Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St Troy, New York 12180-3590
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College History

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is the oldest technological university in the United State. RPI is dedicated to “the application of science to the common purposes of life.” Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer is well known for its success in transitioning technology from the academic world to the real world. President Shirley Ann Jackson says that Rensselaer has an “environment and community that nurtures, supports, and enables our students to excel in all aspects of their lives.”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is made up of 5 different schools which allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary education. Students can choose from engineering, science, humanities, arts and social sciences, and the Lally School of Management and Technology. There are over 145 programs available at the bachelors, masters and doctorate levels.

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Student Life

Total Enrollment: 6,591

Institution Size: 5,000 - 9,999

Campus Setting: Urban Urban

Religious Affiliation: Not applicable

Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

School Calendar Type: Semester


Admissions Information

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,348

Total Grad Enrollment: 1,243

Admissions Requirements:
High School GPA
High School Rank
Test Scores

Accepted Credit:
Advanced Placement


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Source: U.S. Department of Education 2010/11

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