Congratulations on your acceptance to Rensselaer!
Confirm your enrollmentfill out the short Graduate Student Enrollment Confirmation Form, and let us know that you plan to accept the offer to join Rensselaer’s community of scholars.
Domestic StudentsTo confirm your intent to enroll in graduate study at Rensselaer, please complete the Graduate Student Enrollment Confirmation Form. Processing this request generally takes 23 days. Please note that you may have items on your Graduate Enrollment Checklist (sent separately via postal mail) that need to be satisfied before we can confirm your enrollment.
If you are awarded funding from Rensselaer, you will need to make your enrollment decision by April 15th as per the Council on Graduate Studies Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants.
However, we encourage you to confirm your intent to enroll the moment you decide to attend Rensselaer. You are not required to wait until April 15th. Should you receive a financial aid offer from Rensselaer immediately before or after April 15, you will be given a date by which you must accept or decline the offer.
We do not require an enrollment deposit; however, you must complete the Graduate Student Enrollment Confirmation Form if you wish to enroll in a graduate program at Rensselaer. Students receiving Assistantships, Fellowships or Scholarships must also sign and return their award letters to receive funding.
All new graduate students (matriculated and non-matriculated/non-degree) are required to attend student orientation.
Visit the Office of Graduate Education site for details on orientation and teaching assistant training details for new graduate students, new teaching assistants, and current students awarded a teaching assistantship for the first time.
Fall entrants will be invited to a general orientation in August; if you are a spring entrant, you will be invited to a January orientation. Additional details will be provided.
Many departments/schools offer additional orientation activities. Please contact your department directly regarding your expected arrival date. If you are enrolling for the summer term, orientation will be offered by your department.
Your next step is to complete the Graduate Student Enrollment Confirmation Form and send in all required items on your Graduate Enrollment Checklist (sent separately via postal mail). We will confirm your intent to enroll after we have reviewed your documentation and issued your immigration documents, if required. We will contact you if we have questions or require additional information.
The Office of International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS) conducts a mandatory orientation program for all new international students. You will be charged a non-refundable $35 fee for the program. International students and scholars should visit the ISSS website for additional information.
If you are receiving any type of financial assistance from Rensselaer, you will have your English proficiency assessed during orientation.
Due to immigration requirements, international students cannot register for courses prior to their arrival at Rensselaer. Registration will occur after meeting with the international advisor in the Office of International Services for Students and Scholars.
Admitted international students seeking a student visa (F-1/J-1) will need to provide proof of financial support to be eligible for the I-20/DS-2019. Bank statements must be original and dated within three months of the request for the I-20/DS-2019, which is generally the date that we receive the student’s Graduate Student Enrollment Confirmation form.
International applicants seeking a student visa (F-1/J-1) and whose financial support will be provided by a source other than Rensselaer must provide official documentation that sufficient funding is available to cover university fees, books, supplies, tuition, and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if accompanied by family members) for the entire duration of their study at Rensselaer.
Acceptable sources of support include:
1. Rensselaer Financial Award
2. Self Support
3. Parents/Individual Sponsors
4. Government or Sponsoring Agency
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