Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

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.

Elizabeth
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is a top of the notch school for engineering. Also offers other majors, but is mostly known for enginnering, and the scie...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is a top of the notch school for engineering. Also offers other majors, but is mostly known for enginnering, and the sciences.

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

First of all, it's the student's choice, not the parent's choice. The college has to feel comfortable and friendly while still offering the right academic resources for the student. The student should remember that this place is going to be their home for the next 4 or maybe more years of their life, and should pick a place that makes them feel at home.

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

It is small, located in the city, has a challenging environment, and is very suitable for many kids.

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

It is small, located in the city, has a challenging environment, and is very suitable for many kids.

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

It is closer to home, smaller, and ranked higher.

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

Visit the campus, ask all of your questions, know how the professors are, konw what majors are offered, know what financial aids are offered, and be aware of class sozes.

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

if you get a good feeling when you visit a college, your first instincts are usually right on

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

if you get a good feeling when you visit a college, your first instincts are usually right on

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

the weather and everything is drinking

Robyn
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rensselaer was the first engineering school to be established in the English-speaking world, so naturally the school has beco...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rensselaer was the first engineering school to be established in the English-speaking world, so naturally the school has become synonymous with engineering, and also technology in current times. Some of the most distinguished alumni include George W. G. Ferris (ferris wheel), the Roeblings (Brooklyn Bridge), Allen B. Du Mont (cathode ray tube, used in televisions), Keith D. Millis (ductile iron), and the list goes on. RPI students, faculty, and staff have been pioneers in engineering fields since 1824.

What's unique about your campus?

Although RPI is primarily an engineering/technology school, I have found that there are classes, clubs, activities, etc. to meet every person's desires and interests. As someone who loves to read/write, help others, and preserve the environment, I have been able to join the campus newspaper (and was the editor in chief), participate in tutoring and teaching assistant programs, and was hand-picked for a research group to write an Office of Sustainability proposal. In other words, there is something here for everyone who is willing to find activities, not just wait for things to come to them.

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

In order to find the right college, it is first necessary for the student to identify who they are and aim to be. There are multiple online resources available, as well as high school counselors, to help students align their interests and goals with what schools have to offer, and I would highly recommend taking advantage of all possible resources. Once the vast list of universities is narrowed down, the next step is to visit them all (or as many as possible) and speak with current faculty, students, and alumni to get a feel for the campus from different perspectives--I truly believe that it is necessary to visit the campus and surrounding area so there are no surprises. In order to make the most of the experience, students should be willing to try new things and interact with new people, while maintaining a healthy balance between academia and extracurriculars. There is always something to do on campus or in the surrounding area; however, activities are not necessarily advertised for, so it is sometimes necessary to do some research. To summarize, the best decision is an informed decision, and happiness really does influence a student's outlook and performance.

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

Make sure you visit the school to get the feel of the college and the students before making your decision. Websites and broc...

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

Make sure you visit the school to get the feel of the college and the students before making your decision. Websites and brochures don't always paint a realistic picture. If you can schedual a meeting with someone in the major you are looking at to get a feel for that particular department. Also make sure you take the tour to get some facts and see the facilities first hand, but also make sure you look around by yourself and if possible talk to some of the students on your own to get an unbiased opinion. If you choose the right school it's easy to have a great college experience. Get involved, make friends with your dorm mates and those in your major. Remember, unless you're going to school with all of your high school friends this is a new chance to be yourself. College can be some of the best years of your life. Make the most of it. Just don't forget the reason you're there, your education.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing seems to be the hands on learning. The main major - Engineering - seems high in the research aspect and the students seem to get involved with their respective major quickly. It's very focused and the professors all seem like they want you to get the best education they can.

What kind of person should attend this school?

You should really be dedicated to your overall education. It can be a challenging school but if you put effort into your work you can succeed while still having a social life. Being a technical school the main focus is Engineering, oriented towards those strong in the math and sciences, but there are other options for majors as well with Architecture, Management, Psychology and other such majors.

Stephanie
What kind of person should attend this school?

Those who are determined to learn and who are looking for a goal oriented school with promising careers afterwards.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Those who are determined to learn and who are looking for a goal oriented school with promising careers afterwards.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

A few frustrating things are the weather (it rains and is quite windy all the time) and sometimes the unsociable males on campus.

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

I would say that the most important thing to think about when looking for the right college for you, is to find somewhere that you feel comfortable. Don't go to a college because it's ranked number one in the nation and you're promised a million dollar career after four years, go to a college because you can see yourself making a home there. For me, college has been the best (almost) three years of my life thus far, and has become a second home. I wouldn't change it for anything, even if the college wasn't accredited the way it is. You are going to gain knowledge anywhere you go, that's what a "school" gives you, so find somewhere you want to spend a few years of your life that you will immensely enjoy.

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

Find alumni or students attending that college or university from your hometown. If not, talk to current student at that scho...

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

Find alumni or students attending that college or university from your hometown. If not, talk to current student at that school, you get better information from them about college life at that school then if you just talk to the recruitment people or the acceptance emplyees.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing is that it is academically strong, and a degree from here works well in the workforce. People who know about RPI, know how rigorous it is to attend, and there is respect that goes with it. This school teaches you how to accept failure (you work your butt off, only to do poorly on a project or test). This is good becasue you know how to deal with both success and failure gracefully. It's fun, and all students are in the same boat, so its a great community atmosphere!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes smaller schools and is afraid of the larger state schools. Students should be academically strong, and ready to do battle with their classes year after year. There is no room for slacking, as that will lead to you flunking out. If you do not take academics seriously, this is not the school for you. Students should work well in groups for projects, know how to study, how to teach themselves as professors only teach half the course, the rest is up to you.

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

Perfect for social life, meeting new people, and to have a successful future.

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

Perfect for social life, meeting new people, and to have a successful future.

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

The guy to girl ratio. Theres 75 guys per 25 girls

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

Let your son or daughter chose what is best for them, don't make the decision for them.

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

Go on instinct, nothing is better than how you feel about the school to tell you how it actually is going to fit your needs.

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

Go on instinct, nothing is better than how you feel about the school to tell you how it actually is going to fit your needs.

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

Lack of energy amoung student body to make the college experience not one you have to try to work through but one that is fun to live through.

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  • Enrollment
  • 6,265
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $50,797
  • Acceptance rate
  • 44%

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