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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses are very challenging, but manageable and the professors look out for you.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The career center on campus is very helpful and supportive.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is very secure and makes me feel safe and at ease.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of choices, so it's easy to find whatever you're looking for.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life likes to take action and support the community.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everybody gets really excited when the hockey team plays.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't had a class yet, but, from what I can tell, all of the teachers seem like they want their students to succeed. The courses are challenging.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a suite and it was great! We had our own kitchen, bathroom and living space. The hardest parts would be cost for post-freshman housing and the age of the buildings, most of which were built a very long time ago.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a very active Greek life: constantly taking on charity projects and hosting events for students. They are a good community and they help out the school in general.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is academically rigorous. The professors are all generally passionate about what they are teaching. There is a disconnect, however, between the administration and the students' needs.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The nightlife is decent. If you go out and make friends, you'll have a great time. I've personally never had an issue finding things to do. All you need to do is be outgoing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is what you make of it. There are some pretty fun parties here and then, but nothing crazy.

5 College Freshman

Academics: RPI, as many have said, is predominantly an engineering school. However, all of our programs are very strong and many opportunities exist for students to participate in research opportunities, etc. As they always say, "it all pays off on graduation day."

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: RPI isn't the most diverse school in the world, but there are many people from many different backgrounds to engage with. The gender ratio has been getting better as well as diversity on campus, but there is still a lot more work to be done. People tend to be super accepting of their peers.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Definitely better than at a state school or other private university; people do drugs and drink but it's not really going to determine your social life.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are challenging and give a decent amount of work outside of class. If you get behind, you will struggle, but otherwise as long as you keep up with the work it isn't bad. The professors that I have had also seem very approachable, especially for the more intro level courses.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: RPI is widely known in engineering, and we have a very large career fair every semester that plenty of people use to make connections with companies for internships and jobs after graduation. The career center is incredibly busy around this time offering seminars on interview skills and resume building. They are a huge asset that a lot of the campus takes advantage of.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus public safety officers are a great resource and truly only have the students' best interests at heart. The keep the campus very safe.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I only stayed in an on campus dorm freshman year. Everyone on the floor was pretty friendly towards each other, and I know plenty of people that met their best friends because they were on the same floor.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm in Greek life and from what it seems almost all parties are thrown by fraternities, but open to all RPI students. Aside from parties, a lot of the Greek community goes out of its way to hold fun events on campus to raise money for charities and help out at events like accepted students day, etc. Most chapters on campus have a house so after freshman year, most Greeks choose to live in house as it is much cheaper than the on-campus housing.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The only D1 team at RPI is hockey, and they tend to do alright. Going to the games during the season is usually a fun thing to do on a Friday night with a few friends. All the other sports aren't too popular with the general student population.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had a great experience at my current university. I found a place with many like minds and joined a fraternity of which I am now the President. I made the correct decision to come to RPI. The classes are challenging and there are so many opportunities for research, so I'm always learning.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are going to challenge you. But through it all, you will learn to manage your time, learn to work with others in a group, and receive a great education that will certainly prepare you for your professional career. It's up to the individual student to put in the time necessary to succeed and the reward is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is incredibly diverse. We embrace the fact that we come from different origins and have different beliefs. Campus is very friendly and very accepting.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are out there, just like they are anywhere in the world. Just be smart and stay away from the wrong people.

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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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