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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Description of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Year of foundation: 1824
  • Location: Troy, USA
  • Age: from 18 years old
  • Type: State University
  • Number of students: 7900
  • Language learning: English.

Rensselara Polytechnic Institute or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a US state institution of higher education. Discovered in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton “for the application of science to the common goals of life”, the university has a rich history and traditions. Urban-type campus is located in the city with the mythological name of Troy.

From renewable energy to cybersecurity, from biotechnology to materials science, from working with big data to nanotechnology — Rensselaer trains people to solve the pressing problems of today and tomorrow. A business incubator and Rensselaer technology park covering 510 hectares operate right on campus.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers to get scientific degrees in 145 programs in five areas:

  • Engineering
  • The science
  • Architecture
  • Humanities, arts and social sciences
  • Lally School of Management

In addition, you can become the owner of an interdisciplinary degree in the field of information technology and web science.

Students and graduate students come here from all over the world: almost 29% of students come from 43 states of America and from other countries. The university provides a rigorous interactive learning environment and ample opportunities for leadership, cooperation and creativity at the campus level. The institute is particularly famous for the experience of the transfer of scientific technologies to life: to protect the environment and strengthen economic development. The university teaches 451 teachers. University students may have access to international exchange programs.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Accommodation, meals, prices

Built on a hillside overlooking the city of Troy and the Hudson River, the 107-hectare campus is a synthesis of traditional and modern architecture. Numerous colleges and faculties of applied sciences were modeled after the example of Rensselaer. University students have the opportunity to live on campus in a student dormitory.

Activities Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

RPI students independently created two hundred student clubs and organizations funded by the Union of Students. The union is unusual in that it is an autonomous student organization, and its activities are paid for through fees. About 170 associations are funded by the Student Union, and another thirty, which consist mainly of political and religious organizations, are self-sufficient.

RPI has about twenty closed sports organizations and thirty-nine club sports. Given the university’s proximity to Berkshires, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, the Ski Club and the Outing Club are among the largest groups on campus. During the winter months, the Ski Club offers weekly trips to local ski areas. Rensselaer has a weekly student newspaper, there is an improvisational comedy group Sheer Idiocy, which gives several concerts a semester, a theater troupe, several musical groups, a Jazz Orchestra. The WRPI is a radio station of its own, which covers a radius of 121 km, including the larger Albany area.

For beginners, the program "First Year" (FYE). Freshmen begin their campus week with the title “Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond”. There are also family holidays, community service days, the Information and Personal Assistance Center (IPAC).


  • Stably included in the top 40 national universities in the USA and in 5% of the best universities in the world, occupying 311 positions
  • Rensselaer teachers include members of national academies, 176 scholars of professional societies, and 63 NSF CAREER laureate
  • Included in the top 10 US colleges, whose graduates have the highest earnings
  • The Leiden Ranking (2011/2012) placed the RPI twenty-third out of 500 world universities, based on the indicator of the number of cited university publications in the field of science and social sciences
  • Newsweek / Kaplan 2007 College Textbook Allowed Rensselaer Polytechnic to be one of 25 New Ivies that are rated equal to Ivy League schools
  • As of 2016, Rensselaer is included in the list of the best colleges in the country according to Forbes
  • In 2012, RPI was recognized as the fourth best engineering school in the world by Business Insider.
  • The university is a member of the prestigious Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) group, Sport affiliations and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Facilities and equipment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

During their studies at the university, students can use the student library.

Admission dates and extra charges

The tuition fee at the Reneseler Polytechnic Institute is $ 54,000 for both bachelors and postgraduate programs. However, this amount cannot be called final, since there are several scholarship programs that can significantly reduce a student’s expenses based on his abilities, social status and financial status.

Additional charges:

  • Room and meals: $ 15580
  • Books, personal and consumables: $ 2858
  • All students must have a coursework notebook, which can be purchased directly at the university at an approximate cost of $ 1350
  • Medical insurance: $ 2694.

Most Rensselaer students receive financial support. The university website has a net price calculator (a free online tool that gives you an individual preliminary estimate of the total cost based on personal data).

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Each university in the world establishes its own admission criteria for applicants, so you should probably find out about the conditions long before you apply, especially targeting graduate education. Application fee ranges from $ 35 to $ 100.

At the same place usually claim no more than two applicants. The academic year is divided into classic semesters. The decision on enrollment is made on the basis of the motivation letter and recommendations, as well as the academic performance of the applicant and the test results:

  • TOEFL, SAT or ACT (undergraduate)
  • GRE or GMAT (Master).

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- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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