Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

Michelle
What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who expect that college is a breeze and requires little to no work.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who expect that college is a breeze and requires little to no work.

What's unique about your campus?

The determination and drive of the students to acheive no matter what the odds or cicumstances are.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself as a high scool senior not to waste so much time analyzing and agonizing over deicsions, because life should be spent living and not thinking about living. I would also tell myself not to hide so much of my personality when meeting people because in the words of the Bernard Baruch, the people that matter don't mind and the people that do mind, don't matter. There are many little lessons I have learned and they are as follows: go to class on time and sit in the front, go to office hours because they are actually helpful, don't sacrifice eating or sleeping, don't do homework the night before it is due, work before you play and you will not be as stressed, take leadership positions as a freshman representive, and lastly to be wary of social networking sites, and their ability to take up hours of time.

James
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would definitely have myself work on my study habits. I never studied in high school, and when i got to college, it was totally different. I barely made it through freshman year with passing grades. My first college exam grade was a 35, so i would tell myself that and begin to work on study habits.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish i had known about the fact that there are very few women here.

Gregory
Describe the students at your school.

Every man for themselves. Sure I'll give you the answer, but I won't tell you how to get it! I'm better than you because I al...

Describe the students at your school.

Every man for themselves. Sure I'll give you the answer, but I won't tell you how to get it! I'm better than you because I always get perfect scores on exams - and I have a social life! REALLY?!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

You know that you want to be an engineer; you are a girl; you want to brag about being in a new ivy; you like managing your finances even if you only take loans; you are rich and could pay 40+ thousands per semester without financial aid; YOU WANT A GOOD JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you want to be an engineer, you better have taken plenty of AP courses! If you haven't - don't even try to get into elite engineering schools; you may be able to get in, but you won't make it long - unless you are both determined and persistent. Your best bet would be a state school. Don't choose a college because you saw the awesome laboratory facilities - take a look at the course curriculum and look at how many undergraduate courses indicate hands-on experience - chances are there won't be many. If research is your thing, figure out what opportunities are available by visiting the department website of your choice. Contact professors while still in college! The professors will never refuse to talk to you - although there is no guarantee that you will get far. The question you need to ask is: Do you need undergraduate assistants? Typically elite schools have far-better graduate programs than undergraduate, so make sure you know exactly what to expect. Do not base your choice on social life ratings of the school - the extraverts make these ratings - you will always be able to find the right group of people!

Eric
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

RPI is an easy-going, not-too-competitive, engineering school with a strong greek life representation, and a wide array of cl...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

RPI is an easy-going, not-too-competitive, engineering school with a strong greek life representation, and a wide array of clubs to join, sports to play, and other activities to partake in.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Let the student pick the school, not the parents. If the student doesn't have their say in where they go to school, he or she may not have the experience that college should be. Pick your top few schools, and go take a tour of each of them. Ask the tour guide questions that are relevant to you and that would help you make your decision. Once you have decided on a school and are accepted, make the most of it. These four years are the last you will have to yourself before you get a real job in the real world and have to settle down. Join some clubs. If you don't like them, you can always quit, but at least you will know what you truly do and don't enjoy. Try new things that you think you might be interested in. The worst that can happen is that you find you don't like something, and the best is that you find a new interest or skill you never knew you had. College is the time of your life. Study hard, but make the most of life while you can.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

College is not like high school. You cannot coast by without studying or applying yourself. You need to study outside of class, and if you don't your grades will suffer accordingly.

Katherine
Describe the students at your school.

Mostly males, but I like to say that we have a 50/50 ration because half of the guys don't leave their rooms. Students here ...

Describe the students at your school.

