Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was awarded 387 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is architecture (other).

Overall Quality

RPI landed the #62 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when RPI held the #65 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 143 colleges in New York, RPI is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into RPI?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a competitive 57%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to RPI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 720. Math scores were between 680 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 620 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 680 to 780 )
RPI received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 29 to 34 )

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at RPI for first-time, full-time students is 62%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,283 undergraduates at RPI with 6,262 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

How Much Does Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of RPI is $33,937. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RPI

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,878 $20,738 $29,788 $31,589 $43,003

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of RPI, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At RPI, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $10,027 a year. That adds up to $40,108 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RPI is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do RPI Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from RPI with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $93,416 in their early years. That's great news for RPI students since it is 120% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute make the most money.

Location of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Troy, New York. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for RPI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 110 8Th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone: 518-276-6000

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Of these students, 1,576 received undergraduate degrees and 597 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 262 $83,880
Mechanical Engineering 239 $65,319
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 114 $64,354
Biomedical Engineering 105 $63,784
Electrical Engineering 96 $72,826
Computer Engineering Technology 76 $76,042
Chemical Engineering 74 $66,991
Mathematics 69 $67,066
Civil Engineering 62 $67,648
Business Administration & Management 61 $56,988

Learn more about the majors offered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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