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RPI Student Life

RPI is on a 284-acre campus in a suburban setting in Troy, New York, not far from Albany. There are many activities and organizations for RPI 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.

Does RPI Offer Student Housing?

RPI offers housing. 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.

RPI Athletics

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 unversity, funding, and compention 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 Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens 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

Safety at RPI

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.

Plan a Visit to RPI

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to RPI, take New York State Thruway to Troy, NY. If you need to fly, book your flight to Albany International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in New York you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore RPI's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

RPI Students

31%

Women

69%

Men

100%

Full Time

0.33%

Part Time

48%

In State

52%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

44%

17%

16%

11%

5%

5%

3%

0.18%

Undergraduate Students

6,283

Graduate Students

1,333

Non-Resident / International Students

1,001

RPI Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,616

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

57%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$57,100

Out-of-State

$57,100

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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