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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 6,265 full time undergraduate students, and 1,098 full time graduate students.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 420 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at RPI are considered More Selective, with ,68% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 94% were in the top quarter, and 65% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
149 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
116 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
157 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.
159 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
159 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
159 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
My actual majors were GSAS/EARTs with a minor in Computer Science. I was a student from 2015 to 2019.
Short story: Don't bother with this school.
I'll start off with a rant:
Shirley Jackson is a selfish person and has rigged the administration with people on a leash that keep her in power. The campus is kept cleanish and full of flora. Shirley keeps a full security guard around her at all times for whatever reason and gets scared when students do activities/art projects near her precious Troy building (she actually got Pubsafe to try to scare away my friend who was trying to record a 24hr timelapse of himself in front of the building). For one of our first events as freshmen, she had us all go down the giant hill overlooking Troy. She insisted everyone shake her hand on the way down even though she clearly hated it (I believe she's a bit of a germophobe). But what really irked me was how we were supposed to have this nice reception but had to eat off an ok buffet while sitting on the dirty sidewalks of Troy.
I particularly hate Troy. While a student, it didn't bother me as much since I didn't leave the Hill as much (the Hill is the neighborhood where RPI presides). I felt relatively safe since I would only walk on campus that was patroled fairly often by PubSafe. But as I got closer to graduation and soon after, I started to really hate the area. I no longer really felt safe with the increase in crime that I started noticing. Troy is also really poor and full of people who live off government handouts so the job market is left to young people who generally leave after graduating. Some stay but not all. I grew up/am still poor so I understand the struggle, but it still doesn't excuse stealing packages off of porches.
I also learned that the cameras in the RPI buildings don't really work usually and that the "safety" light/help tower things don't really work either. Those may just be rumors, but it's still concerning. Those shouldn't be rumors. ALSO, since the building was built on a hill, it's actually sliding slowly off of it. The buildings are too heavy and proof of this can be clearly seen at West Hall, where the ground (and part of the building at times) is brimming with cracks that just keep getting bigger. But I bet you that the only building that will get that taken care of is the million-dollar waste of money known as EMPAC. It was built under Shirley, of course. The rooms in there are not the easiest to schedule so it's not usually used. In my experience, it's mostly used for shows and for Shirley to show off to people.
Speaking of safety, I once worked for the administration. The people on the bottom are so overworked. When I worked for them, it honestly felt like no one cared. I wasn't trained well, we were told black mold was just dust, and we let weed go by as if it was just a "fruity smell" in the air. That last bit enraged me because I expected a weed-free dorm experience. It gets me nauseated every time I smell it so it bothers me even more than others.
Anyways, on to the actual school bit. I had a great time with the people I met and the professors I got to know. Unfortunately, all except two of those professors are gone now. The school was slowly pushing them out with budget cuts and toxicity. Some left due to retirement. The extracurriculars were nice, too. I didn't participate in much because I had to work part-time. But they were nice and fun and I met great people and got to try out cool things.
As for the actual academics... eh. Most of the professors I had were great and they knew what they were doing most of the time. At the very least, they could help me with my problems that I would encounter in Maya or Houdini. They also gave great feedback. After RPI, I worked at a VFX firm in the area for a bit before it closed due to loss of work due to Covid-19. Being in that field and looking for work now has made me realize that I was kinda taught Unity for no reason when I should've been taught Unreal Engine 4. Unity is still a good thing to know, but a lot of the companies I'm looking at now are using UE4 in some way or another. Even at the VFX firm, clients would sometimes come in asking if we knew UE4.
My favorite part of going there was the access to the big art programs (i.e Maya, Adobe Suite, etc) and the community feeling among the GSAS/EARTs students. Junior and Senior year were filled with group projects and Capstone projects. It was a very fun time filled with people in the same boat and a sense of accomplishment after each project. The most fun of all was Creative Seminar. Although the professor was not awesome, the class was. It was almost like we were a family. And getting a whole gallery space to ourselves where we could even design the space was amazing. I'll never forget it.
When it came to career help, there was very minimal help for the Arts departments coming from the CCPD (Career Center for Professional Development). It's been more than a decade (almost 2) since the school obtained a GSAS department and the CCPD still can't find someone that can properly judge a resume for an arts career or a games career, let alone a portfolio or a site. Thank goodness for professors.
