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Rensselaer Polytech. InState

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

Location

Address
110 8th St
City
Troy
State
NY
Zip/Post Code
12180

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
5452
Total Graduate enrollment
1249
In State Tuition Fees
46700
Out State Tuition Fees
46700
ACT Score
29
SAT Score
1376
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.81
Male Female Ratio
69:31
Acceptance Rate
37%
Student Faculty Ratio
15:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Puckman
Colors
Cherry And White
Conference
Liberty League

College History

History

The Rensselaer School was established in Troy, New York, in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer �for the purpose of instructing persons ... in the application of science to the common purposes of life.� It is �...the first school of science and school of civil engineering, which has had a continuous existence, to be established in any English-speaking country� 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 Institute�s name was changed in 1861 to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rensselaer maintains an online archive of five rare books covering the Institute�s early history. Published between 1855 and 1968, the books detail Rensselaer�s founding and development, and place the school in the context of scientific and technological education in the 19th and 20th centuries.

College Specialty

Specialty

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.

Alumni

Alumni

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.

Campus

Campus

Urban, 275 acres (111 ha)

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