Guys & Girls

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

Guys & Girls: Most people are really nerdy, but not everyone is.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a very high proportion of men to women, and the few women on campus are not the best for relationships

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people here are wonderful! Most are very hardworking, which is how they got into the school in the first place, and they put their education first before anything. Both the guys and the girls are generally down to earth, and the girls especially are very cool because of this- I have less difficulty finding girls that I can be good friends with, who do not have the cattiness quality that a lot of the girls in my hometown have. Both guy and girl will dress nicely for classes, and they are all quirky, intelligent people who can hold enlightening conversations.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People do not have very strong or unique outward personalities, generally here - there are a few one-of-a-kind characters, the rest seem pretty mainstream. Students are generally very friendly and hard-working and some people are more interesting at a more personal level, once taken out of the context of the larger school culture.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: RPI campus is composed most of male students. The majority of both guys and girls are introverted, intelligent, academically ambitious, studious types. The dating scene is a little stagnant.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Smartest Guys
  • 31st
    Smartest Girls
  • 411st
    Friendliest Guys
  • 602nd
    Party Girls
  • 677th
    Friendliest Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Hometown
Holmes, NY
Major
Chemical Engineering
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The men at RPI outnumber the women by better than three to one, and that makes it hard on both sides. For women, most of the guys seem to be dorks or jocks, and of the good guys left most seem to be taken. For guys, the numbers aren't favorable, even factoring in the women from Russell Sage; what girls are available seem to become stuck up because they're in such a minority that they can afford to be very choosy.

The dating situation at RPI is a tough one. Women run into trouble finding guys they consider decent, and men have the same problem. A lot of people say Sage is a good place to look; but before you get too excited, keep in mind that it's an all-girls school and overall quite different from RPI. Persistence and patience are two necessary virtues anyone at RPI looking for a partner must practice.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
29%
Male Undergrads
71%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
With discounts available on certain products at the Rensselaer Student Health Center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
Fraternity parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Fraternity parties
  2. The football field
  3. The library
Social Scene
Bars and fraternity parties are the most happening places on campus.
Hookups or Relationships?
There aren't a lot of hookups. More people are involved in relationships than anything else.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Bars and parties on the weekends are the best places to meet up with classmates after a hectic week or form new relationships.
Dress Code
Casual. There are a few people who put a lot of effort into their appearance, but for the most part, a T-shirt and jeans will get you by without a problem. Occasionally, you will see a student wearing suit and tie for an interview or a presentation, but this is not a classy place. For every shirt and tie you see, you will also see someone who just rolled out of bed and is wearing sweatpants and a hoodie with a hat to hide their disheveled hair. Even most of the professors do not usually get more dressed up than the students' standard of casual comfort.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% Casual dating at your school
  • 19% Long-distance relationship
  • 19% None
  • 17% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 13% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 6% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 13% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 61% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 23% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 54% Get to know your hallmates
  • 46% Join clubs

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Nerdy
  • 33% Nerdy trying to be a college bro.

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Fraternity parties

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