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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is a private, technical institution. It educates the leaders of tomorrow's technologically based companies. Programs are offered through the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. The education takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms with revitalized undergraduate curricula that have won three prestigious awards in the last two years. Hands-on undergraduate research and team-based projects are the hallmark of an exciting and rigorous curriculum. Campus life beyond the classroom includes 23 NCAA sports and over 130 clubs and governmental activities. Its 260-acre campus is located in Troy, 15 miles from Albany.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,265
   Women 1,980 (31.6%)
   Men 4,285 (68.4%)
Graduate Students 1,177
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 44% of 18,524 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.88
SAT Math 714 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 656 average
610-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $68,244
  Tuition and Fees $50,797
  Room and Board $14,630
Average Percent of Need Met 86%
Average Freshman Award $41,926
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 404
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 27% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Troy Population 49,974
Nearest Metropolitan Area Albany, NY
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Red Hawk
Sororities 16% of women participate
Fraternities 21% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
12.6% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
9.8% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.0% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 11.3% from 41 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 60.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 18.0%