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Chances of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
47.4%
Admission Difficulty for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into RPI and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #40 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,835 out of 18,635 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 12 percent. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

RPI SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1290-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1390

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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 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1490 and Above Good >60%
1390 to 1490 Avg + 47%-60%
1290 to 1390 Avg - 34%-47%
1190 to 1290 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 1190 Low <23%
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RPI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
28%
ACT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 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 for highest average ACT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >60%
31 to 34 Avg + 47%-60%
28 to 31 Avg - 34%-47%
25 to 28 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 25 Low <23%
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RPI GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.81
Typical High School Grades
A-

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 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in New York for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RPI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 68% Good
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

72% of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,869 12,766 18,635
Accepted 3,011 5,824 8,835
Acceptance Rate 51% 46% 47%
Enrolled 527 1,138 1,665
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.

FAQs

Does Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to RPI. 28% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

47% of those who apply are granted admission to RPI. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1290 and 1490. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 34. 28% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.