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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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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

Academics: Academics are rigorous at RPI . It is extremely difficult to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and no one really expects to do it. But it is very easy to fall behind in classes if you do not give it your best effort in terms of studying for tests or preparing class material. Registering for classes and getting a spot is hard if you are a freshman or sophomore since space is often limited, especially in classes where everyone has to take it (math, science), so if you have AP credits, my advice is to use them. But when you cannot get into a required class, oftentimes professors will be willing to sign you in unless there is a large wait list or other slots available.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are rigorous. The curriculum is heavy compared to curriculums of friends at other engineering schools. The workload is excessive. The library is a popular study area especially around finals week (there are not many study rooms beware).

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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Students have mixed opinions about the classes at RPI. Most agree that the professors are, as a whole, very smart. However, their ability to communicate that knowledge to students is variable. Some are excellent in relating to students, while others can barely speak fluent English. Another claim against professors is that they are too concerned with researching and getting published to put the time and effort into doing a good job teaching.

Your best bet is to talk to an upperclassman who has taken classes with professors before, and find out who is good and who to avoid. A student's interest in the subject also plays a huge role in deciding how much he or she will enjoy and take from a class. Pick a major that you're going to enjoy, but also pick one that you've got a good feeling about-again, talk to other students in the programs, because your major will make a huge difference. RPI is a demanding school, and students here are expected to do a lot of work, both inside and outside the classroom. If you are not truly avid about your field of study, you may find it hard to keep yourself motivated to get all your work done.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
376
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
86
Total FT Faculty
528
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$104,641
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 37%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Information Technology
  • Lally School of Management & Technology
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Science (Rensselaer at Hartford)
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Computer Science: 3%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 3%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 6%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Café
  • Folsom Library
  • Java++ Café
  • Student Union
  • Voorhees Computing Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your e-mail regularly.
  • Don't be afraid to dispute bad grades.
  • Get to know upperclassmen in your major.
  • Keep up with your work.
  • Know your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Manage your time well.
Did You Know?
With an adviser's assistance and approval, it is possible to create your own major at RPI.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 57 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 29 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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