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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


SAT or ACT with writing required. SAT subject tests in Math (level 1 and 2) and Science (biology, chemistry, or physics) for accelerated 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 a minimum of 88 on the Internet-based test (IBT).


The applicants who are best suited for Rensselaer will have completed four years of English, four years of math 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.