Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY, USA

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
7,592
Total Number of Undergrads
6,366
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • ROTC Air Force
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
Student:Faculty Ratio
13:1
US National: 21:1
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
52%
20-39 Students
30%
40-99 Students
14%
100+ Students
1%
0
100
63%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
81%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%

Faculty Overview

0
100
90%
Faculty With Terminal Degree US National: 36%
Gender
Male
Female
59%
40%
Ethnicity

African American
6%
Asian/Pacific Islander
12%
White
77%
Hispanic
3%

What Students Are Saying

3.86 Average Rating
Very rigorous classes, but nothing you couldn't handle. Make sure to make time for studying.
Michaela from Brewster, NY
The academics are very tough. There is a higher expectation for being able to work through and understand topics on your own. However, the professors are very open to helping if you are struggling on any material.
Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA
With the possible exceptions of the HASS (Humanities and Social Science) courses, the classes you will take here are pretty challenging in general. A note on the HASS requirements for any degree: take psychology, starting with gen psych. They are by far the easiest classes you will take here. It's a nice break from the other classes you are required to take throughout your time here. Classes are challenging, and tests are rarely curved to my knowledge, though you are probably not doing as poorly in your class as you think you are based off test grades. For example; physics 1 grades are padded with in class 'activities' and homework grades in addition to your test grades (you also have the option of replacing a poor test grade with the grade you get on the final exam). Most students are very willing to help, so just ask around if you are struggling with a class! (This is in addition to professor office hours, drop-in tutoring, and review sessions available)
Eryka from Bogart, GA
Hahahahaha, oh my. RPI. Well, it's crazy ridiculous. Even the art majors I know have lots of work but it is generally within the scope of reason. There will be a few sleepless study nights, but not every night (unless you need help). RPI has a reputation for being rigorous and it delivers on that promise.
Hannah

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