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RPI Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into RPI? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,432 out of 17,752 applicants or 42% were admitted making RPI a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 5,438 12,314 17,752
Accepted 2,579 4,853 7,432
Acceptance Rate 47% 39% 42%
Enrolled 444 935 1,379
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 19% 19%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1250. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1340 1520
SAT Reading 640 740
SAT Math 700 780
ACT Composite 28 32
ACT English N/A N/A
ACT Math N/A N/A

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >55%
1430 to 1520 Avg + 42%-55%
1340 to 1430 Avg - 30%-42%
1250 to 1340 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 1250 Low <20%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RPI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 68% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 8% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 3% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=194824 IPEDS survey data for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



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