Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Jonsson Engineering Center 3004
Troy, NY 12180

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#38 Best Engineering Schools


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The School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has an application deadline of January 1. The application fee is $75 for U.S. residents and $75 for international students. Its tuition is full-time: $45,100 per year and part-time: $1,879 per credit. The 2013 Ph.D. student-faculty ratio is 3.4:1. The School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has 155 full-time faculty on staff.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering dedicates more than $40 million annually to research initiatives across eight interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation and the Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research. The collaborative research centers at RPI’s School of Engineering combine engineering expertise with the university’s other schools and departments. Graduate students at the Troy, N.Y., school can partner with faculty exploring research areas ranging from radiation exposure to energy efficiency at the International Space Station.

The diverse range of research opportunities complements the degree offerings at Rensselaer’s School of Engineering, which offers 20 different graduate degrees across the school’s seven departments. Those departments include biomedical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; chemical and biological engineering; decision sciences and engineering systems; electrical, computer, and systems engineering; mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering; and materials science and engineering. The School of Engineering, which also offers four part-time degree programs, enrolls 45 percent of all grad students at RPI.

In addition to classroom and research opportunities, graduate students at Rensselaer can participate in community outreach initiatives such as Engineers Without Borders or Habitat for Humanity. Students can also network with the engineering community through one of several professional societies with chapters on campus.

Notable alumni from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering include Claire Fraser-Liggett, a leading microbiologist and former director of the Institute for Genomic Research; and Steven Sasson, inventor of the first digital camera.


Application deadline (U.S. residents) January 1
Application fee (U.S. residents) $75
Application deadline (international students) January 1
Application fee (international students) $75


Full-time faculty (tenured or tenure-track) 155
Ph.D. student/faculty ratio 3.4:1

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 578
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Gender distribution (full-time)



full-time: $45,100 per year
part-time: $1,879 per credit

Required fees $1,972 per year

* Engineering School Overview details based on 2013 data

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