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

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

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's one of the top engineering schools in the country.

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

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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
Hometown
Holmes, NY
Major
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
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
376
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
86
Total FT Faculty
528
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$104,641
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 42% George W.G. Ferris - inventor of the ferris wheel
  • 17% George Low - NASA leader, Apollo Space Program
  • 17% J. Erik Jonsson - founder of Texas Instruments
  • 17% Ray Tomlinson - father of e-mail
  • 8% Allen DuMont - cathode ray tube inventor
  • 0% Sheldon Roberts - silicon semiconductor inventor
  • 0% Kevin Constantine - NHL coach
  • 0% Adam Oates - NHL player
  • 0% Joe Juneau - NHL player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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