Location
Troy, NY
Undergrads
5,371
Tuition
$44,475
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the rooms are actually pretty nice, if you're lucky enough to get them. Just don't expect your neighbors to look you in the eye as you pass them in the hall.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid is pretty generous, but compared to the astronomical tuition, you're really not getting much from the school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Troy does have some decent restaurants and coffee shops. But that's it's only redeeming quality.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are bountiful apartment buildings around RPI, and I can't wait to move off campus into one. However, RPI has recently decided to wield its "jurisdiction" over punishable offenses off campus, so there is very little added freedom.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes are hardly even students. The hockey team is good, and that's it.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is adequate and quite convenient. RPI itself is safe, but as I said earlier, Troy is a hotbed of violent crime.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Troy is a dreary, run-down city with literally no attractions that don't include alcohol. It's also a hotbed of violent crime.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The sky is perpetually gray, the winter is endless, and the wind literally never stops.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You go to fraternity parties until you absolutely can't stand them anymore, then you sit home on weekends and play with yourself.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: The gender ratio is god awful. There are many international students, but the vast majority of them are from China and speak next to no English and thus do not interact with the population at large in any meaningful way. If you're an American, you're stuck with a bunch of white guys. Bottom line.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus security is lax and doesn't really bother people, but the judicial system is vindictive and accusatory.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: No real hassles or issues on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Work hard, play hard. There's usually a party to go to and a few spots in Troy to go to.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek is the way to go to maximize your social life but it's ok to be non-greek. Housing is available and spans every type - from run down to pretty nice (for college!)

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in greek housing so I'm not sure how difficult/easy it is to find other off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Every student is required to have a laptop. Most buy one through the school's discount program. Wifi access across campus is great.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Mech Engineering - very rigorous but I think the degree with be well worth the effort due to the school's excellent reputation for job placement.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is okay but very expensive!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not enough assistance! The school is very expensive!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The ECAV is an awesome facility!! School spirit at attended events is always high.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several places to eat off-campus, including a few for late night take out.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is no very diverse but there are no issues of intolerance.

5 College Freshman

Computers: It's a tech school. It's kind of what we do. So the networks and computers you can buy here are only the best. And the computer help is amazing. The computer science majors here will fix all your problems at the help desk. However every one here has a computer so there are no labs.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you want to learn to be an engineer and make some money come here if you think you can handle the rigorous courses! Only downside would be foreign teachers that you can't understand but for the most part the education here is superb. It's the reason I came here in the first place and the reason I'm still here.

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Cara Riverso
Hometown
Holmes, NY
Major
Chemical Engineering
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RPI provides many advantages to its students-the most important of those are the prospects post-graduation. This is perhaps the most compelling reason to come to RPI-although the economy has been slow in the past few years, most graduates find their way into the workforce with decent entry-level jobs. The school itself is very challenging and provides an education and a name that few other universities can match (especially in the science and engineering fields). The social life isn't what you can find at other schools, but there are still fun things to do if you're willing to look for them; students who get into the social scene tend to remain friends with the people they meet, even after graduation.

Before deciding if RPI is where you want to spend your college years, be sure to take into account a few important points. The first is that this is not a party school-work comes first. Partying is fine, but not at the expense of schoolwork. If you can't manage your time well, you won't be staying in Troy for long. The second thing to remember is the male-to-female ratio is three to one. The third is the weather. This isn't a pleasant place for most of the school year. If you're from the Northeast, you should be fine, but if you haven't seen snow before, you might be in for a shock. If you can handle these things and are serious about one of the courses of study that RPI offers, then RPI is your ticket to a good education and a promising post-college life.

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