Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York


#78 National Colleges

47.41% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

6,203 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute () (RPI) is a private research university in Troy, New York, with additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. It was established in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton for the "application of science to the common purposes of life" and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world and the Western Hemisphere. Numerous American colleges or departments of applied sciences were modeled after Rensselaer.

Built on a hillside, RPI's 265-acre (107 ha) campus overlooks the city of Troy and the Hudson River, and is a blend of traditional and modern architecture. The institute operates an on‑campus business incubator and the 1,250-acre (510 ha) Rensselaer Technology Park.

RPI is organized into six main schools which contain 37 departments, with emphasis on science and technology. It classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity" and recognized for its degree programs in engineering, computing, business and management, information technology, the sciences, design, and liberal arts. As of 2017, RPI's faculty and alumni included six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, eight Fulbright Scholarship recipients, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics; in addition, 86 faculty or alumni are members of the National Academy of Engineering, 17 of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, eight of the National Academy of Medicine, one of the National Academy of Public Administration, and nine of the National Academy of Inventors. RPI has been ranked since 1970 among the top 50 American universities.

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Troy, New York

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 51.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 15.6%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5.6%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 5.3%
Physical Sciences 4.8%
Architecture And Related Services 4.5%
Mathematics And Statistics 3.2%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2.9%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.3%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1.0%
Health Professions And Related Programs 0.9%
Psychology 0.6%
Social Sciences 0.4%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.2%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1399 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 780 725 670
Verbal 710 665 620

ACT Scores

31 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 0 0 0
English 0 0 0