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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York
Rensselaer's Quadrangle dormitory on the central campus credit: UpstateNYer
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
6,246 Undergraduates
44% Admissions Rate
City: Small
Mostly Men
Private
Expensive
Region: Northeast
Division 3
Size: Small
Doctoral
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St
Troy, New York
12180-3590
(518) 276-6000
www.rpi.edu

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the top 50 colleges in the U.S., is a private research university located in Troy, New York. It sits on 265 acres of land and its motto is “Knowledge and Thoroughness.” New York businessman Stephen Van Rensselaer and scientist Amos Eaton established The Rensselaer School in 1824 “for the purpose of instructing persons ... in the application of science to the common purposes of life.” In 1861, the name was changed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Faculty and alumni have won one Nobel prize, five National Medal of Science awards, eight Fulbright Scholarships and six National Medal of Technology awards. Notable alumni include American civil engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American aerospace engineer Jack Swigert, ice hockey player Joé Juneau and programmer Jon Hall. The school’s colors are cherry and white and the mascot is the Puckman. Its sporting affiliations are NCAA Division III – Liberty League and Division I – ECAC Hockey. Varsity sports there include men’s and women’s ice hockey, women’s cross country, soccer, softball and swimming and diving, and men’s baseball, football and lacrosse. The school provides Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs.

Location

Troy is a city in the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Rensselaer County. The city is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties to the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

92

restaurants score

Students
68%

Men

32%

Women

20

Average Age of Entering Students

100%

Live On Campus

123

New Transfer Students

Admissions
44%

Acceptance Rate

21%

Enrollment Yield

1280-1480

SAT Range

18,524

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$37,434

Typical Cost

$52,305

Average Tuition

89%

Recieve Financial Aid

98%

Have Loans

$26,250

Median Debt

Academics
15.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

19

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

164

Doctorates Awareded

Mechanical Engineering

Top Major

5

Faculty Awards

7

National Academy Members

82

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, many to choose from

Greek Life:

Important, many fraternities and sororities to choose from

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Track & Field Conference:

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Social
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