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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Interesting classes, engaged faculty, supportive staff.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Neither as bad or as good as anyone who goes here will tell you.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The classes are much harder than expected and the department for my major is very small. I wish I would have looked into schools with a better program for my major. I have enjoyed my time at RPI, but have always wondered if a different school would have been a better fit for me.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: RPI has given me an opportunity to to learn a lot of new things and meet a lot of great people. All of the students are willing to help each other, and most of the professors care about their field and are willing to help. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research, which is a great was to continue to learn new things about your major and apply them in a useful way.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: RPI has a very large Greek scene and presence on campus. There are parties a lot, but they're typically very good (not TOO many people, not crazy). It's easy to find somewhere on campus to feel comfortable partying.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown has some really great places to get food. It's just that they close early for a college town.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: There are definitely some changes that need to be made, but there's very little administration interference with students (on a day-to-day basis), which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish I had been able to get a bit more, but I'm still able to go there with the amount of aid I received. Something like 99% of students receive aid.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's limited variety, but it's edible.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some housing options are better than others. I was happy with what I had. The fellow students within my residence hall are some of my closest friends due to our similar interests.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of off-campus housing around the school. Much cheaper than dorm housing

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good food mostly downtown. Lots of little shops and restaurants

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats take up the party scene. It's there if you want it, and not there if you don't

3 College Freshman

Administration: They don't really do much. They're kinda just there.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Got money, appealed to try and get more, couldn't.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Terrible. Minimal choices, same things over and over again. Either tasteless or gross.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got into a sophomore dorm so it's pretty nice. Spacious, not very social though.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I say bad because the surrounding streets off of RPI are very dangerous and the properties are clearly neglected. But the amount of money being saved is worth it all.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great mix of places to eat, chains and locally owned places. From cheap hangout places to nicer classy places, Troy has it all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They say that they dont tolerate a lot of things, but in reality, when problems arise they are met with a stern warning.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly other fraternity and sorority members go, and if you arent a girl you have to get someone you know in that fraternity to get you on the list.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office was very helpful, and was great to work with. I wish there was an option for it went smoothly, but I am still working on getting more aid. I still have expenses that I need to pay for that come out of pocket that I dont really have the money for.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything usually tastes alright. Sometimes there is no food available during the transitions from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner, which I have seen take up to 45 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is really convenient, next to cafeterias, and classes.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It can be difficult at times.

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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.

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