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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university with campuses in Troy, New York, Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. It is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world and the Western Hemisphere, having been founded in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton for the "application of science to the common ends of life." Rensselaer was the model for a number of American institutions and applied science departments. RPI's 265-acre (107 ha) campus, which is a mix of historic and modern architecture, overlooks the city of Troy and the Hudson River. The institute runs a business incubator on campus as well as the Rensselaer Technology Park, which spans 1,250 acres (510 ha).

University History

On November 5, 1824, Stephen Van Rensselaer created the Rensselaer School with a letter to the Reverend Dr. Samuel Blatchford, in which he asked Blatchford to serve as the school's first president. He included various business orders in the letter. He named Amos Eaton as the school's first senior professor, as well as the school's first board of trustees. The school first opened on Monday, January 3, 1825, at the Old Bank Place, a structure on Troy's north end. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was built on the principles of introducing science into the everyday lives of people, and that culture still exists today

University Programs, Courses and Schools

There are 5 different schools in the institute. Where offered multiple programs and courses from various fields. Some of the names are here- 

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE-

Courses and Programs in respective School-

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences
  • Minors in Architecture (Acoustics, Lighting)
  • Master of Architecture (Professional)
  • Master of Science in Architecture (Geofutures)
  • Master of Science in lighting
  • Master of Science in Architectural Science
  • PhD Program in Architectural Sciences

Research Centers

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
  • Lighting Research Center

Lally School of Management   

Undergraduates program –                                            

  • Business Analytics- B.S.
  • Business and Management 
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Co-Terminal- B.S. + MBA, B.S. + M.S.
  • Engineering and Business Administration- B.S. + MBA
  • Science and Business Administration-  B.S. + MBA

Graduate Program

  • Business Analytics (STEM-designated)-M.S.
  • Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics- M.S.
  • Supply Chain Management – M.S.
  • Business Administration- M.B.A
  • Management- Ph.D.

Research Centers 

  • Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, 
  • Center for Research toward Advancing Financial Technologies (CRAFT),
  • Center for Supply Networks and Analytics,
  • Center for Ethics in the Management of Emerging Technologies

School of Science, Information Technology and Web Science-

Undergraduate Program-

B.S. in Information Technology and Web Science

Graduate Program-

  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • School of Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering,
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering,
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering,
  • Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering,
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering,
  • Materials Science and Engineering,
  • Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

School of Humanities Arts and Social Science-

  • Music
  • Electronic Arts
  • Studio Arts
  • Video, Performance, and Social Practice

Cognitive Science-

  • Philosophy
  • Psychological Science
  • General Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy of Logic, Computation, and Mind
  • Cognitive Science of Artificial Intelligence
  • Well-Being

Communication and Media-

  • Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, Media, and Design
  • Chinese language
  • Literature and Creative writing
  • Writing
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media/Data Design
  • Media and Culture
  • Strategic Communication

Economics-

  • Economics
  • Economics of Biotech and medical Innovation
  • Economics of Policy and Regulation
  • Economics of Technology and Innovation
  • Economics of Quantitative Modeling
  • Biotechnology and Health Economics

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences-

  • Critical Game Design
  • Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
  • Critical Game Design-Co-terminal program

Science and Technology Studies-

  • Design, Innovation, and Society
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Accelerated Science, Technology, and Society (Law).
  • History
  • Law and Policy
  • Public Health

University Achievements-

The institute has a long and illustrious history. This institute's achievement is its alumni, who have made a name for themselves in the sector, particularly in science and technology. Through their works and discoveries, he has helped the entire world. RPI is known for its engineering departments, but it also has excellent programs in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and business. RPI has created an extraordinary environment for undergraduates for nearly two centuries, supporting excellence and encouraging students to engage in mutual enrichment.

University USP

RPI is well-known in the engineering industry, even though it is not well-known among the general population. Many organizations and companies come to RPI during the career fair looking for its intelligent individuals since it prepares them effectively for what they will be doing in the field.

University Notable Alumni-

  • John Joseph Albright, 
  • Marta Ruth Bohn-Meyer
  • Charles I. Cassell
  • Edgar M. Cortright Jr
  • Peter E. Hart
  • James A. Parsons
  • Augustine Sackett
  • Kathryn Egloff Zoon
  • Fraser-Liggett
  • Steven Sasson

University infrastructure & services-

Campuses

RPI has two campuses, the major one of which is in Troy, New York.

