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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was awarded 91 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is civil engineering.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, RPI is ranked #58 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 132 colleges in New York, RPI is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into RPI?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 43%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 66% 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 640 and 730. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 640 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 680 to 770 )
RPI received ACT scores from 34% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  ( 28 to 32 )

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 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 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at RPI

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,366 undergraduates at RPI with 6,340 being full-time and 26 being part-time.

RPI Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 90.81 out of 100, RPI is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  90.81 out of 100
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How Much Does Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of RPI is $36,159. 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 +
$21,259 $20,731 $28,821 $33,990 $44,553

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RPI, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $10,477 a year. That adds up to $41,908 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RPI is 1.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from RPI make around $82,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for RPI students since it is 106% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private not-for-profit institution located in Troy, New York. The location of RPI is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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 60 majors graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Of these students, 1,359 received undergraduate degrees and 516 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 197 $91,900
Mechanical Engineering 191 $66,700
Chemical Engineering 115 $66,000
Biomedical Engineering 85 $66,500
Electrical Engineering 83 $74,000
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 77 $69,000
Business Administration & Management 76 $57,700
Computer Engineering Technology 72 $88,400
General Architecture 58 $50,200
Civil Engineering 52 $66,000

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

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