Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

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

RPI's students and professors are excellent but their administration is highly unpopular and not at all transparent.

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

RPI's students and professors are excellent but their administration is highly unpopular and not at all transparent.

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

My advice to people trying to find the right college for them is that academics, while very important, should only be one consideration in the search. You'll find a number of different colleges that fit your academic needs. To choose among them, look at things such as class sizes and the size of the university. Consider how far away it is from where you live. More importantly, get an idea of the type of student that goes there. Procrastinators want to avoid a university that doesn't let you breath from the amount of coursework. Likewise, a hardworking and dedicated student should avoid a more laid back school. If you don't drink, avoid schools notorious for drinking. All of these things i've mentioned will be better learned from a current student than a member of the administration. Administrators and staff can't tell you everything. Ask the students; they have no obligation to lie to you.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about the talents and knowledge of my friends at my school, what i've learned at my school, and the facilities my school has.

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

it is very expensive and since it is a private school you won't necessarily get financial aid to accomidate your need.

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

Try not to compromise your education for money. There are loans and financial aid so there in no excuse to not go to the college you want.

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

The best thing you can od to find the right college is to visit them as much as possible. I don't mean only the official tou...

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

The best thing you can od to find the right college is to visit them as much as possible. I don't mean only the official tour, but also overnights and if you have any friends who go there see if they could host you for a day and spend some time on the campus talking with people. One of the largest reasons that I choose my school is that during a high school trip to the campus we ate lunch in one of the dining halls and I found that I did like the idning hall and had a good itme speaking with many of the students there. The official presentations are useful in factual knowledge, but nothing can compare to being on campus for a day to figure out that you do like the atmosphere.

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

The pressure is probably the worst part of my school. Many of the people who were accepted are very accomplished compared to myself, both in terms of GPA and general life experience. There's a lot of pressure to do better than you have in the past, but many times you will fail and have no idea why.

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

I am receiving a high quality top-notch education at an elite institution. I am honored to be attending RPI

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

I am receiving a high quality top-notch education at an elite institution. I am honored to be attending RPI

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

Finding the college that is "right" for your child is essential to their long-term success. The right college is the one that fits your child's needs in every area. You must give careful consideration to how your child fits in academically. Your child's GPA and SAT and /or ACT scores should fall in the colleges median range. The college should offer the extra-curricular activities that your child will want to participate in. Make sure the size of the institution fits with your child's personality. Some kids thrive in large public university settings while others get lost. Sometimes, it's best to be "a big fish in a small pool." The geographical location of the school should also be given consideration. Many activities are driven by location. Lastly, give careful consideration to the costs. Public universities are subsidized by the state and federal government, making them more affordable. Private institutions are more costly, but have more funds available to award for top notch academic candidates. By researching all colleges and universities in the country using the critieria outlined above, I know you will find the college that is RIGHT for your child.

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

Come to RPI if you like snow, and have a lot of money.

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

Come to RPI if you like snow, and have a lot of money.

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

Realize that with the current economic conditions, the best education may not necessarily be the college with the highest tuition. Be financially responsible while weighing the pluses and minuses of each university.

What's unique about your campus?

Name Recognition and future career opportunities because of the name, RPI.

Galen
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

RPI is probably best known for its engineering programs.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

RPI is probably best known for its engineering programs.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about RPI is the education it offers, and its continual drive to innovate and progress as an institution. What I appreciate most about the education is that we do alot of things that one can not just get from studying a book. We do alot of learning from eachother and hands on experimenting and experience.

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

Follow your heart! Do what you are passionate about and you will not have to find the "right" path through life, you will make your own. When it comes to choosing a college I think it is sometimes hard for highschool students to know what to look for especially when colleges tend to barrage them with advertisments about things that in the end don't necessarilly matter to much. I think that the best way to get an idea for a school is to walk around the campus and ask a few random students what they think about the school and what they appreciate most about it. Then when attending a college to make the most of it I think that students need to look at the experience as being for them, and to make it their own by taking advantage of what the school offers to persue their own passions.

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

The available resources such as lab equipment.

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

The available resources such as lab equipment.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Computer nerds that have a lot of free time and don't mind spending a weekend in a lab.

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

You're only in college for a few years of your life, so make sure to find one that meets both social and intellectual needs. In essence all colleges teach the same material just in a different way, so find the one thats right for you. In the long run a lot of the material that is learned is never used again, it's about proving that you are capable to learn. This is the reason why the work load of an ivy league school is more intense. To find the right college you need to have self awareness of your own learning capablity. College should be more about the experience, so it's important to also find a college that will allow you to be able to express your creativity.

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

RPI is smaller than MIT and RIT but bigger and more well known than WPI. It was a good balance between a small community and ...

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

RPI is smaller than MIT and RIT but bigger and more well known than WPI. It was a good balance between a small community and large competitive playing field for me.

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

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.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Engligh was not the first language for most Professors and TA's so they are often difficult to understand. Also, they usually were more interested in their research than their students.

David
What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is for anybody interested in a technical field. Athletes, and people interested in other extracurriculars, have ...

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is for anybody interested in a technical field. Athletes, and people interested in other extracurriculars, have many opportunities available to them.

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

A great focus is given to graduate students.

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

Finding the right college doesn't mean applying to as many schools as you can. Find schools that offer the degrees that you want, and narrow the list down based on what sort of campus community and environment you would like. Don't take schools off the list just because their applications are long; a few hours' effort on an application pales in comparison to the benefits finding the right school. As for making the most of your experience, don't be afraid to say 'yes.' Get involved with lots of campus groups--you can drop them later if you're not into it. Sticking with just a couple of groups and holding officer positions in them will probably be less stressful and more rewarding than being a member of every acronym-named group there is. Take advantage of career opportunities available through the school. Networking is more important today than it has ever been in the past.

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  • $50,797
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