Chances of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
43%
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 #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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1330-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1420

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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 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
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 29
ACT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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

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

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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Admission Statistics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,538 13,864 20,402
Accepted 3,045 5,725 8,770
Acceptance Rate 47% 41% 43%
Enrolled 567 1,211 1,778
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 20%

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 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 28% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.