Can I get into RPI? The school has a 43% acceptance rate. Last year, 8,420 out of 19,505 applicants were admitted making RPI a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 9 percent. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||670|
|SAT Math 25th||710|
|SAT Composite 25th||1380|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||750|
|SAT Math 75th||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1530|
|Estimated Average SAT||1460|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically requires applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 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 1300. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1460 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1530 and Above||Good||>56%|
|1455 to 1530||Avg +||43%-56%|
|1380 to 1455||Avg -||31%-43%|
|1305 to 1380||Reach||21%-31%|
|Less than 1305||Low||<21%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Estimated Average ACT||30|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into RPI?
Admission data indicates that RPI regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 34 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>56%|
|30 to 32||Avg +||43%-56%|
|28 to 30||Avg -||31%-43%|
|26 to 28||Reach||21%-31%|
|Less than 26||Low||<21%|
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RPI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||20%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.50||8%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||3%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||1%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
72% 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||72%|
|Top 25% of class||95%|
|Top 50% of class||98%|
|Bottom 50% of class||2%|
|Bottom 25% of class||1%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||18%||21%||20%|
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what considerations affect 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.