Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

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.

Lucas
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is the oldest engineering school in the nation. A high percentage of graduates attain great jobs in industry.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is the oldest engineering school in the nation. A high percentage of graduates attain great jobs in industry.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It was difficult to adapt to the teaching styles at my school compared to high school. I didnt get much assitance during the year and didn't do as well academically as i had hoped. It is difficult to meet grils at my school because of the 3:1 ratio.

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

Its a good idea to check what opportunities for extra curicular activities there are in and around the campus you decide to go to. It would be a was of time and money if you choose a school where your free time is spend lounging around doing nothing. If you are leaving home to attend school, you must realize that the climate can affect your response to a new environment. If you dont expect it, snow and rain can put a damper on your mental and physical health. Although academics are the reason you are attending college, dont forget to have fun. Go to parties, trips, clubs, volunteering, fraternities and sororities, sports teams, games. Remember, if you put in the time to interact positively within your campus, it will provide you with opportunities to meet people and make life-long friends.

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.

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