy
Transportation and Highway Engineering
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CAMPUS
LIFE
LOCATION AND SETTING
Troy Population
49,974
Nearest Metropolitan
Area
Albany, NY
Environment
Small city
Campus Size
284 acres
Getting Around
Campus Map
Map
Nearest Airport
7 mile(s) from campus in Albany
Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Albany
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in
Rensselaer
Weather
Temperature
11 average low in January, 79
average high in September
Rain
171 rainy days per year
HOUSING
College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed dorms, married student apartments, single student
apartments, disabled student housing, fraternity/sorority
housing
Students in College Housing
100% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
43%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available
SECURITY
24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
campus foot patrols at night
PERSONAL SUPPORT SERVICES
Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered
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LIFE
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Intercollegiate Athletics
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Red Hawk
School Colors
Cherry and white
Intercollegiate Sports Offered
WOMEN
Sport
MEN
Offered
Scholarships Given
Baseball
Offered
Scholarships Given
x
Basketball
x
x
Cross-Country Running
x
x
Field Hockey
x
Football
x
Golf
x
Ice Hockey
x
x
x
Lacrosse
x
x
Soccer
x
x
Softball
x
Swimming And Diving
x
x
Tennis
x
x
Track And Field
x
x
x
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CAMPUS
LIFE
SPORTS AND RECREATION - continued
Club Sports
Women's Club Sports
archery, badminton, baseball, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, racquetball, riflery, rugby, sailing,
skiing (cross-country), squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting
Men's Club Sports
archery, badminton, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, racquetball, riflery, rugby, sailing, skiing (crosscountry), squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting
Recreational Sports
Intramural Sports
basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, racquetball, skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, table tennis,
ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling
STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Activities and
Organizations
choral groups, concert band, dance, drama theatre, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles,
music theatre, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony
orchestra, television station, yearbook
Sororities
16% of women participate
Fraternities
21% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus
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STUDENTS
STUDENT BODY
Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
5,864
Women
1,829 (31.2%)
Men
4,035 (68.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
5,845
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.3% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
7.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.1% White
2.1% Unknown
International Students
10.5% from 41 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,249
UNDERGRADUATE RETENTION AND GRADUATION
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
79.7%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
81.0%
AFTER GRADUATION
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Average Starting Salary
63%
$63,214 per year
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3%
Engineering 10%
Law 1%
Theology 1%
Arts and Sciences 4%
Medicine 2%
Education 1%
Other 2%
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