Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

892 reviews
  1. Troy, NY
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180
Website

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
SAT Range
1300-1490
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$36,374/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,151/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,623/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,677/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,166/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,371/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,598Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Nerdy
    49%
  • Driven
    20%
  • Motivated
    17%
  • Nerdy trying to be a college bro.
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.73 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Why not change the world?
    65%
  • A bunch of nerds.
    16%
  • A community of innovative and creative minds.
    16%
  • A bunch of nerds with potential
    3%

After Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$81,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

Reviews

892 reviews
  • Excellent
    129
  • Very Good
    306
  • Average
    356
  • Poor
    63
  • Terrible
    38
The Career and Center for Professional Development (CCPD) is the best. They're so helpful! They answer any questions you may have, they help you in all sorts of ways from helping you create a resume to doing mock interviews with you so that you can be prepared for that real internship!

There is a career fair every semester which recruit a lot of people here (the CompSci majors are especially wanted this year). It is SUPER helpful for those who want to look at summer internships or co-ops or full-time jobs after graduation or during the summer.

Most CS majors (I speak of them because I am of them) leave here with jobs so that's saying something. As a games major, we also leave with internships and careers ahead of us, but more importantly we leave with A LOT of connections.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
All students should know coming into RPI that it is not an 'easy' school whatsoever. It is extremely difficult to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, or even one near it as the courses here are definitely made to challenge you and make you think. The course loads for certain classes are less than others, but still require just as much effort if you want to pass. There are many high school students who come into RPI thinking that they can get by without studying for tests as they did in high school, which is a big misconception. STUDY! The professors are usually very friendly and want students to do well in the course, so make sure to make use of office hours to go over any problems. Class sizes will diminish as you move up in grade as courses become more specific to major. Overall, I can say that the classes I have taken so far are very useful, none of them considered to be a waste of my time.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
The courses are challenging (even if they seem easy at first, you're wrong). The professors are well versed and love what they do (at least the Games professors and Comp Sci and Math professors are). There are so many types of classes I can take. The classes sizes are generally small.

The campus is beautiful. It sits atop a hill overlooking downtown Troy, next to a big beautiful park, and a 15 minute drive away from the Amtrak Rensselaer station and Albany.

It only takes 3 hours to get to NYC, which is nice when I want to go back home for an event or for funsies.

The campus is also a decent size. It is not hard at all to traverse around campus, the resident/greek houses, and the city of Troy itself.

The food is decent. They change it up often. I personally love Sage dining hall. It's fancy, on my way back from classes, and it has a variety of food choices from pizza to tacos to burgers to salads to sandwiches to corn to meatloaf to hot dogs to gyros to ratatouille... the list goes on and on, but they don't always have all these options! They switch it up. It does get a little boring sometimes, though. That is natural, though, especially if you grew up with anything but what they are serving.

I love the community there and the people I have met.

It does get annoying hearing about how our president makes so much money and is getting yet another prize and yet our tuition is still outrageous and our resident hall is still old, without AC, and with only one door to enter through (which sucks especially when you have to take about 200 extra steps to get to the garbage when you could have easily taken the door that IS LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GARBAGE, but no. For some reason, all the doors have been "taken offline" and we have to walk all the way around to throw away our garbage.)
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago