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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:  6,658 (5,391 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/
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 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty540110
Instructional38796
Research and public service15314
Total graduate assistants-790
Instructional-356
Research-434
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$40,680$42,704$44,475$46,2694.0%
Books and supplies$1,040$1,500$1,120$1,1401.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,465$11,975$12,450$12,9604.1%
Other$850$1,000$1,425$1,4511.8%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,035$57,179$59,470$61,8204.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Tuition$45,100
Fees$1,972
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2011-2012
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 aid11,11194%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,10994%$23,819,218$21,478
Federal grants19617%$993,828$5,071
Pell grants18416%$717,828$3,901
Other federal grants13511%$276,000$2,044
State/local government grant or scholarships18115%$414,056$2,288
Institutional grants or scholarships1,10493%$22,411,334$20,300
Student loan aid74963%$7,031,149$9,387
Federal student loans74162%$4,830,604$6,519
Other student loans13011%$2,200,545$16,927
  • 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 aid14,97495%$104,278,389$20,965
Pell grants87717%$3,476,625$3,964
Federal student loans3,09359%$22,189,114$7,174
  • 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.
2009-20102010-20112011-2012
Average net price$32,616$33,257$35,701
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2009-20102010-20112011-2012
$0 – $30,000$20,055$20,360$24,154
$30,001 – $48,000$23,766$23,668$25,717
$48,001 – $75,000$27,437$27,725$29,957
$75,001 – $110,000$30,320$30,508$32,868
$110,001 and more$35,071$35,633$38,278
  • 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 2012
Total enrollment6,658
Undergraduate enrollment5,391
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment139
Graduate enrollment1,267
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 71%
Female: 29%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 67%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 29%
Out-of-state: 65%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants16,15011,2734,877
Percent admitted41%39%47%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%22%19%
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 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT1,04674%
ACT37126%
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 Math670768
ACT Composite2731
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: 94%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
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, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 84%
Transfer-out rate: 3%
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:
4-year: 65%
6-year: 82%
8-year: 84%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 82%
Female: 90%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 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: 0%
Asian: 84%
Black or African American: 62%
Hispanic/Latino: 84%
White: 86%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 56%
Non-resident alien: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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/Technology1--
Architectural Sciences and Technology, Other-154
Architecture42180
Architecture and Related Services, Other050
Category total43384
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology000
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other2601
Bioinformatics7--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other0--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General39124
Category total72125
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General73648
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-0-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-5-
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other-0-
Category total73698
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General9--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia26--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric004
Technical and Scientific Communication-1-
Category total3514
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General000
Computer Science941511
Information Technology2839-
Category total1225411
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering8014
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering89158
Chemical Engineering73811
Civil Engineering, General78222
Electrical and Electronics Engineering871518
Engineering Mechanics--0
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics000
Engineering Science002
Engineering, General--0
Engineering, Other--0
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering980
Industrial Engineering426-
Materials Engineering26108
Mechanical Engineering1833023
Nuclear Engineering3053
Operations Research-0-
Systems Engineering-34
Transportation and Highway Engineering-50
Category total69712883
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology5261
Category total5261
Health Professions and Related Programs
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies8--
Category total8--
Legal Professions and Studies
Pre-Law Studies0--
Category total0--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-10-
Financial Mathematics-43-
Mathematics, General3818
Category total38548
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science512
Human Computer Interaction-2-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General302
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1300
Natural Sciences-0-
Science, Technology and Society715
Category total2849
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science3--
Category total3--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy20-
Category total20-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1738
Geology/Earth Science, General641
Hydrology and Water Resources Science00-
Physical Sciences, Other00-
Physics, General38136
Physics, Other14--
Category total752015
Psychology
Psychology, General100-
Category total100-
Social Sciences
Economics, General51-
Economics, Other-11
Social Sciences, General000
Social Sciences, Other-00
Category total521
Visual and Performing Arts
Game and Interactive Media Design30--
Visual and Performing Arts, General121
Category total3121
Grand total1,294390150
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined16077
Baseball42
Basketball1814
Field Hockey24
Football92
Golf8
Ice Hockey2624
Lacrosse4424
Soccer3131
Softball16
Swimming and Diving3122
Tennis910
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1927 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible312
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery212
Aggravated assault000
Burglary1517
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible212
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary0317
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) 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 Year20102009
Default rate2.5%2.6%
Number in default2926
Number in repayment1,125963
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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