Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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#108, overall score 48.83/100

Fun Fact:

Genericon, which has been held on RPI’s campus since 1985, is the oldest college-based fan convention in the country.

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Troy, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,265
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 300
  • Jewish population share: 5%
  • Student origin: 33% in-state / 67% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Polytechnic
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Engineers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Trudge / Strut

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • Tuition: $52,305
  • Room & board costs: $14,960
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $27,092
  • Starting median salary: $67,500

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 43%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1320-1500
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 12
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10.33/11

  • Score: 10.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.9/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 43.19/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 7.67/34

  • Score: 7.67/34
  • Hillel: RPI-Sage Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of RPI
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No

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