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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Students who got into RPI:

Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (25), Grades (28), Sports/Extracurriculars (13), College Essay (6)
Fairly easy to get in especially if you're a girlAug 17 2003Computer Engineering
Fairly easy to get in especially if you're a girl. The boy:girl ratio is 3:1. Average SAT's is in the upper 1200's to mid 1300's. Take AP sciences especially physics, you won't get in if you haven't taken physics. They give good scholarships to everyone. Most people who apply to RPI know they want to go there.
SAT: 1350 Female
About 60% of the kids who apply get inJul 09 2003Unknown
About 60% of the kids who apply get in; what they don't tell you is that most kids who apply have SAT scores ranging from 1200-1500, and an average GPA of 3.7. So yeah, it's tough. Do well in math and science classes (taking calculus and doing well is a big plus). Also, the kids who come here generally have a fairly good idea of what they want to do in life, and want to take advantage of certain first-class departments. (Computer Science, Bioinformatics, STS, and any type of Engineering are all amazing programs). So if you want to go to college just to explore yourself and take a bunch of general education classes...try a state university. If you've got a goal in mind and want to achieve it, go ahead and apply.
SAT: 1350 Male
I met with a professor in my department beforeJul 09 2003Other
I met with a professor in my department before I was even considering applying to the school, and he helped me figure some things out- even find some other schools I might be interested in. I went on a tour of the school and researched RPI online. My application accentuated community service and leadership roles, as well as the performance arts aspect of my life. I applied early decision because I was sure that RPI was the place I wanted to be.
ACT: 28 SAT: 1270 Female
For my major I had to do the regularJul 05 2003Architecture
For my major I had to do the regular application, but submit a portfolio as well. I think that applicants shouldn't only focus on facts and figures about what they did in high school, but on what kind of people they are, and how that could impact the RPI community.
SAT: 1270 Female
To be perfectly honest, this school was my safetyMar 18 2003Computer Science
To be perfectly honest, this school was my safety. I got into all the other schools I applied to, I got into, including NYU and CMU School of Computer Science. But I fell in love with RPI, and knew that I'd die if I went to CMU (the workload there for CS is just INSANE). My only advice would be to get good grades and do well on your SATs. If you have both of those, then I think you got a guaranteed in. It's not a hard school to get into... 66% of people who apply get in. So the odds are pretty much in your favor. But since the comp sci program here is the biggest, I think you better make sure you score higher than the average (for RPI students) for both grades and SATs.
SAT: 1390 Female
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