Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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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 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.

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.

Carlos
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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
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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.

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.

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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.

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