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

Weather: It is really cold most of the year, but I like the snow.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't a lot to walk to from campus. Troy has some shops and the farmer's market is good when the weather is nice.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety is always driving around campus. It's good to avoid walking around campus alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are a bit far from classes, but there are shuttles.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I typically don't go to parties because I don't drink and I don't really like the party atmosphere.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have not gotten an internship yet, but I'm working on getting research for over the summer.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So far, I really like my major, Materials Engineering. It is not a major that is offered at many schools.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most students buy the laptop that the school provides. The wireless internet is really fast when it's working.

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Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet looked in to off-campus housing, but I heard from an upper classman that off-campus housing is worth it. It saves a lot of money and is close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants nearby, but I don't usually go to them because eating out is expensive and I get enough food with my meal plan.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the campus. The percentage of people in Greek Life is astounding at this school. The Greeks here provide a social structure that does help many "nerds" get out for often the first times in their lives. They do other things besides party too though. You will find Greek Life running many student wide events and enriching the community.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is usually a lot and expect to learn a ton. However, many professors are foreign and may not be ideal. There is a lot of TA use, especially in your first year.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: It is easy to get into a program once you are here. Most first year classes are quite similar so what you can do is quite flexible. Changing majors is super easy. To get in here and do well though, a lot of math and hard work is expected of you.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently a mechanical engineer and I thoroughly enjoy it. A significant amount of math but I definitely learn a lot about what I will be doing in the future.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We're famous for our engineering school ratio. Not a lot of girls here and most are nerdy. But it's really not that bad, there are definitely some great people here, you just have to put yourself out there.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There seems to be a variety at first but eventually I ended up spending all of my flex dollars getting food outside of the dining halls. For the most part, payment is pretty much a rip off too.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: You get CDTA rides for free so that will take you all around the capital district but it may take you a while and be a pain. Eventually either you can bring your car to campus or find a friend with a car and that helps a lot. On campus shuttles are okay but are really only practical if you live in a few places or for specific destinations.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I worry about some of the townies as there have been several assaults on students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm MUCH happier at RPI then I was in high school.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: It's not at all easy but I think I made the right choice

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It starts out okay but by the end of the year the food sucks ass

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are difficult but, as long as I graduate, I will be successful.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I love love LOOOVVVEEE the EMPAC center but I have no excuse to go.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I don't know, there's not too much to do here in Troy

College Freshman

Parking: I don't drive so I'm not sure about the parking situation.

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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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