Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – A private research university located in Troy, New York, RPI was founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer for the “application of science to the common purposes of life”, and is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. Built on a hillside, Rensselaer’s 275-acre campus overlooks the historic city of Troy and the Hudson River and is a blend of traditional and modern architecture. The institute operates an on-campus business incubator and the 1,250-acre Rensselaer Technology Park, and is known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.

The mission of Rensselaer has evolved over the years while retaining a focus on the scientific and technological roots upon which it was founded. Over the past century, Rensselaer has grown into a university with five schools: The School of Architecture, The School of Engineering, The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, The School of Science, and the Lally School of Management & Technology. Since 2001, Rensselaer has been guided by the vision of The Rensselaer Plan. The comprehensive strategic plan for the Institute serves as catalyst for change and sets forth the ambitions of the Institute. Rensselaer consistently ranks in the top 50 among US universities for overall academics and among the top 50 worldwide for technology.

Rensselaer educates the leaders of tomorrow. Rensselaer is a diverse community of dreamers and doers who are exceptionally committed to their education and are often greatly concerned with developing research and creating technologies, art, businesses, and scientific discoveries that will change and better the world. Yet the people of Rensselaer are true individuals. Everyone who comes here seeks a pathway to greatness that is uniquely his or her own.