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Rank: 229

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NYwww.rpi.edu
Even though about 70% of students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are male, undergraduates call it the most "well-rounded" of the tech schools, with an active campus life and a vast choice of majors. Contrary to popular belief, RPI's student body isn't obsessed with supercomputing. Although renowned for its science, engineering, and mathematics programs, the college has recently expanded its humanities, arts, and communication departments. RPI's unusual combined Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) program has received substantial funding in recent years (as have the school's Division III sports teams). At this midsize college of about 7,500 students, the community is large enough that not everyone knows each other's business but small enough to develop lasting personal relationships. Some students live in co-ed dorms, but housing is guaranteed only to freshman, and just 50% of students live on campus. There's a definite emphasis on academics and a fair amount of academic competition -- many students choose to double major after finishing their core curriculum. When not holed up in the library or computer labs, students attend off-campus fraternity parties, since the school's drinking policies are strict. Located in Troy, just a mile from the Hudson River, RPI offers students ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$71,800
% of students who get any grants
88%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$40,200
Average price for low-income students
$21,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,371
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
26%
Average merit grant
$17,920
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$27,500
Average salary within 3 years
$67,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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