Chances of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into RPI and can I get accepted? The school has a 43% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. 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.

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RPI SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1530
Average SAT Score 1460

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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 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. The school ranks #6 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission chances by SAT score
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%
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RPI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
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 32
Average ACT Score 30

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 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. The school ranks #12 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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. 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,030 13,475 19,505
Accepted 2,816 5,604 8,420
Acceptance Rate 47% 42% 43%
Enrolled 499 1,164 1,663
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 21% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 57 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to RPI before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what considerations affect 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 IPEDS survey data for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.