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3 College Freshman

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

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.

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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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is great! Lots of places to eat and have fun.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is not all that strict.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scenes at this school is okay. It's not too crazy.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process wasn't too bad. Just apply for the scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food on campus is not that bad. sometimes it can get boring and repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, living on campus is a great experience. The dorms are pretty clean and spacious.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: As a freshman, I never used all my swipes for the week. It was really nice to be able to get To-Go meals with the extra swipes. The dining halls close earlier on Fridays and Saturdays, which was inconvenient as an athlete getting back from an event around 7pm and not having dinner available.

Flex is wonderful!

One way to get around being forced to have a meal plan Sophomore year is to go Greek and live in your respective house.

They are slowly coming up with more meal plan options for people to cater to our needs, but it's a working progress.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: One good thing is proximity to classes if you live on freshman hill or the Sophomore dorms in the same area. Blitman (Sophomore and up housing) is extremely isolated since it is down the hill toward downtown Troy (but it has it's own dining hall). Barton Hall is the newest dorm available to freshmen. BARH is further from academic campus than the other freshman options, but also has it's own dining hall and a mini-store with food.

Most of the dorms are very old. Only Barton has air conditioning (as far as I know). Another negative is that when I was a freshman, I was in a forced triple in BARH (normally a room for 2 people, forced to fit 3. So that was fun).

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing off campus that is really reasonable as for price, but the problem is that you can't live off campus till being a junior.

3 College Student

Local Area: The local scene is really nice, because there are usually many things going on. But, the negative aspect though is that the town is a bit dangerous, because its citizens are mostly poor/uneducated so there are a lot of bad things going on as well.

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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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