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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

RPI Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to RPI, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the application fee costs $70.

Students who submit their applications to RPI for fall semester should hear back from RPI by March 12.

RPI Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of RPI's admissions stats.

RPI 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 55%
Mean SAT Score 1393
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 67%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
Waitlist Yes

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 11
Early Decision II Yes December 15 January 15
Early Action Yes December 1 January 29
Regular Decision Yes January 1 March 12

Applying Early to RPI?

RPI offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 11.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due December 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. RPI will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 29.

The early decision acceptance rate at RPI is 70%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 57%.

RPI accepts roughly 96% of early action applicants and 57% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, RPI admitted 413 of the 588 students who applied early decision. In 2021, RPI admitted 658 of the 687 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admissions

Transferring to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to RPI

RPI has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into RPI?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at RPI

Curious about the factors that are considered by RPI during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with RPI for more information on admission factors.

RPI Application Requirements

To apply to RPI, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with RPI's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Interview √
Other Requirements √ portfolio for electronic arts
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record √
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into RPI?

Students admitted to RPI have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At RPI 55% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 88% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 33.41%
3.75 and 3.99 33.74%
3.50 and 3.74 20.65%
3.25 and 3.49 8.13%
3.00 and 3.24 2.85%
2.50 and 2.9 0.98%
2.00 and 2.49 0.24%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to RPI directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

RPI considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

RPI has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 67% of RPI's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for RPI?

To be competitive with other RPI applicants, you should strive to earn between 1310 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At RPI 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1310, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a RPI student is 1393.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of RPI students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of RPI students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for RPI?

To be most competitive at RPI, you should strive to earn between 29 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for RPI's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for RPI students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to RPI.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in RPI during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Summer Term

RPI Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to RPI?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to RPI.

Does RPI accept transfer credits?

βœ… RPI accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does RPI accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… RPI accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to RPI?

❌ No, RPI is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is RPI's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for RPI is 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at RPI?

βœ… RPI's early decision acceptance rate was 70% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at RPI?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at RPI was 96% in 2021.

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RPI Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into RPI? RPI is a very selective institution. The RPI acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


RPI Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to RPI is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

RPI ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


29 to 34


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to RPI is 30. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into RPI. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

RPI SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1310 - 1460


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

620 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1310 to 1460


1310 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for RPI students is 1393. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to RPI, while applicants with SAT scores between 1310 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1310 have a low chance of being offered a spot at RPI.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At RPI, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.88. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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