RPI Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

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

Can I get into RPI? The school has a 44% acceptance rate. Last year, 8,215 out of 18,524 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 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1510
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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 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1255. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1425 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 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
1510 and Above Good >57%
1425 to 1510 Avg + 44%-57%
1340 to 1425 Avg - 32%-44%
1255 to 1340 Reach 21%-32%
Less than 1255 Low <21%

ACT Requirements

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
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. 37 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 >57%
30 to 32 Avg + 44%-57%
28 to 30 Avg - 32%-44%
26 to 28 Reach 21%-32%
Less than 26 Low <21%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RPI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

Admission Statistics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,753 12,771 18,524
Accepted 2,773 5,442 8,215
Acceptance Rate 48% 43% 44%
Enrolled 534 1,157 1,691
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 21%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 35 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2019.

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.