Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a private research university located in Troy, New York, United States. It was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer for the “application of science to the common purposes of life”, and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. Built on a hillside, RPI’s 275-acre (111 ha) campus overlooks the historic city of Troy and the Hudson River and is a blend of traditional and modern architecture. The institute operates an on-campus business incubator and the 1,250-acre (510 ha) Rensselaer Technology Park, and is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.
RPI’s mission has slowly evolved over the years while retaining a focus on the scientific and technological roots upon which it was founded. Over the past century, RPI has grown into a university with 5 schools: The School of Architecture, The School of Engineering, The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, The School of Science, and the Lally School of Management & Technology. All together, the university offers around 140 degree programs in 60 fields leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. RPI consistently ranks in the top 50 among US universities for overall academics and among the top 50 worldwide for technology. Adopted by the Board of Trustees in 1995, RPI’s current mission is to “educate the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers. We celebrate discovery, and the responsible application of technology, to create knowledge and global prosperity.”
Undergraduate Tuition The tuition for a normal undergraduate program (12 to 21 credit hours a semester) is $34,900 per academic year. This includes use of apparatus, athletic fields, and gymnasium, but charges for breakage in laboratory classes are additional.
Summer session tuition for undergraduates is $1019.00 per credit hour.
Undergraduate students who are allowed to take more than 21 credit hours in any term, exclusive of ROTC, will be charged an additional $1,091.00 for each credit hour in excess of 21. Overload charges will be based on the student’s registration at the end of the eighth week of classes. No appeals due to late drops will be accepted.
Undergraduate students who are allowed to take fewer than 12 credits are charged $1,091 per credit hour unless they are certified as full-time for TAP purposes. Charges for students who drop to fewer than 12 credit hours after the fifth week of classes will not be adjusted below the full-time charge.
Graduate Tuition Full-time graduate tuition is $34,900 per academic year. Payment of this tuition allows a student to register for 12 to 15 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters. A student paying tuition and taking between 12 and 15 credits in the fall and spring is considered a full-time student throughout that calendar year. Students must register for at least 12 credits per semester to maintain full-time status. The only exception to this requirement is for those students serving as teaching assistants. These students may register for a minimum of 9 credits to maintain their full-time status. Students enrolling for more than 15 credits during the fall or spring terms will be charged the academic year tuition rate plus a per-credit-hour rate of $1,454 for each credit hour exceeding 15 credits or for each credit taken in the summer sessions.
Part-time graduate tuition is paid on a per-credit-hour basis of $1,454 per credit hour.