Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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world rank  251

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University Overview

Established in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Troy (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), New York. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Hartford, Groton. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 196 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym RPI
Founded 1824
Motto Knowledge and Thoroughness
Colours Cherry and white

University Location

Address 110 8Th Street
Troy (population range: 10,000-49,999)
12180-3590 New York
United States
T +1 (518) 276 6000
F +1 (518) 276 8702
Other locations Hartford, Groton

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office 110 Eighth Street
Troy 12180-3590
+1 (518) 2766216

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 6,000-6,999
Academic Staff 400-499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB International; Engineering Accreditation Commission EAC of ABET; American Chemical Society ACS; National Architectural Accrediting Board NAAB

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


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