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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate64%

About RPI

As the first technological research university in the nation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has been at the forefront of scientific and technological advances since 1824. RPI alumni have been behind many key innovations that have changed the world, including the discovery of baking powder, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the development of sunscreen, the invention of the digital camera, and more.

With a focus on five signature areas of research, our students and faculty tackle the most pressing issues of our time. The Institute is made up of more than 30 research centers and key research platforms, such as the Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, dedicated to interdisciplinary biotechnology research the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, dedicated to the convergence of the arts, science, and technology and the Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS), dedicated to tackling climate change by decarbonizing urban environments at the systems level. RPI is also home to AiMOS, the most powerful supercomputer at a private university, which facilitates critical artificial intelligence research.

We offer more than 140 programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels across five schools, including the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Lally School of Management and the School of Science. Our accelerated degree program, ACCEL, gives students the option to earn a bachelor's degree in just three years or a bachelor's and master's degree in just four years, while still maintaining their financial aid and the key aspects of the college experience.

RPI is a community of talented and passionate individuals who work every day to change lives and advance society. Join us on our journey to change the world!

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private, nonprofit school in the suburb of Troy, New York. RPI was founded in 1824. The college currently enrolls around 6,991 students per year, including 5,895 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

It is very difficult to get into RPI. Around 64% of applicants get into RPI each year. Out of 16,854 applications received in 2022, 10,832 students were offered admission.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 96%
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 96%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 52%

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is located in the town of Troy, New York, in the suburbs of Albany.

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College Info

110 8th Street Troy, NY 12180-3590

Campus Setting: Suburban

RPI Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to RPI is Jan 15.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a member of the Coalition for College.

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RPI SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1500


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for RPI students is 1393. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to RPI, while applicants with SAT scores between 1380 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1380 have a low chance of being offered a spot at RPI.

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Wondering what life at RPI is like? There are approximately 6,991 students enrolled at RPI, including 5,895 undergraduate students and 1,096 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from NY and 63% percent of students are from other states.


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