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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 24 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

32% Women
68% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Liberty League Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $71,303)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $52,315)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 128 60 - -
Baseball 29 - - -
Basketball 14 12 - Yes
Field Hockey - 22 - Yes
Football 102 - Yes -
Golf 9 - - -
Ice Hockey 27 21 Yes Yes
Lacrosse 37 24 Yes -
Soccer 37 25 Yes Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Swimming 15 15 - -
Swimming and Diving 17 27 Yes -
Tennis 12 11 Yes -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Volleyball - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.8%
Hispanic 5.5%
Non-resident alien 10.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.6%
Two or more races 1.8%
White/non-Hispanic 68.3%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 1
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Michaela from Brewster, NY
  • 4
  • Kind of small depending on where you live. The freshman five all seem like a typical college dorm. Barton is newer and has air conditioning. BarH is closer to the…

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  • Eryka from Bogart, GA
  • 3
  • None of the freshman dorms (except for Barton Hall) have air conditioning, which isn't a huge deal for most of the year, but it's slightly annoying the first month or…

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  • Emily from Westminster, MA
  • 3
  • Freshman year you walk in knowing no one. But in just a few weeks, everyone is your best friend. Floor gatherings are common, especially the 2:00 a.m. pancake and movie…

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  • Hannah
  • 4
  • I have only had that RPI kid roommates, the crazy kind that has some sort of disorder and really needs help but is a genius. There are mostly normal, amazing…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Beth from Derry, NH
  • I am a current student here

    Some students complain about the food, however; I think they have a variety of food where everyone can find something they enjoy. They recently built a Panera which is very popular.

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  • 3
  • Meghan from Gaysville, VT
  • I am a current student here

    I am pretty picky and they had lots of options at the dining halls but I preferred to use my "flex" dollars to buy food at the market.

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  • 5
  • Daniel from Bronx, NY
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food is great here. You buy a certain amount of swipes. These swipes let you into a dining hall in which you can stay as long as you like and eat however much you like. There are also small places you can go to get a snack rather than a buffet style meal. These use flex dollars.

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  • 4
  • Peter from Howard Beach, NY
  • I am a current student here

    It's alright. Not bad, pretty good. It can be really good some days. This morning they had "Greek potatoes" as an option for breakfast with sausage which was really good. For holidays they usually have really good food as well, and pretty decent brick oven pizza. Free ice cream and chocolate milk is a great plus. The food can get repetitive sometimes but, eh, it's college. You shouldn't expect a 5 star meal plan.

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  • 4
  • massachusetts
  • I am a current student here

    love how you just walk into a dining hall and food is already prepared for you

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  • 4
  • ma
  • I am a current student here

    the food isn't amazing, but it's what you would expect for a college. some dinners have been surprisingly very good, and there is always something decent to eat for every meal. i think their breakfast is the best.

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  • 3
  • west hempstead, ny
  • I am a past student here

    the food and dining is average, nothing special. besides the student union the only other nice place to get good food is a long walk away from the other dorms.

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  • 3
  • Benjamin from Scotts Valley, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Not real great food. But better than a lot of cafeteria food I have had in the past. On occasion, outside chefs are brought in to do a special meal.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Meghan from Gaysville, VT
  • I am a current student here

    There are 27 frats and 5 sororities. The frats have pretty fun parties sometimes, but greek life isn't huge at the school.

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  • 0
  • Eryka from Bogart, GA
  • I am a current student here

    It's wonderful! I know that at least for the sororities, there is no hazing at all. In my sorority, we had a gift week where our then-unknown Bigs gave us gifts throughout the week. The Greek population here is generally very friendly and active on campus. There are somewhere around 30 fraternities on campus, with many having a house or apartment where the brothers live. There are five sororities total, with three main social ones. The IFC and Panhellenic Council preside over all the Greeks and there are Greek events throughout the year. Going Greek is a great way to make connections that might end up assisting you in finding future job opportunities (in addition to the fun social side of it).

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  • 0
  • Emily from Newfoundland, PA
  • I am a current student here

    The Greek life is very respectable and traditional, but don't be fooled we have our deal of parties. The party atmosphere at RPI is much calmer with almost each party requiring an invite to enter. One doesn't have to worry about random people entering and the brothers and sisters involved in Greek are great people and are really nice.

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  • 0
  • Hannah
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty huge here, more so for guys than girls. There are only 5 sororities but around 30 frats. Frat parties are usually the big events on the weekends so it helps to be a brother so you can get in. Girls can always get in.

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  • 0
  • Melissa from New Brighton, MN
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge. One in four students are a part of a Greek organization and for good reason. All houses provide a network of students that can help you with classes, relate to your problems, and help you through school. Plus there are enough houses on campus so anyone can find one they fit into! I love the Greek system here.

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  • 0
  • Brett from South Bend, IN
  • I am a current student here

    Plenty of frats and sororities to join if you'd like to. I'm not in one personally, but all of them are open to outsiders.

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