Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Recent Reviews

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

Rashad
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Any individual who wants to enjoy the social aspects of college along with balancing academics should not attend. My institut...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Any individual who wants to enjoy the social aspects of college along with balancing academics should not attend. My institution is one sided if you really look into it & there needs to be more support in athletics like other schools.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The heavy cousre load at my school puts alot of pressure on students. Most students are tired all the time & often lack sleep. Many professors do not understand what the students go through. Keep in mind financial aid & the rising tuition are factors that play into the growing and maybe past frustration towards the school.

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

Take your time & really think about what the reason is for you choosing a college. No matter what there will be hard times in school & it only makes the future easier for the student if he/she enjoys the place they are at. I would also advise people to pay attention to how the changes in the seasons at may affect them during the school year. Different regions have certain characteristics during the seasons that may affect students in a positive or negative way besides the typical snow, rain, etc, etc. Lack of sun (like in the north east region) for someone from a sunny place can lead to lack of sleep & many other issues. The best advice is to ask many questions & take as much time as possible if the descision is hard

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

Students find a college that suits you best. Parents don't force your children into something they don't want.

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

Students find a college that suits you best. Parents don't force your children into something they don't want.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who does not work well under pressure, someone who is not a good tester.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frusterating thing is probably how a students progress is measured. It is measured based solely on tests.

Michael
What kind of person should attend this school?

There are all sorts of people who go here that fit in just fine. Students tend to be capable of completing their work and rel...

What kind of person should attend this school?

There are all sorts of people who go here that fit in just fine. Students tend to be capable of completing their work and relatively sociable. It does help to have a hobby or a passion outside of school, whether it be a sport or a club. It's also good to get involved. Filling up your schedule is not a bad thing at all. It keeps you busy and keeps you active.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The faculty and staff tend to help only up to a point. Tech support only goes so far to help with your computer problems; if they can't figure it out then they just drop it. Professors are the same way, if they can't figure out the problem on their own and they're not the type to compromise with their students than the student is left to fend for themselves. At this school, it's very easy to coast but as soon as there's a major problem, it's hard to find the help you need.

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

It's an odd feeling when you've found the perfect college. You definitely have to go and visit any college your considering attending. You have to feel comfortable and you don't have to explain yourself to anyone if you just don't like the place. You're going to be paying a lot of money, you deserve to go somewhere you feel good about. Make sure that the schools you're looking at give you several options just in case you find that you no longer want to pursue a major in a certain field. Make sure there are extracurricular activities you can partake in if you so choose and don't hesitate to join a club or sport thinking you might not have any time. Just give it a shot and the worst that could happen is you were right, you don't have enough time, but atleast you tried.

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

It's more engineering focused. The campus is laid out so that there is less walking between classes. Professors are cooler, m...

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

It's more engineering focused. The campus is laid out so that there is less walking between classes. Professors are cooler, more student-like.

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

Reputation of the school is important. Every school has parties, but going to a college known for them may not look so good to those looking at your resume in four years.

What's unique about your campus?

It's small both in size and population. Lots of intramural sports. Division 1 Hockey. Great Div 3 Football team.

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  • Tuition & Fees
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