RPI's 265-acre (107 hectares) campus, which is a mix of historic and modern architecture, overlooks Troy and the Hudson River and is built on a slope. The institute runs a business incubator on campus as well as the Rensselaer Technology Park, which spans 1,250 acres (510 ha).RPI has more additional campuses which are located in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut

Libraries

RPI offers a large library on campus where you can use all of the resources, including books, journals, and the internet. The library has books, magazines, and research-thesis on every subject. Folsom Library and Architecture Library is the name of the library. The Rensselaer Libraries' principal aim is to serve Rensselaer's educational and research initiatives. The Folsom Library's first and second (main) floors are open, collaborative rooms. The third and fourth floors, both in open study areas and study rooms, provide a setting where talks should be kept to a minimum.

Housing services

Residential facilities have been provided to the students. On-campus there are many halls and apartments that are made available to the residents of the institute. Admission is done according to the rules, here halls and apartments are allotted separately for undergraduates, graduates, and Ph.D. You can choose the hall and floor by visiting the official website through the enrollment number provided. Some of the names here-

  • Barton Hall
  • Bray Hall
  • Burdett Avenue Residence Hall
  • Cary Hall
  • Crockett Hall
  • Davison Hall
  • Hall Hall
  • Nason Hall
  • Nugent Hall
  • Sharp Hall
  • Warren Hall
  • Beman and Brinsmade
  • Blitman Residence Commons
  • Colonie Apartments
  • Colvin and Albright
  • E-Complex
  • North Hall
  • Quadrangle
  • Stacwyck Apartments
  • Bryckwyck Apartments
  • City Station South
  • Polytechnic Apartments
  • City Station West.

For more information Students can ask here-

Student Living and Learning

Commons West

Troy, NY 12180,

U.S.A.

+1.518.276.6284

fax: +1.518.276.6223

email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medical Services-

All full-time Rensselaer students are required to have health insurance that covers routine treatment in Troy, New York. To meet this requirement, all full-time students must either enroll in the Rensselaer-sponsored CDPHP Health Insurance Plan (RPI/CDPHP) or submit documentation of an existing insurance plan that will cover the student's routine, ongoing care in Troy, NY. The enrollment or waiver form, which must be completed through the Student Online Health Portal, is required. The enrollment/waiver form for the fall semester must be completed by September 1; the enrollment/waiver form for the spring semester must be completed by February 1.

University location

Airports nearby

The nearest airport to RPI's campus is Albany International Airport. Albany International is an international airport located 10 miles west of Troy.

International student’s info

Courses offered

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, 

Courses and Programs in respective School-

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences
  • Minors in Architecture (Acoustics, Lighting)
  • Master of Architecture (Professional)
  • Master of Science in Architecture (Geofutures)
  • Master of Science in lighting
  • Master of Science in Architectural Science
  • Ph.D. Program in Architectural Sciences

Research Centers

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
  • Lighting Research Center

LALLY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT-

Undergraduates program– B.S.    

  • Business Analytics-B.S.
  • Business and Management 
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Co-Terminal-  B.S. + MBA, B.S. + M.S.
  • Engineering and Business Administration- B.S. + MBA
  • Science and Business Administration-        B.S. + MBA

Graduate Program

  • Business Analytics (STEM-designated)-M.S.
  • Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics- M.S.
  • Supply Chain Management – M.S.
  • Business Administration- M.B.A
  • Management- Ph.D.
  • Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences-
  • Critical Game Design
  • Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
  • Critical Game Design-Co-terminal program

Science and Technology Studies

  • Design, Innovation, and Society
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Accelerated Science, Technology, and Society (Law).
  • History
  • Law and Policy
  • Public Health

Student support

The institute is ready to support the students. There are many such branches inside the institute which are ready to solve the problems related to the students. If you are a student here then you can contact them- Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, Center for Career and professional development, Dean of Students Office, First-Year Experience, Graduate Experience, International Services for Students and Scholars, Registrar, Rensselaer Union, Student Health Center, Student Living, and Learning, Student Success, Student Transitions/The Arch.

Visas & Immigration support

There are three types of student visas in the United States: F, J, and M. Valid student visas are necessary to apply for admission to the United States through the Department of Homeland Security at the port of entry. Students enrolled in an academic program or an English language program are granted an F1 visa. In the United States, F1 visas are by far the most frequent type of international student visa. F1 students must maintain a full-time course load to maintain their designation.

Students who need practical training that is not accessible in their home country to finish their academic program are granted a J1 visa. As long as you have J-1 student status, you can work in the same way you can with an F1 visa, with the same restrictions.

