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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Your Combined ACT:
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SAT Math + Verbal:
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Your Chances at RPI
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at RPI
(on SAT score alone)
# Applicants
# Admitted
% Admitted
% Overall

Students who got into RPI:

Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (27), Grades (29), Sports/Extracurriculars (13), College Essay (6)
I did nothing special to get inJul 29 2018Electrical Engineering
I did nothing special to get in. Make sure this is the right campus for you it was not a great college experience.
SAT: 1400 Male
The average entering student is at about a 730Feb 16 2018Computer Engineering
The average entering student is at about a 730 math sat and a 30 math act, therefore you need to get at minimum that and retake until you get slightly more just for added security. You need to schedule a visit using your full name that you plan to apply with and ensure that you are noted as having come to the visit so that they see you in fact came, this shows a form of interest. You need to apply early decision as this will demonstrate the highest level of interest. You need to at minimum take ap-calculus but more ap's are of course better. You need to complete 2 subject tests for most declared degrees, one must be math and the other some form of science like physics, chemistry, biology etc. RPI accepts super-scoring so make sure to send your highest scores. Consider which super-score was your best from act or sat and only send that one.
SAT: 1400 Male
If you want to go to RPI, you probablyDec 18 2017Aerospace Engineering
If you want to go to RPI, you probably know all the big things. Have a high GPA, have high SATs ect.

The lesser known thing that I would recommend is applying to less popular departments. Each department is allowed to accept a certain number of students. For example Mechanical Engineering can accept say 300 students and Electrical can accept 100. However, 30000 students can apply to mechanical where 500 students might apply to electrical. This means that each department will have a different acceptance rate, and therefore some departments will be easier to get into than others. I am not entirely sure which department is easiest to get into but I'm pretty sure its one of the less popular departments.

Therefore, if you want to be a mechanical engineer, do not apply to mechanical engineering. Instead apply to an field that is easier to get into (yet still within engineering), and then when you become a student transfer. Provided you are already in an engineering discipline, this is extremely easy to do. I personally, not knowing this, applied to the school as an Undeclared Engineer and then declared Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (a common dual major). I do not know if this was the deciding factor, but I know I was better off as an Undeclared Engineer compared to a Mechanical Engineer because the acceptance rate is higher for undeclared.
SAT: 2220 Male

Get a very high score on your SAT/ACT soSep 28 2016Computer Science
Get a very high score on your SAT/ACT so you can get a scholarship and afford to come here. ECs and essays also help a lot!
ACT: 31 SAT: 2120 Male
I'm female, got a 30 on my ACT, got a 4Jun 05 2015Mechanical Engineering
I'm female, got a 30 on my ACT, got a 4.5 GPA in HS (with AP classes factored in), took numerous AP classes, was involved in two sports and three clubs in my HS. I displayed interested for math and science.
ACT: 30 Female
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