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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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5 College Freshman

Academics: Teach you information, not how to get good grades

5 College Freshman

Academics: RPI has one of the most rigorous academic curriculum in the country; the teachers and TAs are phenomenal.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Because so many people are engineers, there are many resources available to me as far as tutoring, job placement, etc.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: RPI is one of the best engineering schools in the country. Rigorous coursework, but professors and TAs are available for office hours. If not an engineer, most students are either an architect major or management major.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 261st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 323rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 427th
    Best Registration Process
  • 663rd
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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Students have mixed opinions about the classes at RPI. Most agree that the professors are, as a whole, very smart. However, their ability to communicate that knowledge to students is variable. Some are excellent in relating to students, while others can barely speak fluent English. Another claim against professors is that they are too concerned with researching and getting published to put the time and effort into doing a good job teaching.

Your best bet is to talk to an upperclassman who has taken classes with professors before, and find out who is good and who to avoid. A student's interest in the subject also plays a huge role in deciding how much he or she will enjoy and take from a class. Pick a major that you're going to enjoy, but also pick one that you've got a good feeling about-again, talk to other students in the programs, because your major will make a huge difference. RPI is a demanding school, and students here are expected to do a lot of work, both inside and outside the classroom. If you are not truly avid about your field of study, you may find it hard to keep yourself motivated to get all your work done.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Information Technology
  • Lally School of Management & Technology
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Science (Rensselaer at Hartford)
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Computer Science: 3%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 3%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 6%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Café
  • Folsom Library
  • Java++ Café
  • Student Union
  • Voorhees Computing Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your e-mail regularly.
  • Don't be afraid to dispute bad grades.
  • Get to know upperclassmen in your major.
  • Keep up with your work.
  • Know your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Manage your time well.
Did You Know?
With an adviser's assistance and approval, it is possible to create your own major at RPI.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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