Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180-3590


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 7,363
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,680 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 18,524 applications and only 8,215 students were granted admission. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is at the #42 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 37% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 63% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1280 to 1480
ACT28 to 32

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's tuition was $49,520 for all students regardless of residency (84.8% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 89% of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 17% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,612 (which is 4.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016-2017, was 812, which is 59% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,929 (which is 17.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has enrolled a total of 7,363 students (7,269 students full-time and 94 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 7,363 students, 125 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 68% men and 32% women and 6,265 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,098 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 53%

Non-resident alien: 18%

Asian: 10%

Hispanic: 8%

Two or more races: 6%

Black/African American: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Engineering 37% 2,019
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 10% 545
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 7% 407
Mathematics And Statistics 6% 317
Architecture And Related Services 4% 216
Physical Sciences 3% 161
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 127
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 2% 126
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 2% 83
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 75

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduates 6 years after enrollment is $63,100. Last year, out of the total 1,452 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,365 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,771 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,665 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $63,100 $77,900
Employment Rate 94% 94%
Total Graduates 1,452 1,771

Campus Location

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