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Chances of getting into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
57%
Admission Difficulty for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into RPI and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at RPI is 57%.  It ranks #47 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. RPI is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 9,540 out of 16,661 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent (SAT 1300/1500 ACT 29/34). Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.93. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The RPI application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

RPI SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1300-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT 
72%
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 680
SAT Composite 25th 1300
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 1400

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1200. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. RPI ranks #10 in New York and #57 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >72%
1400 to 1500 Avg + 57%-72%
1300 to 1400 Avg - 41%-57%
1200 to 1300 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 1200 Low <27%
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RPI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
29-34 
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 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 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 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 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 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 and #68 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >74%
31 to 34 Avg + 57%-74%
29 to 31 Avg - 44%-57%
27 to 29 Reach 32%-44%
Less than 27 Low <32%
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RPI GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.93
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 3.93 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as RPI accepts 57% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 33.23% Good
3.75 to 3.99 30.5% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 22.31% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.79% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.96% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.21% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

55% 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 55%
Top 25% of class 87%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,486 11,175 16,661
Accepted 3,149 6,391 9,540
Acceptance Rate 57% 57% 57%
Enrolled 430 1,034 1,464
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
41

Applicants have 41 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is $70.

Application Requirements

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

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Application 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?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to RPI. Admission competition is low and the college has elite 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 1300 and 1500. 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 29 and 34. 28% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.