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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
2.95% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
18,524 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
98.7% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
956 Graduates

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The median tuition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is $49,520, which is $17,310 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $37,434.

In 2016, 88% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 56% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received 18,524 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.35% annual growth. Out of those 18,524 applicants, 8,215 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 44.3% acceptance rate.

There were 7,363 students enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016, and 63% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has an overall enrollment yield of 20.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a total enrollment of 7,363 students. The full-time enrollment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is 7,269 students and the part-time enrollment is 94. This means that 98.7% of students enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.3% White, 10.1% Asian, 7.58% Hispanic or Latino, 6.04% Two or More Races, 3.14% Black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.03% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (33.2%), followed by White Female (14.5%) and Asian Male (6.14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (3.46%), followed by White Female (1.51%) and Asian Male (0.46%).

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In 2016, 731 fewer women than men graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The majority of students graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are White. These 1,028 graduates mean that there were 6.01 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 171 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is Mechanical Engineering with 190 graduates, followed by Computer Science with 133 graduates and Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering with 97 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Engineering, with 909 graduates, followed by Architecture and Related Services with 90 graduates and Math & Statistics with 119 graduates.


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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has an endowment valued at nearly $673M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $32.5M (4.82%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had a total expenditure of $409M. Of that $409M, they spent $142M on salaries and $34M on benefits.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute employs 193 Professors, 103 Associate professors, and 60 Assistant professors. Most academics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are Male Professors (165), Male Associate professors (67), and Male Lecturers (42).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are: Management, with 183 employees, Service, with 163 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 161 employees.



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