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
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 20,402 prospective students applied, and 8,770 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,778 enrolled in the school.  7,798 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 97 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $52,550 plus fees of $1,330. RPI is ranked 82 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Admission Standards
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute overview
SAT 1330/1500
ACT 29/33
GPA 3.81
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 15, 2020
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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$1,330
Room and Board $15,260
Budget for Other Expenses$1,608
Total One Year Cost$71,998

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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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Jul 22, 2018
J******J from New York

Students are enthusiastic about science with a quirky flare. Very academic and focused on school.

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Sep 9, 2016
Y******a from New Jersey

My daughter freshmen student of RPI loves her college! As a parent I really like her dorm, Compare with other colleges we visited for my son and daughter I've see a lot of different dorms, RPI has one of the best leaving arrangement. Campus is beautiful with great landscape. RPI gives good scholarship and grant that makes it more affordable, girls might get more than boys that explains by 70/30 percent ratio to attract more girls.

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Apr 17, 2016
P******k from Troy, NY

Course load is challenging and course content is manageable(Use the TA's!!! Most professors can't offer the same kind of help the TA's can which could be the way you learn.) In terms of academic rigor, the school isn't that hard. It's simply the abundance of knowledge you have to take on so quickly. Discipline is an absolute must have. Housing sucks and its expensive. A lot of opportunities. You can do whatever you want here. Treat RPI like a tool to your success.

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