Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, United States. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer. RPI is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. RPI consistently ranks among the top 50 national universities in the nation according to US News & World Report. The institute offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. RPI is organized into the following academic schools:

  • Lally School of Management & Technology
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Social Science
  • School of Science

RPI offers more than 20 varsity teams. It features a competitive Division I ice hockey team, which won NCAA national titles in 1954 and 1985. Their official mascot is the Pukeman.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St
Troy , NY 12180-3590
General Phone: (518) 276-6000

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RPI Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering958engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, transportation engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, ...
Business and Management177business management, business and related services
Computer Science and Engineering162computer and info science, information technology
Science134biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, bioinformatics, biological and biomedical sciences, science and society, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, hydrology and water resources, ...
Architecture and Planning76architecture, architectural services
Media62communication studies, media studies, digital communications
Mathematics53mathematics, applied mathematics
Liberal Arts24historic preservation and conservation, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, economics courses, social studies
Therapy and Counseling15cognitive science, psychology
Medicine14pre-dentistry, pre-med
Music9various music studies
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for RPI in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,14442
Master's degree38444
Doctor's degree15833

RPI Student Body

In 2007-2008, RPI had a total enrollment of 6,566 students (6,777 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 72%
Women 28%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 9%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 36%
20-21 31%
22-24 14%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York36%
New Jersey8%
New Hampshire4%
(International Students)2%
Rhode Island1%

RPI Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %

RPI Room and Board (2007)

RPI offers campus housing for 2,908 of its 6,777 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Troy, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

RPI Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal600690
SAT Math650730
SAT Writing580680
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

RPI Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,990
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,990
Room and board $ 10,730
Room charge $ 6,025
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,705
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 815

Financial Aid:
RPI participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 280300)

RPI Faculty

RPI has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*0*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$71,0980*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year144$119,96122$120,336
Associate professoracademic year86$86,36224$78,792
Assistant professoracademic year69$78,62342$79,593
Lectureracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year300$100,55888$89,560

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

RPI Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Eastern College Athletic Conference
Basketball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Track Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports19019

RPI Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
Transportation and Highway Engineering

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
Economics, Other
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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What Sets RPI Apart:

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Number of degree programs
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Top 7%RPI Number of degree programs
Male % of student body
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Top 7%RPI Male % of student body
% of degrees in mathematics
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Top 9%RPI % of degrees in mathematics
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 11%RPI Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Number of students
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Top 12%RPI Number of students
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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Top 13%RPI % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%RPI Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in science
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Top 16%RPI % of degrees in science
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%RPI Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in architecture and planning
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%RPI % of degrees in architecture and planning

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