RPI Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
How hard is it to get into RPI and can I get accepted? The school has a 43% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,770 out of 20,402 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 10 percent. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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RPI SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT72%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||640|
|SAT Math 25th||690|
|SAT Composite 25th||1330|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||720|
|SAT Math 75th||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1500|
|Average SAT Score||1420|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 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. 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|
|1500 and Above||Good||>56%|
|1415 to 1500||Avg +||43%-56%|
|1330 to 1415||Avg -||31%-43%|
|1245 to 1330||Reach||21%-31%|
|Less than 1245||Low||<21%|
RPI ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT28%
|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||33|
|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 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 27 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 33 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.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>56%|
|31 to 33||Avg +||43%-56%|
|29 to 31||Avg -||31%-43%|
|27 to 29||Reach||21%-31%|
|Less than 27||Low||<21%|
Avg. High School GPA3.81
Typical High School GradesA-
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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||21%||20%|
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
72% of students submit their SAT scores to RPI. 28% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
43% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1330 and 1500. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.