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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2016

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Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admissions information is subject to change from year to year. For the most up-to-date information on requirements, application process, deadlines, testing, and other relevant topics, please refer to the admissions pages on the Web at http://admissions.rpi.edu.

Rensselaer accepts the Common Application, the Universal College Application, or the Candidate’s Choice Application and gives equal consideration to all. If you apply via the Universal College Application, Rensselaer also requires you to submit the appropriate Supplemental Form.

Rensselaer admits qualified students without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability.

Freshman Admission
Admission to Rensselaer is competitive. The Committee on Admissions, in evaluating the qualifications of each applicant, pays particular attention to (1) academic performance throughout secondary school; (2) results of the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or results of the ACT Assessment (ACT); (3) the recommendation from the applicant’s school; and (4) character and extracurricular achievements.

Students interested in Rensselaer have the option of applying to one of the five schools or as undeclared candidates. Architecture and Electronic Arts applicants are required to submit a creative portfolio. Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences and Electronic Media Arts and Communication applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a creative portfolio.

Applications for freshman admission should be addressed to Rensselaer Admissions and filed by January 15 of the year in which the applicant expects to begin his or her college program. The nonrefundable application processing fee for all applications submitted is $70.

Accelerated Programs Applicants to the physician-scientist and law programs must apply by November 1. Special requirements apply to this process. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further detail, or access Rensselaer’s undergraduate Web site under the appropriate heading.

Early Decision Rensselaer offers a binding early decision opportunity to students who have decided definitely that Rensselaer is their first choice. An Early Decision application must be received by November 1 (Early Decision 1) or December 15 (Early Decision 2) of the candidate’s senior year in secondary school. Early Decision is not available to students applying to the accelerated programs.

Early Admission Rensselaer considers candidates who have completed all admission requirements and who wish to enter the university after the junior year of high school. Early Admission is not possible for the accelerated programs in medicine, law, or for the School of Architecture.

January Admission Rensselaer does enroll students beginning in January. A full range of freshman courses is available during the spring semester, and the midyear entrant may pursue a degree through the traditional eight-semester timetable or accelerate through summer work. January admission is not possible for the accelerated programs in medicine, law, the School of Architecture, or for the program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Applying to Rensselaer
Academic Preparation
All applications are reviewed individually by the Admissions Committee. It is important to note that some differences in preparation and academic background may be considered. The applicants who are best suited for Rensselaer will have completed four years of English, four years of mathematics through pre-calculus, three years of science including chemistry and physics, and two years of social studies and/or history. Additionally, the admissions committee pays particular attention to candidates who demonstrate qualities and talents that will contribute to the richness of the Rensselaer community.

Note to international applicants: Official transcripts must be translated into English. The international financial statement must be completed and mailed with the application.

Standardized Test Requirements
SAT or ACT with writing
SAT Subject Tests in Math (Level 1 or 2) and Science (biology, chemistry, or physics) for accelerated program applicants only (or ACT in lieu of SAT and SAT Subject Tests).
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (international applicants only). Applicants must have a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test (PBT), a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based test (CBT), or an 88 on the Internet-based test (iBT).
Portfolio Requirements
Architecture and Electronic Arts candidates are required to submit a creative portfolio online at https://rpi.slideroom.com/.
Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences and Electronic Media Arts and Communication candidates may submit a creative portfolio online at https://rpi.slideroom.com/ or on CD-Rom.
Entrance Tests Candidates for freshman entrance are expected to take the College Entrance Examination Board’s SAT or the ACT.

These examinations may be taken at the student’s convenience, but not later than the December test date for ACT or the January test date for College Board sponsored tests in the senior year. Early Decision applicants must complete the tests by the November test date. The Admissions Committee cannot assure full consideration if tests are taken later than these dates. The student is responsible for having all test results sent directly to Rensselaer by the testing service.

Note: Please include Rensselaer’s institutional code of 2757 for the SAT and TOEFL exams, and include the college code of 2866 for the ACT Assessment. This will ensure that the scores arrive at Rensselaer’s Admissions Office.

Accelerated Program Requirements The SAT and SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with writing will be accepted in fulfillment of test requirements for students applying for the seven-year accelerated physician-scientist and six-year law programs. These students must complete the tests by the December test date. The SAT Subject Tests are required in Mathematics (Level 1C or 2C) and Science (biology, chemistry, or physics).

Application Fee and Admission Deposit A non-refundable fee of $70 is required with every application to a baccalaureate program at Rensselaer. A candidate who accepts Rensselaer’s offer of admission reserves his or her place in the class by making a nonrefundable $500 deposit by May 1. These funds are credited toward the student’s first semester charges. If the student does not enroll, the deposit is forfeited.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students with the appropriate background may be admitted at any time.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

More than 1,000 international students representing 62 nations are enrolled at Rensselaer. Through the Offices of Admissions and International Services for Students and Scholars, Rensselaer provides special services to ensure that international students make a seamless entrance into Rensselaer’s academic community and are geared to success in their endeavors. Freshman and transfer international applicants should begin planning at least a year in advance of application deadlines.

Freshman International Applicants Submit a completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts for secondary school, with English translations; official results of SAT exam; and results of the TOEFL. For students who will study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is also required. Please also refer to the Freshman Admission section on general admission, standardized test, and portfolio requirements.

