Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at RPI, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
This School has Superb Overall Diversity
We combine elements of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for every school.
Quite diverse across all factors, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ranked #296 nationwide.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Racial Diversity
Ethnically-diverse college campuses offer students the opportunity to study and learn with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is ranked #609 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
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This chart will display the diversity of undergraduate students at RPI if it is available.
RPI ranks above average in racial diversity.
The faculty's racial diversity is on par with the national average.
Low Balance of Male and Female Students
If you're seeking a college with an equal number of male and female students, this may not be the choice for you.
At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the disparity between men and women on campus is higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at RPI is mostly male.
This institution is ranked at #1,710 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 4,325 males and 2,041 females.
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If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among RPI's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is higher than the national average.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among RPI's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at RPI is above average.
Excellent Location Diversity From Across the United States
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
About 32.8% of the students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute come from within New York. This puts RPI's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #105.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 48 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at RPI
There is a relatively large community of about 1,494 international students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute representing at least 43 countries. For more complete information, see the RPI International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 73.5% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank RPI #2,290 in the nation for student age diversity.
RPI Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at RPI.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Largely speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief cultures and systems that come with them. When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are actually seeking are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures.
- How is RPI doing at supporting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how RPI is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to RPI?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what type of clubs and support groups are available to encourage unique perspectives.