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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Aishwarya Bhatnagar

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Admissions for 2018, recorded an admit rate of 43%. Around 64% of the admitted students belonged to the top 10% of their high school class. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers admissions in more than 145-degree programs under five schools.

There are no Early Action admissions at RPI. Applications for UG admissions are accepted from students for both Fall and Spring semesters. While PG courses accept applications for the Fall semester only. 92% of retention rate was recorded for first-year students, belonging to the class of 2021.

  • The average accepted SAT scores of admitted students was 722 for Math and 677 for EBRW.
  • While the average score accepted for admitted students 30 for the ACT.
  • International UG students can apply either through Common Application or Coalition Application at a fee of 70 USD.
  • Prospective students applying for PG courses can apply via RPI Online Graduate Application.
  • Overall deadlines, application portals, admission process, application fee, and decision notification vary for UG and PG courses.


Application PortalUG: Common/Coalition Application
PG: RPI Online Graduate Application
Application FeeUG: 70 USD
PG: 75 USD
Acceptance Rate43%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)Math: 680 - 770
EBRW: 640 - 730
ACT Score (middle 50%)28 - 32
International Application DeadlinesUG: Varies
PG: January 18, 2019
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Financial AidAvailable

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admission Deadlines

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admissions accept applications for both Fall and Spring sessions. The application submission deadlines for international students are categorised below:

Course NameDeadlines
Undergraduate Courses
Early Decision INovember 1, 2019
Early Decision IIDecember 15, 2019
Regular DecisionJanuary 15, 2019
Law/Medical ProgramsNovember 1, 2019
Transfer StudentsFall: June 1, 2019
Spring: November 1, 2019
Summer: March 1, 2019
Postgraduate CoursesFall: January 18, 2019

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute International Admissions 

Other than the basic requirements, international students must fulfil a few additional requirements like:

Application Submission Requirements:

International students must ensure that they submit the following documents along with the application:

  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency Test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Copy of passport
  • Statement of purpose/essays
  • Official and certified copies of translated transcripts.
  • Copy of visa documents

English Language Requirements:

International students must prove English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

Test NameScore Required

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Undergraduate Admissions

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admits students under various undergraduate programs to students. Prospective applicants must declare the major of their interest while applying for admissions.

Application Portal: Common/Coalition Application

Application Fee: 70 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The average scores accepted for the recent 2018 admissions are as follows:

Test NameAverage Scores25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Math591540650
SAT EBRW595575640
SAT Composite118611001290
ACT Composite252328

Note: In order to get admission at RPI, the students must score 1409 in SAT and 28 in the ACT.

Supporting Documents: High school transcripts, LORs, official test scores, essays, copy of passport, etc. Also, the Early Decision Agreement Form is required from those students who are applying for Early Decision.

International Transfer Students Admissions: The admission process for international transfer students is similar to the process of undergraduate admissions. Application requirements, fee, deadlines and test scores are also common.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduate Admissions

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers admissions under various graduate programs to prospective applicants. The following table shows some of the popular courses offered at RPI along with their admission requirements:

CourseApplication PortalApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBARPI Online Graduate Application75 USDGMAT/GRETOEFL (IBT): 88 TOEFL (CBT): 230
TOEFL (PBT): 570
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60
MS Electrical and Computer EngineeringRPI Online Graduate Application75 USDGRETOEFL (IBT): 88 TOEFL (CBT): 230
TOEFL (PBT): 570
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60
MS EconomicsRPI Online Graduate Application75 USDGRETOEFL (IBT): 88 TOEFL (CBT): 230
TOEFL (PBT): 570
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60
MS Business AnalyticsRPI Online Graduate Application75 USDGMAT/GRETOEFL (IBT): 88 TOEFL (CBT): 230
TOEFL (PBT): 570
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60

Supporting Documents: Statement of purpose, official transcripts, resume/CV, LORs, professional statements, and writing samples.

Note: Including some work/professional experience for courses like MBA. even if the applicants fulfill the basic requirements they would be offered admissions.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Admissions recorded a total enrollment of 19,505 for 2018. The admissions office reviews each freshman application holistically. Admission decisions are released within 4 - 5 weeks for Early Decision, and within 3 months for Regular Decision.

Admissions prove favorable if applicants are able to show consistent academic excellence, score above average in English Proficiency Tests and submit the application before deadline with the required fee and documents. Thus, applicants must ensure that they submit the applications and supporting documents before the deadline.

Overall, the acceptance rate at RPI has been moderately selective in terms of average score acceptance, extensive entry requirements and additional requirements for international students.

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