RPI is on a 284-acre campus in a suburban setting in Troy, New York, not far from Albany. RPI has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
RPI also has fraternities and sororities.
RPI has a thriving Red Army Spirit Club. In fact, more students participate in Red Army Spirit Club than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at RPI include Outing Club, Indian Student Association, Chinese American Student Association and pep band.
The RPI community comes together each year for Grand Marshal Week, Big Red Freakout and Fall Fest Weekend.
RPI offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
Most RPI students live off campus. In 2021, 21% of undergrads at RPI lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 79% of students lived off-campus or commuted to RPI. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.
RPI offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At RPI there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at RPI:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Baseball||NCAA Division 3||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Lacrosse||Club Teams||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Track And Field||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Cross Country Running||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Archery||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Badminton||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Equestrian Sports||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Fencing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Riflery||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Squash||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Weight Lifting||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Water Polo||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Cross Country)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Swimming And Diving||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Tennis||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Ice Hockey||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Racquetball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Table Tennis||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Volleyball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The RPI campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.
RPI offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.
Additionally, RPI has campus foot patrols at night.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit RPI, take New York State Thruway to Troy, NY. If you need to fly, book your flight to Albany International airport.
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