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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
Location Troy, New York
Online rpi.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824 and located in Troy, New York, is an esteemed private research university situated approximately 150 miles north of New York City. The campus reflects a blend of historical and modern architecture with facilities that support its reputation as a leading institution in engineering, science, and technological research. Known for its rigorous academic environment, Rensselaer offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs with a high level of selectivity in admissions. Popular majors include Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Management. The institute provides residential options to students with a variety of on-campus housing facilities. Rensselaer's athletic teams, known as the Engineers, compete in the NCAA Division III, except for the men?s and women's ice hockey teams, which compete at the Division I level.

In the most recent statistical year 17,498 prospective students applied, and 9,277 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,322 enrolled in the school.  6,704 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 70 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $57,100 plus fees of $1,426. RPI is ranked 102 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












RPI is rated within the top 22% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
SAT 1360/1520
ACT 32/34
GPA 3.88

Applications Accepted

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$1,426
Room and Board $16,379
Budget for Other Expenses$1,608
Total One Year Cost$77,763

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$82,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

84% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 53%
Computer and Information Sciences 9%
Business 8%
Engineering Technology 5%
Architecture 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=194824 IPEDS survey data for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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