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Study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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 degree.

Course Topics

The 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.

RPI Selectivity

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 730.


RPI has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

In 2007, RPI had 6,566 students enrolled (6,352 full-time equivalent). A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life

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.

The school 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 prosperity. "

RPI Programs and Degrees
General Category


Most Common Majors

Engineering908electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, industrial engineering, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering224 computer and info science, information technology
Business and Management217business management, business and related services
Science175 physics, biology, chemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, science and society, bioinformatics, geology, natural sciences, . . .
Media64digital communications, communication studies, media studies
Architecture and Planning63architecture, architectural services
Mathematics48mathematics, applied mathematics
Liberal Arts25 interdisciplinary studies, historic preservation and conservation, economics courses, economics, social studies, social services
Medicine15pre-med, pre-dentistry
Therapy and Counseling11psychology, cognitive science
Music11various music studies
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Contact: RPI

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St

Troy, NY 12180-3590

General Phone: (518) 276-6000


Contact: RPI

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St

Troy, NY 12180-3590

General Phone: (518) 276-6000



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