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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Tests Required: Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program: Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies: Recommended
Recommendations: Required
Secondary School GPA: Required
Secondary School Rank: Required
Secondary School Record: Required
TOEFL: Required
Common Application Accepted: Yes

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Special Factors

AP Acceptance: Yes
Credit for Life Experience: No

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Contact Info

110 8th St Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone: (518) 276-6000
Admissions Phone: (518) 276-6216
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Tips for Prospective Students
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  • Michaela from Brewster, NY
  • Mar-29-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Before you apply you'll want to make sure you visit the campus and get a feel for things. When I visited other schools I knew from the moment I stepped on campus if it was right for me or not. Be involved in extracurriculars and sports, try to get leadership positions to put on your application. That doesn't mean join stuff just for the hell of it though. Find something you like to do and excel at it. Grades are important - don't let them slip in your junior and senior year. If you want to be a student athlete, get your application and videos in as soon as you can. I made the mistake of applying to play on a team after I was accepted - bad move. See if your school is involved in one of RPI's medal or scholarship programs. Also, check out the ROTC programs on campus if you're interested in the military at all.

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  • Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Rensselaer is not like high school. You can not just drift through the classes doing the basic amount of work and expect an A on the test. The curriculum is very challenging and can seem overwhelming at times. Take a lot of time to study and really understand the material and talk to the professors about anything you are struggling with. They are very willing to help. However, don't get to wrapped up in your studies. There are a lot of great activities to be a part of and lots of amazing clubs to join. Take some time really have fun and enjoy your time at Rensselaer.

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  • Jocelyn from Glen Rock, NJ
  • Dec-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Learn good study habits early on, and find people in your classes to work on assignments and study with. Also, do not be afraid to use ALAC (the tutoring service) because everyone here is smart, and the classes are challenging for everyone.

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  • Eryka from Bogart, GA
  • Nov-05-2013 I am a current student here

    You've probably heard this many times before, but know that college is VERY different from high school. I never really had to study in high school (even in AP courses), but once I got to college I realized that I actually had to put in some effort in order not to make mediocre grades. Don't let the ratio scare you off! For you girls and guys out there interested in RPI, please know it's not as bad as it looks on paper (usually)! Try to plan out your next four years early on to fit in any extra classes you want to take besides those required for your major (for example, fitting in a minor or dual major). Take AP classes/tests to get credit here! Especially AP Chem and AP Bio if your major only requires you to take the intro class to each! It's very, very useful to have those credits.

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  • Emily from Newfoundland, PA
  • May-21-2013 I am a current student here

    RPI is a great school for engineering as well as other majors but is very challenging. It may not be an Ivy League but the work level and expectations are that of an Ivy League. Don't come here if you are looking for an easy degree.

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