Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
#186 Overall Influence#1177 Desirability Rank

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Private research university in Troy, New York, United States

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) was founded in 1824. RPI is organized into six schools, which together comprise 37 departments. The majority of courses they offer have a STEM emphasis. RPI’s most popular courses are those in engineering, in computer and information sciences, and in physical sciences.

RPI is associated with one Nobel laureate—Ivar Giaever for physics.

Other distinguished RPI-connected individuals include the following:

RPI is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

20,402

Acceptance

43%

Graduation Rate

83%

Median SAT Score

1415

Median ACT Score

31

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$52,550

Fees (in-state)

$1,330

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$21,259
30K-48K$20,731
48K-75K$28,821
75K-110K$33,990
110K+$44,553

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$86,000

Employed

94%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

8K

Under-Grads

7K

Graduates

1K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

110 8th St, Troy NY 12180-3590

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

9 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

36 per 100k

Violent Crime

7 per 100k

What is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#31 World Rank #24 USA Rank
Engineering
#63 World Rank #40 USA Rank
Computer Science
#132 World Rank #48 USA Rank
Physics
#174 World Rank #64 USA Rank
Chemistry
#194 World Rank #67 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#94 World Rank #76 USA Rank
Communications
#228 World Rank #87 USA Rank
Mathematics
#151 World Rank #112 USA Rank
Business
#266 World Rank #120 USA Rank
Biology
#388 World Rank #148 USA Rank
Economics
#385 World Rank #166 USA Rank
Sociology
#444 World Rank #167 USA Rank
Philosophy
#505 World Rank #219 USA Rank
Medical
#564 World Rank #296 USA Rank
Psychology
#984 World Rank #487 USA Rank
Law

Other areas of influence

#293 World Rank #152 USA Rank
Education
#385 World Rank #209 USA Rank
History
#696 World Rank #404 USA Rank
Social Work
#907 World Rank #371 USA Rank
Anthropology
#994 World Rank #716 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#1238 World Rank #584 USA Rank
Political Science

Influential People

Who are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Most influential alumni?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, and Communications. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s most academically influential people include Marcian Hoff, George Low, and Ray Tomlinson.

Marcian Hoff
Marcian Hoff

American electrical engineer

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George Low
George Low

American NASA administrator and President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Ray Tomlinson
Ray Tomlinson

American computer programmer

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Lois Graham
Lois Graham

American mechanical engineer

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Michael D. West
Michael D. West

American businessman

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Dennis Tito
Dennis Tito

American businessman

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Ivar Giaever
Ivar Giaever

Norwegian physicist

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Nariman Farvardin

American academic

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Peter van Inwagen

American philosopher

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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

Programmer and major contributor to the Linux project

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Meera Nanda

Indian philosopher and writer

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Washington Roebling
Washington Roebling

American civil engineer

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