A student who wishes to attend a non-academic or vocational school is granted an M1 visa. M-1 visa holders enrolled in technical or vocational programs are prohibited from working throughout their education. Applicants for M-1 student visas must show that they have adequate finances on hand to cover all tuition and living expenses for the duration of their proposed stay. So if you want to get admission to RPI, firstly you have to apply for this visa. 

International student contact

RPI has an office ISSS which provides all the information related to visas and immigration to international students. The International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS) office provides a variety of programs and services to the approximately 1,800 international students and scholars on campus. The mission of ISSS is to improve the international community's educational and personal experiences, as well as to support students and researchers as they navigate academic life in the United States.

Classification of visas served by ISSS-

  • F-1 status (Students)
  • F-2 status (Dependent of F-1)
  • J-1 status (Research Scholar, Professor, Short-Term Scholar, Student, College/University)

J-2 status (Dependent of J-1)

International students can Contact here-

International Services for Students and Scholars

1528 15th Street

Monday–Friday

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

(518) 276-4966

E: [email protected]

In case of an emergency, contact Public Safety: (518) 276-6656

Student life

Student society

There are many clubs and societies associated with which students can collectively develop their intellectual, cultural, and physical development. Some names are here-

  • RPI Spaceflight Society
  • Pep Band
  • Rensselaer Astrophysical Society
  • Game Development club
  • Rensselaer music association
  • College against Cancer
  • RPI Flying Club
  • Alpha Delta Phi Society
  • The Rusty Pipes
  • Conversation Corner and Mandarin Club
  • RPIgnite
  • RPI Dance Team
  • RPI Circle K

Sports and fitness

Along with education, sports and games are given full attention in RPI. Students here are very ahead in education as well as sports. The institute believes that there should be a multifaceted development of the students. Many sports competitions are organized here from time to time, in which women's and men's teams showcase their talent. Some of the major sports played here are ice hockey, football, tennis, hockey, baseball, softball, swimming, and diving. There is a department related to sports, which provides all the types of equipment related to sports to the students and has been organizing sports competitions so that the physical fitness of the students is also maintained.

Health & Wellbeing

Rensselaer's health promotion initiatives include evidence-based and comprehensive attempts to increase students' health knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and abilities. Its mission is to help students make good changes in their attitudes, practices, and understanding of total personal health and wellness. A student care center is also available. The Student Health Center seeks to keep students healthy so they may fulfill their academic, personal, and athletic goals by providing evidence-based treatment for acute and chronic physical and mental health concerns. The student care center wants to raise awareness of personal and health-related issues through prevention-focused health education, and they want to help its students with disabilities succeed by providing equitable access to programs and activities. Health facilities that are provided by the Institute-

  • Primary Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Injuries
  • Illness
  • Prescriptions
  • Women’s and Men’s Health
  • Sports Medicine for Varsity Athletes
  • Counseling Services
  • Personal Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Consultations
  • Psychiatric Assessments and Prescriptions

Some disabilities service is also there-

  • Assist students in gaining access to academic programs, co-curricular activities, and facilities on an equitable footing.
  • Encourage students to speak up for themselves.
  • Acts as a point of contact for parents, families, and cares.

Residential Life

Through buildings designated by cohort clusters, the Residential Commons facilitates the residential clustering component of CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students). Students in the first year reside with other first-year students, second-year students with other second-year students, and so on. The Residential Commons provides opportunities for students to participate and connect with Rensselaer and the world through programming, campus collaboration, and the promotion of constructive relationships.

Students in their first or second year at Rensselaer, as well as those participating in The Arch summer semester, must live in the Residential Commons on campus. The Office of Student Living and Learning, committed to the goals of The Rensselaer Plan 2024, provides a number of student leadership opportunities to enhance the student experience. Students gain experiences and skills that improve their life here and beyond, whether these leadership opportunities are year-round or semester-long.

RSA organizes campus-wide events, serves as a venue for residents to share their thoughts, and serves as a "voice" for students living on campus.RSA, a member of the National Association of Collegiate and University Residence Halls, allows students active in residence hall matters to share ideas and information with students across the country.

Food & drink

A wide range of amenities is available on-campus and off-campus, including cafes, restaurants and bars. Like the Panera Bread of the Students Union which you have on campus. You can find some good café nearby Institute like- Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe, Latham '76 Diner, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Nighthawks, Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe

Short-term Getaways

You can make your weekend more enjoyable by studying at RPI. If you want, you can take a tour of RPI so that you can see and know your institution better and become familiar with it, apart from this you can participate in all cultural, and sports activities. If you do not want to do any of these, then you can go out to explore the city of Troy so that you can enjoy the beautiful places around your institution. Some beautiful places name is here where you can go and enjoy your weekend-

The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Arts Center of the Capital Region is a hidden gem in the local art world. 

