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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Pricey, but great experience and excellent facilities

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Excellent facilities, lower level sports very popular

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: RPI is first and foremost a hardcore technical school, so sports are not a major part of campus life, with the notable exception of D1 hockey. We have a very rabid hockey fanbase, and it's a central part of school spirit. Most of the typical major and minor sports exist, but they don't have much of a following. There is a sizable amount of participation in intramural sports, but that scene is dominated by fraternities. Unless you're a hockey player, you don't go to RPI for sports.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Being able to explore many different clubs and activities. The student union is a great place to start to get involved with others that share your interest. In art, science, computers, or culture.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They take a lot of time going over safety

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a very good school with very goodopportunities

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: RPI has a good reputation among employers

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: not big but the parties attract a lot of people ....a lot of drinking

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Non one really cares about them

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people here are very nice but bad weather and a lot of work.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's good housing and the options are nice as well. In warmer times of the year, there is AC available and during colder times the heat is turned up. The housing process is very easy to get used to, and most are near the same quality of housing.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that major of a thing at RPI, but a good number of students participate in it. The greek life and non greek life students are treated equally and not viewed in different manners.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a lot of support for hockey, but not as much for other sports. There is a lot of school spirit in the hockey games and the athletic facilities in school are well kept and taken care of.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a good school and the teachers are very invested in the success of the students. The quality of education is very high and there are many resources that can be taken advantage of if needed.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The classes are challenging and many of them do have a heavy workload. The registration process is relatively simple. While 16 credits is considered the "norm" for a semester, many programs seem to require more credits each semester.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe walking on campus alone as a woman, even at night. There are many call boxes on campus, and public safety is in the heart of campus and patrols the area. Many of the thefts, etc. are not by students, and most buildings do require ID access.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I've lived in three dorms. One was a double in the Freshman 5, and was pretty clean and new. There were study rooms, a lounge, and kitchen. It was the most typical hallway-style dorm, and the most social. The other two dorms were older and closer to campus. They were in a townhouse style where up to 24 students entered through their own entrance and were separate from other stacks. They were more worn-down, but had more character and were cheaper. Amenities were a bit smaller - I'd have to go outside to get to laundry.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Our school is big on hockey because we're D1, and have several traditions such as the Big Red Freakout and the hockey line. Many people participate in other sports, on both the varsity and intramural level.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it easier to get to class and to take advantage of events and opportunities. Getting to know the people who live on your floor, as well as other floors, is a great way to make friends and to enjoy dorm life more.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Unless it's the men's hockey team, there is not a massive following of the particular sports by people who have never played them. However, the sports teams preform well at their games/meets. The athletic facilities are new, modern, and well kept.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Every dorm building requires ID card access, and if you don't live in that building, you don't have access. There are posts all over campus with blue emergency lights and emergency call phones. I feel very safe on campus, regardless of what time it is.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors give more than enough office hours and are willing to meet with you even if you can't attend office hours. As long as you plan out when you are going to do homework, study, and get out of your room, the workload is manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes usually aren't very much over 100 with the exception of chemistry 1, you can always find help somewhere.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Companies that seem to be way out of your league are at career fairs, happy to look over your resume and even to offer you an internship. The career center holds workshops to help you learn to build a strong, interesting resume that will help you in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty much anything you want, you have access to. However, there is no pressure at all to drink or do drugs and people that choose not to don't seem to be treated any differently.

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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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