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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, with two additional campuses in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton for the "application of science to the common purposes of life" and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world
The Rensselaer School was established in Troy, New York, in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer ï¿½for the purpose of instructing persons ... in the application of science to the common purposes of life.ï¿½ It is ï¿½...the first school of science and school of civil engineering, which has had a continuous existence, to be established in any English-speaking countryï¿½ according to Palmer C. Ricketts in his preface to the second edition of his History of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1914). In 1833 the school became the Rensselaer Institute, and in the 1850s its purpose was broadened to become a polytechnic institution. The Instituteï¿½s name was changed in 1861 to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rensselaer maintains an online archive of five rare books covering the Instituteï¿½s early history. Published between 1855 and 1968, the books detail Rensselaerï¿½s founding and development, and place the school in the context of scientific and technological education in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Rensselaer educates the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers. We celebrate discovery, and the responsible application of technology, to create knowledge and global prosperity.
According to the Rensselaer Alumni Association, there are around 90,000 RPI graduates currently living in the United States, and another 4,378 living abroad. In 1995, the Alumni Association created the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame.
Urban, 275 acres (111 ha)