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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Overview

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution located in Troy, New York. The city atmosphere of Troy makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Known For?

1,359 Undergraduate Awards
$47,127 Avg Cost After Aid
43% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at RPI is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at RPI.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, RPI bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $82,000 a year. That's about 101% more than their peers at other schools.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, RPI is ranked #51 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #5 out of 149 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

RPI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RPI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Architecture (Other) Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Chemistry Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Engineering Technologies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Architecture & Related Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards RPI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#43 Best Schools Grad Degree

Where Is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

Location of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Contact details for RPI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 110 8Th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone: 518-276-6000
Website: www.rpi.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RPI.EDU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rpinews

How Do I Get Into RPI?

You can apply to RPI online at: admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/admission/index.html

Admission Requirements for RPI

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into RPI?

43% Acceptance Rate
33% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to RPI. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 43%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 67% of accepted students are men and 33% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 47%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to RPI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 730. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 640 to 730 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 680 to 770 )
200
800
RPI received ACT scores from 34% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 28 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

$47,127 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RPI is $47,127. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RPI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,358 a year. That adds up to $41,432 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RPI is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,607 Full-Time Undergraduates
32% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,628 undergraduate students at RPI, with 6,607 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  RPI

There are also 1,267 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,607 full-time undergraduates at RPI, 68% are male and 32% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RPI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RPI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 896
Black or African American 265
Hispanic or Latino 618
White 3,330
International Students 999
Other Races/Ethnicities 499

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 69 countries are represented at RPI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 197 34 14 245
Mechanical Engineering 191 22 12 225
Chemical Engineering 115 2 10 127
Electrical Engineering 83 28 16 127
Business Administration & Management 76 28 6 110
Biomedical Engineering 85 13 12 110
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 77 13 6 96
Computer Engineering Technology 72 5 2 79
Civil Engineering 52 16 5 73
General Architecture 58 0 0 58
Physics 39 8 6 53
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 52 0 52
Applied Mathematics 0 48 0 48
Mathematics 43 0 5 48
Computer Information Systems 15 29 0 44
Materials Engineering 26 6 12 44
Industrial Engineering 33 1 0 34
Nuclear Engineering 22 4 7 33
Chemistry 23 3 6 32
Architectural Sciences & Technology 3 23 2 28
General Biology 20 4 4 28
Design & Applied Arts 27 0 0 27
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 1 4 21
Environmental Engineering 13 2 0 15
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 13 0 0 13
Health/Medical Prep Programs 12 0 0 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 3 0 7 10
Systems Engineering 0 4 5 9
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 9 0 0 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 8 0 8
Cognitive Science 7 1 0 8
General Psychology 8 0 0 8
Science, Technology & Society 1 3 3 7
Economics 6 1 0 7
General Visual & Performing Arts 4 0 3 7
Architecture (Other) 0 6 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 1 2 1 4
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 3 0 0 3
Interdisciplinary Studies 2 1 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 0 3
Philosophy 1 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Operations Research 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,359 368 148 1,875

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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