Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) updates


Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was the first technological university in the English-speaking world. The university offers degrees from five schools: Architecture;  EngineeringHumanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; the Lally School of Management; and Science; as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology and Web Science.

As Rensselaer approaches its third century of innovation and discovery, the Institute remains committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow. A Rensselaer education, through innovative pedagogy, global challenge-linked research, and a transformative student experience, positions graduates to truly change the world. This is The New Polytechnic.

Karen S. Long, Director
Undergraduate Admissions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Academic & Professional Opportunity

Some of the best and most exciting studies lie at the edges of traditional disciplines. A Rensselaer education is challenging, interactive, and highly relevant. Students immerse themselves in course work that combines theory with learning by experience in unparalleled facilities, using advanced technology.

RPI offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, each of which can be supplemented with a paid, professional work experience as part of our co-op program, an interdisciplinary research experience,  a global experience through our study abroad program, an infusion of entrepreneurial spirit, or a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree through our Co-Terminal Program.

Why Not Change the World?

Rensselaer alumni  have shaped the world around them. Our graduates constructed the canals, roads, bridges, skyscrapers, and basic infrastructure of America, which helped to form the basis for 20th century society. They have also served as astronauts, founded multinational companies, and invented countless innovations including the digital camera, sunscreen, the cathode ray tube, and email.

The Summer Arch

The Summer Arch is a unique approach for student development and growth that prepares students to meet the multifaceted challenges of the 21st century. The Summer Arch will augment academic and experiential programs, and provide an even more robust and transformative educational experience for undergraduate students.

The Summer Arch is a restructuring of the Rensselaer academic calendar, creating additional opportunities for experiential learning that complement curricular and co-curricular offerings at Rensselaer. Rising juniors will attend a full summer semester, the Summer Arch, between their sophomore and junior years, followed by an “away” semester taken during either the fall or spring of the junior year. This will allow students to take advantage of the numerous experiential learning activities available off campus, including international travel, internships, co-ops, research opportunities, and engagement in community service projects.

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