Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at RPI are mainly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has high racial diversity. 41% percent of students are minorities or students of color. The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
Race Percent of Students
White 59%
Black 3%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 10%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 7%
International 11%
Race Unknown 2%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 112% more male students than female students enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a gender ratio of 68% men to 32% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, RPI has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of females.

Male to female gender ratio for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 68%
Women 32%
Enrollment by gender for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
Gender Number of Students
Men 5,368
Women 2,527

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

RPI serves a high number of out-of-state students with 72% of the student body residing outside of New York or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 28%
Out of State 56%
Foreign 16%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$74,851 per year

18% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 1.8%
Part time Undergrads 0.1%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=194824 IPEDS survey data for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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