Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is a private, technical institution. It educates the leaders of tomorrow’s technologically based companies. Programs are offered through the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. The education takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms with revitalized undergraduate curricula that have won three prestigious awards in the last two years. Hands-on undergraduate research and team-based projects are the hallmark of an exciting and rigorous curriculum. Campus life beyond the classroom includes 23 NCAA sports and over 130 clubs and governmental activities. Its 260-acre campus is located in Troy, 15 miles from Albany.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 40% of 14,584 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 15

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: Not reported
SAT Math: 708 average  670-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 658 average  620-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 643 average  590-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 28 average  26-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: $59,470
Tuition and Fees: $44,475
Room and Board: $12,450
Average Percent of Need Met: 88%
Average Freshman Award: $34,333
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $29,625


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 377
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: Not reported

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification: On or about March 12
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002803: Free

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