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IPEDS ID: 194824
OPE ID: 00280300
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St, Troy, New York 12180-3590
General information:  (518) 276-6000
Website:  www.rpi.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,835 (5,618 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Admissionswww.rpi.edu/dept/admissions/index.html
Apply Onlineadmissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/admission/index.html
Financial Aidwww.rpi.edu/dept/admissions/aid/index.html
Net Price Calculatorwww.rpi.edu/npc/
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.rpi.edu/veterans/
Athletic Graduation Rateswww.rpiathletics.com/sports/2010/9/1/GEN_0901100848.aspx?tab=compliance
Mission Statement
  Rensselaer educates the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers. We celebrate discovery, and the responsible application of technology, to create knowledge and global prosperity.
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
4%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty56192
Instructional41174
Research and public service15018
Total graduate assistants-792
Instructional-376
Research-416
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$42,704$44,475$46,269$47,9083.5%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,120$1,140$1,1753.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,975$12,450$12,960$13,6205.1%
Other$1,000$1,425$1,451$1,4953.0%
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$57,179$59,470$61,820$64,1983.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Tuition$46,700
Fees$2,215
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,30392%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,30192%$33,105,887$25,446
Federal grants24718%$1,335,258$5,406
Pell grants24718%$1,029,258$4,167
Other federal grants15211%$306,000$2,013
State/local government grant or scholarships22716%$555,130$2,446
Institutional grants or scholarships1,30192%$31,215,499$23,993
Student loan aid87562%$9,362,646$10,700
Federal student loans87162%$6,239,214$7,163
Other student loans16712%$3,123,432$18,703
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,00793%$120,131,428$23,993
Pell grants90417%$3,739,513$4,137
Federal student loans3,22660%$25,213,293$7,816
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2011-20122012-20132013-2014
Average net price$35,701$36,043$36,374
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$24,154$23,115$24,151
$30,001 – $48,000$25,717$24,819$25,623
$48,001 – $75,000$29,957$30,645$29,677
$75,001 – $110,000$32,868$32,940$33,166
$110,001 and more$38,278$37,574$38,371
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment6,835
Undergraduate enrollment5,618
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment121
Graduate enrollment1,217
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 69%
Female: 31%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 24%
Out-of-state: 65%
Foreign countries: 11%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants18,60212,6535,949
Percent admitted38%36%40%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%20%18%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT92169%
ACT41031%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading620720
SAT Math680770
ACT Composite2732
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 93%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 88 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 82%
Transfer-out rate: 4%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 60%
6-year: 84%
8-year: 85%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 61%
6-year: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 80%
Female: 87%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 85%
Black or African American: 65%
Hispanic/Latino: 81%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 83%
Two or more races: 87%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology0154
Architecture45270
Architecture and Related Services, Other030
Category total45454
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology000
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other2602
Bioinformatics3--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other0--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General3654
Category total6556
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General66644
Business Statistics-10-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-0-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-3-
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other-0-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-3-
Category total66804
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General3--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia21--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric022
Technical and Scientific Communication-0-
Category total2422
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General000
Computer Science98156
Information Technology2130-
Category total119456
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering6176
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering76156
Chemical Engineering66313
Civil Engineering, General54154
Electrical and Electronics Engineering702414
Engineering Mechanics--0
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics000
Engineering Science000
Engineering, General--0
Engineering, Other--0
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering1660
Industrial Engineering403-
Materials Engineering2479
Mechanical Engineering1701814
Nuclear Engineering1826
Operations Research-0-
Systems Engineering-12
Transportation and Highway Engineering-23
Category total59510377
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology3541
Category total3541
Health Professions and Related Programs
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies7--
Category total7--
Legal Professions and Studies
Pre-Law Studies0--
Category total0--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-12-
Financial Mathematics-61-
Mathematics, General4326
Category total43756
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science544
Human Computer Interaction-2-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General012
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1400
Natural Sciences-0-
Science, Technology and Society231
Sustainability Studies1--
Category total22107
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science2--
Category total2--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy20-
Category total20-
Physical Sciences
Astronomy-2-
Chemistry, General1418
Geology/Earth Science, General511
Hydrology and Water Resources Science10-
Physical Sciences, Other00-
Physics, General331011
Physics, Other9--
Category total621420
Psychology
Psychology, General60-
Category total60-
Social Sciences
Economics, General01-
Economics, Other-20
Social Sciences, General000
Social Sciences, Other-00
Category total030
Visual and Performing Arts
Game and Interactive Media Design30--
Visual and Performing Arts, General532
Category total3532
Grand total1,128389135
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 61
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 9
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $20,092
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,080
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 86%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined16898
Baseball35
Basketball1816
Field Hockey21
Football92
Golf8
Ice Hockey2623
Lacrosse4119
Soccer3224
Softball16
Swimming and Diving2518
Tennis1012
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1927 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible125
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery121
Aggravated assault001
Burglary5178
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible125
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary3174
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson001
  • For 2013, Line g is reduced because in 2012 there was a series of on-campus burglaries during winter break that did not occur in 2013. For 2013, Line I, one arson was determined.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate1.8%1.9%2.5%
Number in default232429
Number in repayment1,2741,2171,125
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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