Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

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.

Thomas
What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes math and science.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes math and science.

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

The student must decide their own college. It is a personal decision and the parents should support their child wholeheartiedly regardless of their choice.

What's unique about your campus?

Extra-curricular programs.

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

Pick someplace that has the sort of clubs/activities/sports that you're interested in. Make sure that you like the program y...

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

Pick someplace that has the sort of clubs/activities/sports that you're interested in. Make sure that you like the program you're applying for and if you aren't sure about that particular program make sure there are a few others that catch your interest. It's okay to not know which exact program you want to enroll in. Pick a campus you like, you will have to live there or near it or take classes there at the very least, so you may as well like where you have to live/attend classes. Most of all, though, pick someplace you're happy.

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

That you can have an entire class get a 30 on an exam, consistantly. Mostly the testing at such a high level by comparison to the level taught by the professors. It's been said that they teach at 75%, expect 100% and test at 150%. This is relatively true for some professors....but not all of them. Just enough of them to make your GPA sad.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person who will put off studying or just not go to class shouldn't come to this school. Also people looking for some sort of arts degree would be better off looking elsewhere as this is primarily an engineering school so our arts department isn't very large.

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

RPI is really expensive in one of the worst towns ever but it prepares its students well academically for future careers.

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

RPI is really expensive in one of the worst towns ever but it prepares its students well academically for future careers.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rensselaer is best know for its academics (producing engineers). With this students are stereotyped as nerdy, weird and unsocialable.

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

When looking at prospective colleges, look into the cost of attendance as one of the top factors. Though I am receiving some financial aid from RPI, it's definitely not enough to cover half of my expenses. Since I barely get any financial help from my parents (lower middle class), I have loans hanging over my head. I always have this fact in the back of my mind and it worries me all the time about how I'm going to pay it back. When I was in high school I just said, "I don't care how much it costs...I'll just get loans and pay them back." That's what I did, but only now do I realize how much of a burden it's going to be to pay it all back. I'm at least thankful that my odds of getting a good, high paying job are very high. If you're rich then lucky you, go to the best academic school you can get into.

Elan
Describe the students at your school.

Dorky, awkward, and smart.

Describe the students at your school.

Dorky, awkward, and smart.

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

Visit. Talk to current students. Attend a class. Visit a student's residence. Try to get the fullest picture of what your next 4 years will be like before you make your decision.

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

The facutly-student-administration dynamic.

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

Excellent labs and hands on projects. LITEC Blimp project in particular stood out when making my decision to go to RPI

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

Excellent labs and hands on projects. LITEC Blimp project in particular stood out when making my decision to go to RPI

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

You sort of know when you find the right college when you are touring and hear about a project or class or club, and just listening to the person talk about it makes you feel like you are right there doing it with them. The campus feels like a natural place to be, and you can see yourself having a fun time there for at least the next four years. To get the most of the college experience you have to be prepared to work hard, but you also have to know when it's time to put down the books and unwind, because the harder you force yourself to study when you are not prepared to, the less you are going to get out of it. Half an hour of TV can mean an extra hour of better studying sometimes. But the number one thing is to find a major in something you like to do. It makes the work a little less grueling, and makes you a better student when you are actually interested in what you are doing.

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

Work load.. Having a dual major means always having something due the next day

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

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