I think that's all.
RPI is a school with a wonderful environment full of students who come together with a diverse set of ideas for the mutual purpose of pursuing education in science and technology. We all help each other out and stand together as a community through all years and majors. Everyone is different, but we are all there for the same purpose and that creates an environment of nerdiness and academia great for people from all sorts of backgrounds and ideals.
It is a good school with an even better reputation. There are definitely perks to going here such as big name company recruiters and top research facilities. Housing and food are not the best on campus but definitely plenty of restaurants in Troy. Professors are usually very helpful. Weather is very cold and geographically it is very hilly. There are plenty of clubs to join.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is 44%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
SAT scores and high school GPA's are a common focus among high schooler's looking to find where they belong . Average salaries and companies graduates work for is also seemingly important; but these factors are nothing more than statistics, they provide no information pertaining to the quality of life of the average student. Intellect and future prospects are important factors, but I wouldn't consider them deal making. I strong urge all high school students looking to find the college they belong in to go to campus when classes are in session and visit with some of the students. Talk to them and ask them how they are enjoying the scool and how they get along with their classmates. Find out if the amount of time they dedicate to their studies versus their social life is a balance you are comfortable with. Make sure that you can relate to the students there, that you can connect on multiple levels in multiple ways. Most of what I learned in college wasn't from the classroom, but from connecting with the people I bonded with there and undergoing the pitfalls of life together. Money and grades are transient; expereinces last forever.
We are all guys and nerds. There are no athletic people or girls.
For the most part, the nice thing is that there are enough socially ept people who leave there rooms that there's always new people to meet, and always people you know.
For me, the best thing about RPI is snowboarding. Before coming to RPI, I have never snowboarded but now I have the opportunity to go every weekend.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of things I would want to change.
My school is just about the right size. It is traditionally a "small" campus but I can't feel that. There are times I feel I have to walk far and wide to get to certain buildings.
Depending on where I am, people react differently to rpi. If I am talking to people that live near RPI but do not go there, they respond with admiration.
I spend most of my time in the student union or at my sorority.
I hear students complaining about RIBS. It stands for ratio-induced-bitch-syndrome. I see it very often in females.
There are some really phenomenal professors here, and some that are not so great. The one nice thing is that if you are looking for help, there's always someone who can at least point you in the right direction. You get out of it what you put in.
A cappella is the most popular student group at RPI.
It is a highly esteemed engineering school (also one of the oldest engineering schools.)
It offers a lot to those who seek more. There are over 300 clubs to choose from! For those who are research inclined can get researach as a freshman. The coursework is challenging and fulfilling if you are in the right major.
The facutly-student-administration dynamic.
My school is known for engineering
Liberal arts majors. Sorry, but RPI just doesn't cater. Also, if you want to take a foreign language, forget it.
A strong-minded person who is focused on academics but knows how to still have fun socially.
The work load is super hard, and sometimes to the point of it being discouraging. There is a disconnect between some of the teachers and the students but overall its just a hard school with hard classes.
We work hard and we play hard.
That most other students here came from schools with AP programs. If I knew I could have taken AP tests in high school and gotten out of "gen-ed" type courses, I would have pushed for more AP classes in my high school.
As a tech school, RPI is usually seen as a geek school. While there are the usual geeky things that happen, RPI is a diamond in the rough. Everyone is their own person. I have found some of my best friends here and I can say that there is no fair way to stereotype this school.
As far as athletic spectatorship, men's hockey is the most popular sport. Season tickets are popular and are sold at a celebration called the "hockey line." Hockey games are a blast! I love hockey, but I have friends who disliked sports and have been converted to hockey fans. The pep band is lively and humorous and the fans are enthusiastic. Men's and Women's are the only division I teams at RPI; all others are division III. For athletic participation, about 70 percent of the student body participates in an athletic endeavor. Options include varsity sports, club teams, intramurals, and athletically inclined clubs (which are not club sports since they do not compete against other schools). Walking around campus, I typically see a group of students playing a pick-up game of frisbee or soccer or football. I personally do not play on a team, but I run almost every day, so I include others like myself as part of the sports scene.
Founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological university.
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89% of students
attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute receive some sort of financial aid.
17% were awarded federal grants.
While 59% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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