The acceptance rate at RPI is 57%. It ranks #47 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. RPI is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 9,540 out of 16,661 applicants were admitted.
The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent (SAT 1300/1500 ACT 29/34). Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.93. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The RPI application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 15.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||620|
|SAT Math 25th||680|
|SAT Composite 25th||1300|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||720|
|SAT Math 75th||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1500|
|Average SAT Score||1400
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically prefers applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1200. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. RPI ranks #10 in New York and #57 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||29|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||31
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into RPI?
Admission data indicates that RPI regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in New York and #68 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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What GPA do you need to get into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into RPI. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was 3.93 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as RPI accepts 57% of students who apply.
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|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||30.5%||Avg|
|3.50 to 3.74||22.31%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.49||9.79%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||2.96%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||1.21%||Reach|
|2.00 to 2.49||0%||Reach|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Reach|
|less than 1.00||0%||Reach|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
55% of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||55%|
|Top 25% of class||87%|
|Top 50% of class||95%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||14%||16%||15%|
Applicants have 41 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is $70.
What are the requirements for admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=194824 IPEDS survey data for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
72% of students submit their SAT scores to RPI. 28% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
57% of those who apply are granted admission to RPI. Admission competition is low and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1300 and 1500. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 34. 28% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.