Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

870 reviews
  1. Troy, NY
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.38 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 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 16 responses
Report
  • Nerdy
    63%
  • Nerdy trying to be a college bro.
    25%
  • Driven
    6%
  • Motivated
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.57 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Why not change the world?
    58%
  • A bunch of depressed, antisocial nerds.
    17%
  • A bunch of nerds.
    17%
  • Math nerds playing being cool college bros.
    8%

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%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.17 responses

Reviews

870 reviews
  • Excellent
    117
  • Very Good
    299
  • Average
    353
  • Poor
    63
  • Terrible
    38
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
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.
  • College Junior
  • 3 months ago