Impressions Of
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

To Attend

  • “You’ll meet an interesting mix of students here from very different backgrounds. There’s everyone from international students to ROTC students to people who are from the New York area. It’s a very diverse community.”
  • “If you’re in a smaller department, you’ll be able to get to know your professors really well. If you’re in a bigger department, you’ll get a lot of interesting professors from different backgrounds.”
  • “The kind of care they have for freshmen. They have different activities that kept me here.”
  • “The education. There’s a history there with it being the first polytechnic institute.”
  • “Great education, great jobs, and great graduate schools. RPI also has a great grad school and you can go there too.”
  • “The networking and different opportunities you have both locally and internationally. It is a big name and a lot of companies know of RPI. It’s prestigious, so that will help with job opportunities.”

To Not Attend

  • “The administration is one of the biggest problems on campus and there’s a very negative perception of them on campus from the students.” [See Renew Rensselaer and Save The Union.]
  • “The value of RPI, in comparison to a public university, is not as worth it because I don’t think you’re getting all that much in return for how much more you’re paying, especially considering the facilities on campus aren’t very good. There’s a lot of things you see that should be fixed, like, sometimes our WiFi doesn’t work or the projectors don’t work.” [Total costs of RPI in 2019-2020 is $73,816.]
  • “If you want a campus that has a lot more parties, this isn’t a great place. You’ll have fun here, but it’s not going to be a party experience.”
  • “The school has a good humanities program, but there aren’t as many traditional humanities offerings. The offerings for humanities are good, but they are not as good as other schools.”
  • “If you don’t like the cold, that’s a great reason to not go here. It snows a lot and it’s very cold.”
  • “A downfall is that it’s so heavily male.” [About 69% of students are male.]
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January 30, 2023

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