Mostly males, but I like to say that we have a 50/50 ration because half of the guys don't leave their rooms. Students here are very driven to do well. Most students are about the same intelligence but their are deffinetly some exceptional students.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

RPI is best known for its research in new technology and ideas. Here they push their students to think differently and solve the problem of the world. It is not just an engineering school anymore. It is becoming more of an Ivy Leangue school with problems in art and writing. RPI is also teaching students to go out there and start their own companies. It is an older school with a reputation of having excellent students who are the future of the workforce.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think the best advice I can give is if at all possible don't make price a factor in choosing a college. Go to the best college you can get in to, and to the college at makes you feel happy when you are there. It sounds so silly, but when you set foot on the campus, you know right away whether it is the one for you or not. If you are worried about paying for college there is always scholarships and financial aid that you can negociate if you really want to go there. I have known so many friends that went to state schools because they are cheaper, they are miserable now and therefore their schoolwork is slacking. Follow your heart, do what you love, work hard and concentrate on getting a great job after graduation to pay for those bills!

Nicholas
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit before selecting your school, and don't choose your school based solely on its reputation.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit before selecting your school, and don't choose your school based solely on its reputation.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The social life is lacking because people would much rather spend their time playing video games than outside or doing things with friends, this is worse in the winter months.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Don't come to this school if you're expecting to party more than one day per week, even if you're expecting to party once every week, as a freshman the chances are slim. If you're afraid of people who would rather play WoW or Rock Band on a Saturday night, stay away!

Michael
Describe the students at your school.

Hard working but out to have a good time.

Describe the students at your school.

Hard working but out to have a good time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known there was basically no english or foreign language requirement. I would not have taken so many AP's had I known.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Decide what kind of experience you want out of your future college. It is not imperative to decide your major ahead of time but you need to know whether you want to attend a university or lets say a technical school. Make sure you do your work, college is a lot harder than high school. At the same time, you should make sure you do not spend every waking minute with your head in a book. Go out and have fun, but do not over do it. The first year will set the tone for the rest of your college experience.

Kevin
What's unique about your campus?

The psychology department

What's unique about your campus?

The psychology department

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look at a large number of schools. Always eat at the dining hall when your there. Talk to students you see that aren't tour guides. Don't pick a school just because someone wants you too, Pick the school that feels right for you.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is more interested in social life than grades. Someone who prefers a big school. Someone who likes division 1 college sports.

Patrick
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worse thing about the school is the pressure of the workload. The students here are basically swamped with work from the...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worse thing about the school is the pressure of the workload. The students here are basically swamped with work from the first week on. The only way to not let it beat you is from the first day always do a bit of work each day. Pulling all nighters here is like academic suicide. It is certain that you will become stressed at some point here especially during mid-term and finals week but you have to learn how to cope.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students, pick the school based on what feels right. Not because you think you will party alot there or because it's what you think your parents want. No Matter where you go you will make the best of the situation around you. It's not always the place that makes the school fun but the people. My school is a smart Techi school full of engineers and science majors. and i'm not At first glance I thought it was going to be a nightmare as time went on a gained a love for the school and the people around here. We may not have huge blowout parties here but my group of freinds and i can make fun out of nothing. Parents stop pressuring your kid to go to a college where YOU want. Your time has passed let them live their lives make their own mistakes and learn their own lessons. The fact that they are going to a college should make you proud enough. Where i came from few have the opportunity to attend college let alone stay in one so consider yourselves lucky.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the school from a professional standpoint is its reputation and job availability after you leave. Socially there is alot of things to do whether it be partying or activities by the school. Plus there are about 6 other schools in the area so you won't be only socializing with RPI students.

Carmen
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a highly esteemed engineering school (also one of the oldest engineering schools.)

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a highly esteemed engineering school (also one of the oldest engineering schools.)

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Learn about the school from as many different resources as possible. Decide what your goals are and what you really want to get out of your college experience, and keep a record of them. Look back to it frequently throughout your college experience to remind yourself why you are there and what your desired end result is (it's ok if you need to make some changes over time.) It is absolutely okay to change your mind about your career path. Remember that you are preparing yourself for the rest of YOUR life. Seek out and take advantage of any opportunity to gain experience and learn more about your field. Take care of yourself, and try to maintain a healthy body (helps maintain a healthy mind!) Sleep IS necessary. Having a good GPA is not the only requirement for success. Remember that your peers in college may also be your peers in the workplace someday. Make time to do the things that make you happy.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The surrounding area is relatively dangerous. It's a low-income city, and there are crime alerts from on and off-campus at least a few times a year.

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