Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranked?

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2022 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 416 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, RPI is ranked #65 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

RPI also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into RPI?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a competitive 43%, 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 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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at RPI it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. 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  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At RPI the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 63%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,241 undergraduates at RPI with 6,218 being full-time and 23 being part-time.

How Much Does Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Cost?

The overall average net price of RPI is $35,464. 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 +
$22,662 $24,361 $26,797 $34,046 $43,869

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,358 a year. That adds up to $41,432 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RPI is 0.5%. 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 $82,000 in their early years. This is good news for future RPI graduates since it is 106% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 60 majors graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Of these students, 1,572 received undergraduate degrees and 520 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 255 $91,900
Mechanical Engineering 233 $66,700
Chemical Engineering 109 $66,000
Biomedical Engineering 102 $66,500
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 101 $69,000
Electrical Engineering 91 $74,000
Business Administration & Management 76 $57,700
Computer Engineering Technology 74 $88,400
Civil Engineering 70 $66,000
Mathematics 66 $70,500

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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