Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: New York


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is combining its legacy of leadership in technology-based education with an expanding emphasis on the pursuit of discovery. Discover challenging and leading-edge academic programs that offer opportunities for hands-on learning. Explore more than 160 student-run clubs and organizations ¢¥†¥” offering you the best in leadership, cultural, social, and athletic opportunities. Experience a global university changing the world for more than 183 years.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 6777
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Faculty: 588

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
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Contact Information

110 8th St
Troy New York 12180


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Main Phone: 518-276-6000

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Admissions Contact:
Nicholas J. Rosato
Associate Director, Admissions

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Athletics Contact:
Karen Hansen

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 (may be higher for some disciplines), special circumstances will be considered when the admissions decision is made.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses where a grade of at least a C has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
Min-12 credits. Max-64 (128 credit program); 60 (120 credit program). You must complete 4 full-time semesters and undergrads must complete 64 credits at Rensselaer to earn a bachelors's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required if applying with less than 4 completed full-time semesters.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Request one letter of recommendation either from an instructor who has taught you or from an academic dean or counselor.

Essay(s) required:
The essay is optional for all transfer applicants. However, we do encourage you to submit an essay with your transfer application. The essay should address why you want to transfer to Rensselaer, and should be approximately 250-500 words.

Application Fee:
There is a $70 non-refundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Electronic Arts, Architecture, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences applicants are required to submit a creative portfolio.

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 402

Transfers Accepted: 223

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 55%

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Admissions Data From: Fall 2011



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Rensselaer has a wide range of aid options including grants, scholarships, loans and work programs to assist in making a Rensselaer education possible. Most of our merit based awards simply require you to apply for admission.

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