Transfer International Applicants Submit a completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts with English translations; results of the TOEFL; and a letter of recommendation from a college official. Students with less than four semesters of post-secondary study must also submit official transcripts of secondary school studies and SAT results. For students who will study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is also required. Architecture, Electronic Arts, and Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences applicants are required to submit a portfolio.

English Language Requirement There are several options for international students to demonstrate their English language proficiency. These options include achieving minimum scores on one of the following testing options: 88 (TOEFL iBT); 570 (TOEFL PBT); or 7.0 (IELTS).

Financial Aid With the exception of Canadian citizens, Rensselaer does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.

Freshman International Applicants Submit a completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts for secondary school, with English translations; official results of SAT exam; and results of the TOEFL. For students who will study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is also required. Please also refer to the Freshman Admission section on general admission, standardized test, and portfolio requirements.

Transfer International Applicants Submit a completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts with English translations; results of the TOEFL; and a letter of recommendation from a college official. Students with less than four semesters of post-secondary study must also submit official transcripts of secondary school studies and SAT results. For students who will study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is also required. Architecture, Electronic Arts, and Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences applicants are required to submit a portfolio.

English Language Requirement There are several options for international students to demonstrate their English language proficiency. These options include achieving minimum scores on one of the following testing options: 580 (SAT Critical Reading); 88 (TOEFL iBT); 230 (TOEFL CBT); 570 (TOEFL PBT); or 7.0 (IELTS).

Financial Aid With the exception of Canadian citizens, Rensselaer does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.

Residency Requirements

In order to earn a Rensselaer undergraduate degree, a student must be registered full-time for a minimum of four semesters and must complete at least 64 credits at Rensselaer, all of which will be applied to the baccalaureate degree. Two semesters of part-time study at Rensselaer will be considered equivalent to one semester of full-time study. If a transfer student elects to study abroad in a program not affiliated with the Institute, no more than 16 credits may be transferred from that program. These credits will not be considered in the 64 credits which must be completed at Rensselaer. Students who participate in study-abroad programs that are affiliated with the Institute can count those transfer credits toward the 64 credits taken at Rensselaer.

The Institute requires a degree candidate to earn the last 30 credits in courses completed on this campus or through a program formally recognized by the Institute. Transfer courses are limited to two courses or eight credits counting towards the student’s last 30 credits and require the approval of the director of the Advising and Learning Assistance Center.

Rensselaer offers transfer students a wide range of aid options and a staff of financial aid professionals who will work with them to devise the best solutions. Students interested in federal and/or Rensselaer need-based financial aid are required to complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For further information on our financial aid programs, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 276-6813, or e-mail them at finaid@rpi.edu.


Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students are an important part of the university community. Each year, Rensselaer enrolls more than 200 transfer students from accredited two-and four-year colleges in the United States and many other countries. Rensselaer accepts transfer students for all programs except the accelerated programs in medicine and law.

To be considered for transfer admission, a student should have earned at least 12 credit hours in the appropriate course work at another accredited college or university. Admissions requirements vary across programs.

Transfer students are an important part of the university community. Each year, Rensselaer enrolls more than 200 transfer students from accredited two-and four-year colleges in the United States and many other countries. Rensselaer accepts transfer students for all programs except the accelerated programs in medicine and law.

To be considered for transfer admission, a student should have earned at least 12 credit hours in the appropriate course work at another accredited college or university. Admissions requirements vary across programs.

Transfer applicants should submit an application by June 1 for fall entrance, November 1 for spring entrance, and by March 1 for entrance to the School of Architecture. In addition to the application form, students should submit a non-refundable $70 application fee, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, and a faculty letter of recommendation from the major department. Applicants to the School of Architecture, Electronic Arts, and Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences programs must also submit a creative portfolio with their applications. Students with less than four semesters of full-time college work should also submit a complete high school record. A high school record consists of an official transcript, results of standardized tests, and a recommendation from a high school official.

Transfer admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Files are reviewed when they become complete and notification is sent to the student. Once a student has been admitted, the faculty will review all previous course work to determine transfer of credit. Each student will be mailed an evaluation of all previous course work. Students must send a syllabus or catalog description for all previous course work.

In order to earn a Rensselaer undergraduate degree, a student must be registered full-time for a minimum of four semesters and must complete at least 64 credits at Rensselaer, all of which will be applied to the baccalaureate degree. Two semesters of part-time study at Rensselaer will be considered equivalent to one semester of full-time study. If a transfer student elects to study abroad in a program not affiliated with the Institute, no more than 16 credits may be transferred from that program. These credits will not be considered in the 64 credits which must be completed at Rensselaer. Students who participate in study-abroad programs that are affiliated with the Institute can count those transfer credits toward the 64 credits taken at Rensselaer.

The Institute requires a degree candidate to earn the last 30 credits in courses completed on this campus or through a program formally recognized by the Institute. Transfer courses are limited to two courses or eight credits counting towards the student’s last 30 credits and require the approval of the director of the Advising and Learning Assistance Center.

Rensselaer offers transfer students a wide range of aid options and a staff of financial aid professionals who will work with them to devise the best solutions. Students interested in federal and/or Rensselaer need-based financial aid are required to complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For further information on our financial aid programs, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 276-6813, or e-mail them at finaid@rpi.edu.

Two-Year College Affiliated Program Students graduating with an A.S. degree from a two-year or community college

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 56
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 37