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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 24 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

29% Women
71% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $71,303)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $52,315)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 128 60 - -
Baseball 29 - - -
Basketball 14 12 - Yes
Field Hockey - 22 - Yes
Football 102 - Yes -
Golf 9 - - -
Ice Hockey 27 21 Yes Yes
Lacrosse 37 24 Yes -
Soccer 37 25 Yes Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 17 27 Yes -
Tennis 12 11 Yes -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Volleyball - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.8%
Hispanic 5.5%
Non-resident alien 10.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.6%
Two or more races 1.8%
White/non-Hispanic 68.3%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 1
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Michaela from Brewster, NY
  • 4
  • Kind of small depending on where you live. The freshman five all seem like a typical college dorm. Barton is newer and has air conditioning. BarH is closer to the…

  • Mar-29-2015 Read More
  • Emily from Westminster, MA
  • 3
  • Freshman year you walk in knowing no one. But in just a few weeks, everyone is your best friend. Floor gatherings are common, especially the 2:00 a.m. pancake and movie…

  • Apr-30-2012 Read More
  • Hannah
  • 4
  • I have only had that RPI kid roommates, the crazy kind that has some sort of disorder and really needs help but is a genius. There are mostly normal, amazing…

  • Jul-30-2012 Read More
  • Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA
  • 4
  • Rooms are decent, and the people in my dorm are all wonderful. The Resident Advisors and Learning Assistants are very helpful. The main problem I have come across is finding…

  • Dec-28-2014 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Michaela from Brewster, NY
  • Mar-29-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food's pretty good. There's dining halls everywhere and even in the bottom of some residence halls.

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  • 3
  • Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Not real great food. But better than a lot of cafeteria food I have had in the past. On occasion, outside chefs are brought in to do a special meal.

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  • 3
  • A. from NY
  • Jun-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Some dining halls are better than others. Steer clear of Commons

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  • 4
  • Dominique from Brooklyn, NY
  • Apr-07-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are dining halls to go in with multiple options, and most of the places are buffet style where you would swipe once from the meals on your meal plan then you could stay until it closes. But I understand as a student that would eat at these places often that you get tired of the food easily.

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  • 3
  • Jocelyn from Glen Rock, NJ
  • Dec-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Dining is not terrible, but Commons is not exceptional. Go to Sage when possible because they have omelets until 11 each morning. Also, use FLEX (on-campus money credits) at the McNeill Room, the cafés around campus, and at Moe's.

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  • 3
  • Eryka from Bogart, GA
  • Nov-05-2013 I am a current student here

    The food actually isn't all that bad considering it's campus food. Pizza and salad is always an option. Commons and Sage both have delis where you can have a sandwich or wrap made for you. Commons, Sage, and BARH all have a grill with hamburgers, fries, ect. There are themed meals each night to offer variety. Freshmen are required to have a dining hall meal plan, but can choose how many meals per week. We have Flex dollars that are included in the meal plan costs and can be used to buy things like Ben & Jerry's in the Student Union (yum!). Pizzabella's and Moe's are right next to each other just off campus and many students choose to go there for late night pizza or Mexican food. There are also some really good places to eat in Troy (the Brown Bag, Dinosaur BBQ, Dante's frozen yogurt, etc).

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  • 3
  • Emily from Newfoundland, PA
  • May-21-2013 I am a current student here

    The food at commons is awful, but the sandwich station is amazing so it balances out. Sage and Blitman have by far the best food, but trust me by the end of your first year you will be sick of college food. It's good but not an I want to eat this every day of my life good.

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  • 4
  • M from Los Angeles, CA
  • May-14-2013 I am a current student here

    There are a few on going jokes among students about the food here, but in reality, its not too bad. You can normally find something good to eat at the dining halls and the cafes are amazing!

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  • 3
  • Jami from Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Mar-30-2013 I am a current student here

    The main dining halls are boring and don't have the best choices for food. There are many other places on campus to eat though and you can use Flex dollars from your meal plan to eat there.

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  • 5
  • Obesebea, MA
  • Jan-10-2013 I am a current student here

    Great food! In all dinning, especially BarH, Commons, and Sage.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Eryka from Bogart, GA
  • Nov-05-2013 I am a current student here

    It's wonderful! I know that at least for the sororities, there is no hazing at all. In my sorority, we had a gift week where our then-unknown Bigs gave us gifts throughout the week. The Greek population here is generally very friendly and active on campus. There are somewhere around 30 fraternities on campus, with many having a house or apartment where the brothers live. There are five sororities total, with three main social ones. The IFC and Panhellenic Council preside over all the Greeks and there are Greek events throughout the year. Going Greek is a great way to make connections that might end up assisting you in finding future job opportunities (in addition to the fun social side of it).

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  • 0
  • Emily from Newfoundland, PA
  • May-21-2013 I am a current student here

    The Greek life is very respectable and traditional, but don't be fooled we have our deal of parties. The party atmosphere at RPI is much calmer with almost each party requiring an invite to enter. One doesn't have to worry about random people entering and the brothers and sisters involved in Greek are great people and are really nice.

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  • 0
  • Obesebea, MA
  • Jan-10-2013 I am a current student here

    great, not in it myself, but the events are always good.

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  • 0
  • Hannah
  • Jan-02-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty huge here, more so for guys than girls. There are only 5 sororities but around 30 frats. Frat parties are usually the big events on the weekends so it helps to be a brother so you can get in. Girls can always get in.

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  • 0
  • Melissa from New Brighton, MN
  • Dec-26-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge. One in four students are a part of a Greek organization and for good reason. All houses provide a network of students that can help you with classes, relate to your problems, and help you through school. Plus there are enough houses on campus so anyone can find one they fit into! I love the Greek system here.

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  • 0
  • Brett from South Bend, IN
  • Dec-26-2012 I am a current student here

    Plenty of frats and sororities to join if you'd like to. I'm not in one personally, but all of them are open to outsiders.

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  • 0
  • Alex
  • Oct-30-2012 I am a current student here

    There are something like 15 frats and 5 sororities. For a girl, the Greek Life is pretty limited if you are looking to pledge. The guys have so many options. Fall Rush was a month long and just a lot of fun for everyone - guys and girls.

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  • 0
  • Hannah
  • Jul-30-2012 I am a current student here

    There's dozens of frats and sororities. There are always parties going on and the first month or so of each semester they put on big fun events for anyone to swing by. Also for the ladies: most frat parties you can automatically get in free, you usually don't need to be on the list and so that is the trade-off for being the minority at the technical school, guys like girls to hang around.

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