Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university
located in Troy, New York, United States. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van
Rensselaer. RPI is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the
laboratory to the marketplace. RPI consistently ranks among the top 50 national
universities in the nation according to US News & World Report. The institute
offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. RPI is
organized into the following academic schools:
Lally School of Management & Technology
School of Architecture
School of Engineering
School of Humanities and Social Science
School of Science
RPI offers more than 20 varsity teams. It features a competitive Division I
ice hockey team, which won NCAA national titles in 1954 and 1985. Their official
mascot is the Pukeman.
Profile of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The campus of RPI is in
Troy, NY, which is a small city. The school is a private, not-for-profit
institution. Degrees at RPI include, at the school s highest level, the Doctoral
school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of
its size. RPI is known for its programs in science, mathematics, engineering,
computer science and engineering, and architecture and planning.
Admission at the school is selective, not open to
all who apply. Getting into RPI is challenging; it only admitted 49% of those
who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of
at least 600. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 650 and
RPI has a tenure
system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid,
which often goes with faculty quality.
In 2007, RPI had 6,566 students enrolled (6,352
full-time equivalent). A very high share of students at the school are male.
Full-time students are the norm at RPI. The school
offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges.
RPI values student athletics, and belongs to the Eastern College Athletic
Conference and Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.
reports its educational mission is:
"Rensselaer educates the leaders of
tomorrow for technologically based careers. We celebrate discovery, and the
responsible application of technology, to create knowledge and global