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As the nation’s oldest technological university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York has a rightfully deserved reputation in the science and engineering world, having led tens of thousands of bright minds to look at “innovation and the future.” “Research opportunities” and facilities are everywhere, and students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools. When their four years are complete, students are encouraged to take what they learn and use it for the greater good. “Why not change the world?” asks a student.

The professors at RPI are “passionate about teaching,” “very accessible, and really there for the students.” Though there are certainly some “dull” professors (“I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly!” says one student), most find that the faculty is praiseworthy and “serve as great mentors for students.” “My professors in my direct major are extremely hands-on and discussion-based,” says a student. Thanks to the “focus on problem-solving,” professors are always looking to get students involved in projects, and one of “the greatest strengths of [the] school is the resources that they offer.” On top of that, the “welcoming overall community” fosters success, as “students are not extremely competitive and everyone tends to help each other out.”

The school is “rigorous,” but the students “do find time to enjoy the downtime when we get it.” RPI “is a place where nerds can get both an excellent education and an enjoyable four years,” according to one student. The student union is entirely studentrun, giving students “a lot of freedom to control our educational experience.” Many of the student clubs both “suit your interests and work toward your professional career after college.” All in all, “community and knowledge drive this school to push students to excel in school and after graduation.”

Student Body

Everyone here is pretty much without a doubt “a little bit nerdy, but friendly and helpful.” This tinge of nerdiness in everyone “brings the students together and makes it a fun environment with little to no discrimination.” “The typical student at my school is studious, but also social in their own way,” explains a student. There is a whole spectrum of social students, which ranges “from socializing with a select few to the person that is a social butterfly,” but no matter which path you choose, “people don’t judge at RPI.”

Campus Life

Everyone agrees that RPI is just the right size: “The kind of size where you don’t know everybody but you see ten people you know as you walk across campus (and it only takes ten minutes to walk across campus).” People at RPI “don’t care how weird or different you are, they let you be.” “You can be anyone you want—the kid sword-fighting with his friends in quad or an avid musician who has a 4.0,” says a student. Most students do have a “nerdy” side to them, and they inherently love math/science—“even the humanities at RPI are laced with the sweet smell of science,” and “physics equation graffiti” can be found on some walls. Academics are definitely an important priority here, but “extracurricular activities are balanced alongside the classes, labs, homework, and studying.” There are hundreds of clubs on campus (such as Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Model Railroad Society, which does model railroading of upstate New York and Vermont all circa the earlyto mid-1950s), and “most people are involved in several.” There are always campus events that students can attend, which range from “athletic events and cultural programs to student ensemble concerts and open mic shows.” Downtown Troy has some “quaint cafes and places to explore,” Albany has shopping malls, parks, and movie theaters, and a ski trip to Lake Placid is easily accomplished. “There is so much to do around here—you’ll never be bored if you take the time to explore.” Men’s hockey games are a large part of student life here, and “Greek life accounts for about one-fourth of the undergraduate student body and is a great leadership experience and a large contributor to the social scene.”

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Campus Visits Contact

Carol-Ann Casey
Campus Visit & Ambassador Coordinator

Office of Admissions
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rensselaer Union
Mueller Fitness Center
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Ctr
Houston Field House (hockey arena)
Quiet and parklike, yet full of all the conveniences of a self-contained city, Rensselaer's 275-acre campus is a blend of modern style and classic charm. The Institute is in a period of tremendous growth, building new facilities that greatly enhance the lives of our students and faculty.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Mountains for hiking, skiing, camping
Lake George for water sports
Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Troy Music Hall
Albany-Troy Metro Area
Berkshires (MA)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri,Info session at 9 AM;tour 10AM
M-F 8:30-5:00pm;Saturday 10AM March-Nov only

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9am & 1pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

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Class Visits

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany International Airport is 10 minutes from campus. Rail service is available from the new Albany-Rensselaer train station to New York City and other major metropolitan areas. Convenient ground transportation services include taxis, bus lines, and rental cars.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From north, east, south, or west, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is easy to reach. We are centrally located near the major highways in New York State. From the North: Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, south to Exit 7 east. Get on Route 7 headed eastbound. Follow directions to campus (below). From the South: Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, north to exit 23. At exit 23, get on I-787 north to Route 7 East, Exit 9E. Disregard the sign for Rensselaer and Russell Sage College at the previous exit. Exit 9E, Route 7 east, provides an easier approach to campus. Follow directions to campus (below). From the East: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), to exit B1. Continue west (13.5 miles) to I-787 north to Route 7 east, exit 9E. Disregard the sign for Rensselaer and Russell Sage College at the previous exit. Exit 9E, Route 7 east, provides an easier approach to campus. Follow directions to campus (below). From the West: Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to exit 24. From exit 24, take I-87 north, exit 1N, to exit 7 east. Follow directions to campus (below). Directions to Campus: Cross the Collar City Bridge and follow signs for Route 7, Hoosick Street. At the 4th traffic light, turn right onto 15th Street. You will know you're at Rensselaer when you see the large RENSSELAER sign in granite at the intersection of 15th Street and Sage Avenue. Make a left at the third traffic light onto Sage Avenue. The Admissions Building will be directly in front of you. Bear to the left of the building onto Eaton Road. The parking lot will be on your right, directly behind the Admissions Building.

Local Accommodations
The following hotels are located within a short drive from campus: Franklin Plaza Inn and Suites (1 Fourth Street, Troy, NY, 518-274-8800) The Albany Marriot (189 Wolf Road; 518-458-8444), Best Western-Albany Airport (200 Wolf Road; 518-458-1016), Clarion Suites (611 Troy-Schenectady Road; 518-785-5891), Days Inn (16 Wolf Road; 518-459-3600), The Desmond (660 Albany-Shaker Road; 518-869-8100), Hampton Inn-Latham (981 New London Road; 518-785-0000), Hampton Inn-Wolf Road (10 Ulenski Drive; 518-438-2822), Holiday Inn Express (946 New London Road; 518-783-6161), The Inn at the Century (997 New London Road; 518-785-0931), Microtel-Colonie (7 Rensselaer Avenue; 800-782-9121).


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Acceptance Rate: 43%
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