Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


  • 64% have a job after 6 months
  • N/A have a job after 1 year
  • N/A have a job after 2 years


$33,500 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


The Cole Library, supporting the Rensselaer at Hartford program. Rensselaer is a member of the Connect NY Consortium. Members of this project provide rapid access to their shared book collections. Current members include Bard College, Colgate University, Pace University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Siena College, St. Lawrence University, Union College, United States Military Academy and Vassar College.The Architecture Library’s collection was begun in 1929 and the branch facility established in 1930. It now occupies approximately 4700 square feet on the east side of the Greene Building’s third floor. The physical collection has grown to 30,000 print titles housed in the facility and over 100,000 slides. The graphic collections now include an increasing number of digitized images, and multi-media material on architecture, design and the visual arts, as well as traditional maps, drawings, prints, photographs and microform collections.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 494,428 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 43,733 current serial subscriptions.
  • 582,575 microforms.
  • 168,307 Audio/Visual items.
  • 33,000 e-books.

Museums & Art

In September 2004 Rensselaer opened the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The 218,000-square-foot facility houses more than 400 faculty, staff, and student researchers in biotechnology, information technology, and related disciplines.The Center contains an 800 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer and the computing and visualization infrastructure needed to model molecular structure at the atomic level.In 2007 Rensselaer will open the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. EMPAC is a place and a program, where the arts challenge and alter our technology and technology challenges and alters the arts.Rensselaer also has the following: Archer Center for Student Leadership Development; Bioinformatics Center at Rensselaer and Wadsworth; Centrifuge Research Center; Class 100 clean room; Combinatorial Sciences and Materials Informatics Collaboratory (CoSMIC); Darrin Fresh Water Institute (at Lake George); Electronics Agile Manufacturing Research Institute (EAMRI); Flexible Manufacturing Center (FMC); George M. Low Gallery and papers; Gaerttner Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Laboratory; Hirsch Observatory; Laboratory Introduction to Embedded Controls (LITEC); Lighting Research Center (LRC); National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Sub-surface Sensing & Imaging (CenSSIS); NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures; New York State Center for Polymer Synthesis; New State Center for Studies of the Origin of Life (A NASA Specialized Center); O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory; Rensselaer Incubator; Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center (one of only six in the nation); RPIdea Lab; Rensselaer Statistical Consulting Center (RSCC); Rensselaer Technology Park; Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC); Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship; Social and Behavioral Research Laboratory (SBRL); Plasma Lab; Microfabrication Clean Room(MCR);



  • Students are required to take a computer course.
  • Students are required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 5,162 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 326 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 1,272 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 20 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 3,282 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 4,625 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance


math, writing, study skills


minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious


co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 56% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 14% of housing units are Singles.
  • 58% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 6% of housing units are Triples.
  • 22% of housing units are Apartments.
  • In total, there are 16 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 85% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Grand Marshal Week/student government elections; Big Red Freakout; International Festival; Senior Week; Activity Fair; Black Awareness Week; Hispanic Heritage Month; Black History Month; Asian Awareness Week; Communiversity; Family Weekend; Alumni Weekend; Athletic Alumni Weekend; Minority Student Weekend; Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 160 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: White Key; Phalanx; TriBeta; Pre-Med Honor Society AED; Sigma XI; Tau Beta Pi; Chi Epsilon; Alpha Pi Mu; Eta Kappa Nu; Alpha Sigma Mu; Pi Tau Sigma; Sigma Gamma Tau; Epsilon Delta Sigma; Beta Gamma Sigma.
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Rensselaer Christian Association, Hillel, Hindu Students Association, Indian Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Newman Catholic Fellowship, Korean Christian Fellowship, Knights of Columbus, Ren. Christian Association .
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African Caribbean Student Assoc (cultural); Alianza Latina (cultural); Black Student Alliance (cultural); Chinese American Student Association (cultural); Chinese Student Assoc (International); Hellenic Student Assoc (International); Hong Kong Student Association (International); Indian Student Association (cultural); Iranian Student Assoc (international); Japanese Student Assoc (international); Korean Student Assoc (international); Malaysian Student Assoc (international); Muslim Women (cultural); Pakistani Student Assoc(cultural); Philippine American League(cultural); Taiwanese Student Assoc(international); Turkish Student Assoc(international)
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African-Caribbean Students Association, Aikido, Alianza Latina, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honorary, Ambulance, Aquarium Club, Archery, Arnold Air Society Service Organization, Assoc. for Comp. Machinery (ACM), Astrophysical, Badminton Club, Baha’i Club, Ballroom Dance Club, BASIC (Brothers & Sisters in Christ), Bhagavad Gita Study Group, Big Red Freakout, Black Students Alliance (BSA), Campus Serenaders Swing Band, Cheerleaders, Chess, Chinese Amer. Students Assoc. (CASA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Christian Association (RCA), Circle K, College Republicans, Concert Choir, Creative Problem Solving, Crew, Cricket, Culinary Club, Cycling Club, Dance Club, Dance-Dance Revolution, Ecologic, Electronics, Entrepreneurship Club, Equestrian Team, Executive Board, Fencing Club, Film, Formula SAE, Frisbee, Gaming Club, GM Week, Graduate Council, Graphic Arts Club, Ground Zero, Gymnastics, Habitat for Humanity, Hellenic Association of Students (Hellas), Hillel, Hong Kong Students Association, Independent Council, Indian Students Association, INDOSAR (Indonesian Students Assoc. ), Iranian Student Association, Isshrinyu Karate, Japanese Student’s Association, Jazz Ensemble, Judicial Board, Judo Club, Juggling and Unicycle Club, Kendo, Korean Christian Fellowship, Korean Student Association (KSA), Kung Fu, Mac Users Group, Malaysian Student Association, Married Students Organization (MSO), Meditation Club, Model Railroad, Motorcycle Club, Music Association (RMA), Muslim Students Association, Muslim Women Association, Newman Fellowship, NSBE, Objectivist Club, Outing Club, Paintball Club, Pakistan Students Association, Partial Credit, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Philippine American League (P. A. L. ), Photo Club, Players (Theater), Polytechnic, Pride Alliance, Pugwash, Racquetball Team/Club, RAF (Flying Club), Rensselyrics, Rifle/Marksmanship Club, Rugby, Rusty Pipes, Sailing Club, Science Fiction Association, Scuba Club, Senate, Sheer Idiocy, SHPE, Ski and Snowboard Club, Ski Team, Society for Creative Anachronism, Society of Women Engineers, SOLID, Sports Car Association, Squash Club, Statler & Waldorf, Student Auto Shop, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Table Tennis Club, Tae Kwon Do Club, Taiwanese Students Association (TSA), Tennis Club, Transit, Turkish Students Association (TURKSA), TV Club, Undergraduate Council, UPAC Cinema, UPAC Comedy, UPAC Concerts, UPAC Lights, UPAC Mother’s, UPAC Sound, Volleyball Club, Volunteers for Education, W2SZ Amateur Radio Club, Waterpolo, Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program, Wrestling, WRPI Radio
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Polytechnic (weekly); Statler & Waldorf (fortnightly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Albany, NY (10)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Albany, NY (10)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Albany, NY (10)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 34% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 33% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,600
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 32 fraternities
  • 25 fraternity houses
  • 39% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 5 sororities
  • 3 sorority houses
  • 18% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, other

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