Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute can be found in Troy, NY, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. RPI has an enrollment of around seven thousand students.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to RPI. A score within the range of 1290 - 1490 on the SAT exam, or 28 - 34 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the RPI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.62 - 3.96. An estimated 50% of all applicant were accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 19% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall RPI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was reported as 47.4% in Fall 2020 with over 18,600 applications submitted to RPI. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • RPI ACT Scores: 28 - 34
  • RPI Average GPA: 3.62 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 44.3%
  • 2017-2018: 43.2%
  • 2018-2019: 43.0%
  • 2019-2020: 47.4%
  • Projected RPI Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 41.8%

How Does RPI Compare?

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The acceptance rate for RPI is twenty percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The Sage Colleges85.0%
Siena College81.1%
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences71.1%
Union College42.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to RPI (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 710
Math670 - 780
Total Score1290 - 1490
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score28 - 34
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