Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews
As a minority female engineer, I truly enjoyed my four-year experience at RPI. This was a school that made me feel included, with clubs like Society of Women Engineers and mentors to provide me with guidance. It also provided me with internship and co-op experiences that I could not have gotten on my own without the help of Career Services at RPI.
I enjoyed my time at RPI, and I miss it a lot sometimes. The campus is very nice, and the region has a lot of natural beauty. The city of Troy, while not great, is not nearly so bad as people say (I think it's come a long way over the years). But keep in mind that it's a small university in a small city. Albany is a short drive away but also isn't all that exciting. RPI itself is on a hill above Troy and has great views out over the city and the Hudson. You can see to Albany easily. I had a lot of good professors, a handful of excellent ones, a few mediocre ones, and no bad ones (though I've heard they exist). The academics are quite rigorous, I think even more so for engineering students, and you do have to study a lot, but everyone else is in the same boat. A lot of people complain about the workload. But even that seems nostalgic to me now, I felt like I learned a lot, and getting an A on an exam felt like a great achievement when the average was in the 70s. Also, employers, especially in the Northeast, know well that RPI is a tough school. I had no problem landing job interviews with great companies as I was approaching graduation. I was able to land a good internship during the summer after my freshman year, too. I felt that RPI was an easy place to meet people and make friends, especially with all the clubs and student organizations. Some people disagree, but in my experience they weren't trying very hard. By the way, if you're considering going to RPI out of high school, ask to live in BARH. Not many people request it, but pretty much everyone who lives there loves it. It's a little outdated, but has the biggest freshman dorms, a dining hall in the building (very nice in winter), and the student population is very close knit because it's a bit of a walk to get to the other freshman dorms (about 5 mins). It's also a farther walk to get to campus, but there's a shuttle if you don't want to walk.
RPI was an excellent school. Very challenging curriculum. My experience at RPI was exceptional. The professors and school staff were extremely knowledgeable in the curriculum areas. The campus is beautiful and there was plenty of off campus housing available.
A challenging university for future scientists and engineers with an amazing community. It a rewarding experience from the start with academically challenging classes, and I was so glad to be able to attend RPI.
I really enjoyed Rensselaer, I thought it was a great campus and the curriculum attracted very bright students who were there specifically to study engineering, for the most part. I loved the seasons and location and I feel like the school reminded me of a small, close-knit community. Just be aware that RPI is a SMALL school with somewhat limited degree offerings - if you are undecided on your major or don't know that science/engineering is what you want to study, you probably want to consider a larger school with more degree pathways.
Difficult school, but has excellent opportunities for undergraduate research.