Founded in 1824,
is the nation’s oldest
Rensselaer serves undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. First-year students hail from across the nation and from countries all around the world.
More than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
Students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs, allowing them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools. The university provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and creativity.
For almost two centuries, Rensselaer has maintained its reputation for providing education of undisputed intellectual rigor based on innovation in the laboratory, classroom, and studio.
34 Research centers and a 176% growth in research expenditures since 1999.
Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded the research enterprise by leveraging our existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy and the environment; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials; and media, arts, science, and technology.
The Institute is especially well-known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.
A transformative experience
A new paradigm for teaching, learning, and research.
Welcome to the “The New Polytechnic.”
RESEARCH FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Extending our impact through forward-looking research initiatives.
New learning paradigms including mixed-reality and cyber-enabled learning.
Revitalizing student life through the creation of a comprehensive living/learning approach.
A LEGACY OF ACHIEVEMENT
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made an indelible mark on both the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, among the world’s pre-eminent research universities, Rensselaer offers students an interactive, interdisciplinary education — and a chance to be among the forces shaping the 21st century.
Our comprehensive educational and research programs cut across academic disciplines, giving students the opportunity to learn and to grow into world leaders in their chosen fields.
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