  • Canvas, Corks & Forks. 
  • Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. 
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Athletics. 
  • Oakwood Cemetery. 
  • Prospect Park. 
  • Troy Night Out.

Part-time jobs

As a student worker, any candidate for a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute degree who is registered for at least six credits is eligible. The Office of Student Employment at Rensselaer offers a variety of part-time work for students. According to the aims of The Rensselaer Plan 2024, the Office of Student Employment at Rensselaer offers a number of part-time jobs for students.

Work-Study Programs in the United States

Students who receive work-study as part of their financial aid package are eligible for these positions. To explore what opportunities are available for Federal Work-Study, go to Handshake, Rensselaer's online job posting network.

Work-Study–Community Service (Federal Work-Study)

The Financial Aid Office has a list of the various community service opportunities at Rensselaer. Jobs marked with an asterisk (*) are Community Service positions.

Job Opportunities on Campus—(not work-study)

All students who want to work on campus can apply for these positions. Handshake is a website about handshakes.

In the United States, international students have limitations on how they can work. Please contact the International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS) office before beginning any job.

Student Safety

Crime Around the area

In 2019, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recorded 330 crimes and safety occurrences. These student-involved incidents occurred on or near campus, as well as on school-owned property. Because there were 7,528 pupils at the school that year, there were 43.84 incidences per 1,000 students. In 2019, students in residential halls at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reported 269 incidents of crime and safety. On-campus crimes include these counts as well. This equates to 35.73 incidences per 1,000 students, based on a school body of 7,528.

Famous courses

Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering/Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians; Mathematics and Statistics; Physical Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Architecture and Related Services; Visual and Performing Arts; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies are among the most popular majors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The average freshman retention rate is 92 percent, which is a good sign of student satisfaction.

Campus recruitment

Rensselaer is addressing the global issues of the twenty-first century—to alter lives, advance society, and change the world—with over 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni. The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) strives to match you with top-notch individuals who match your desired skill set and work environment. Major Areas of Recruitment

Rensselaer provides over 145 bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs. In the following fields, undergraduates can pick from 41 majors and 47 minors:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology & Web Science
  • Science

Process

You can connect with a member of the Employer Relations Team-Email Associate Director of Employer Relations, Julianna Manning.  Please Sign up for and post jobs to Handshake, then you can view and register for recruiting events.

Famous companies who recruit directly from RPI-

There is a long list of reputed companies and organizations around the world who hire students here every year on very good packages. RPI's Alumni work for some of the most accomplished organizations in IT, including IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAS, Red Hat, Dell, Broadcom, Adobe, Google, Salesforce, Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Tetra Tech, demonstrating technical competence for which RPI is known. RPI alumni can also be found throughout organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, Carrier Corporation, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, UTC Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace), and Otis Elevator Co., Hamilton Sundstrand, and United Technologies Research Center.

  • Median Earnings 5 Years after Graduation  62,3000$.    
  • Median Earnings 2 Years after Graduation   35,500$
  • Employed 2 Years after Graduation      90% 
  • Employed 6 months after Graduation    95% 

Brochures & applications (PDF)

For more information regarding admission, application, and Brochures, you can visit the official web of RPI-

https://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/masters-and-phd-applicants
 

Application Requirements for Bachelor and Master, programs-

Graduate Application 

  • Nonrefundable application processing fee of $75
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio, if required by the department
  • IT Background Evaluation form (IT only)
  • Transcripts and Degrees

GRE/GMAT Scores (OPTIONAL) 

Requirements for the International Students-

Applicants who have a valid Green Card will be considered domestic students for purposes of admission and financial aid.

  • The TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE is required of all international applicants who are non-English speaking countries. The minimum scores for these tests are:
  • TOEFL score of 88 iBT
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • Duolingo score of 110
  • PTE score of 59

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Programs

Program
Duration
Format
Tuition Fees
Deadlines
Standard Test

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Application Requirements

3.5
GPA
35
IB
80
Percentage
44%
Acceptance Rate

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cost of studies

Fees

Bachelors: $54,000

Masters: $54,000

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Deadlines

Bachelors: January 27

Masters: January 23

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Global

647
US News
461
QS
401 -500
Shanghai
501 -600
Times Higher Education
379
GTU Rank

Regional

United States of America
50
US News
72
QS
95 -116
Shanghai
99
Times Higher Education
121
Forbes
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