Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Summary

To read more stats, student author overviews, and student reviews, visit

Russel Sage Laboratory

Basic Statistics

Troy, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
44 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Education
  • Computer network
  • Fraternity parties
  • Big Red Freakout

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Male-to-female ratio
  • Weather
  • Anti-social student population

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

RPI Student Reviews

{{ error }}
3 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

More college search features like this can be seen at

© 2014 Inc.