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Located in New York State's historic capitol region, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's mission is to face the emerging challenges of the 21st century head on, 'to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world'. RPI students develop essential skills for rapidly developing industries including biotechnology, dig data analytics, cybersecurity and nanotechnology 'to address the urgent issues of today and the emerging issues of tomorrow'.

Key Facts


  • #60 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #34 in Undergraduate Engineering programs
  • #84 in Business programs

Year founded

  • 1824 

School type

  • Private, Research University 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 5,614

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 1,160

Student-faculty ratio

  • 13:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 53%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1360 and 1520 / ACT 32-34

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.91

International student population

  • 15%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.63 – 3.79

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 85% employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $70,782

Popular majors

  • Architecture, Business, Engineering, IT/ Web Science, General Science 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $58,600/$16,980


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include Architecture, Business, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, IT & Web Science, Science.

  • RPI hosts 32 different research centers on campus, including the Center for Earth Quake Engineering Simulation and the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment
  • 135 different undergraduate and graduate programs
  • More than 200 clubs and organizations on campus
  • Famous alumni include Claire M. Fraser, Genome Studies pioneer, Director of Institute for Genome Sciences at University of Maryland School of Medicine; Reid Hoffman, investor, entrepreneur and founder of LinkedIn; Steven J. Sasson, researcher at Eastman Kodak Co., inventor of the digital camera 
Kings alumni at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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