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Application
Due Dates
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NOV
1
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Early Decision I
(binding)
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NOV
1
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Law/Medical Programs
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DEC
15
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Early Decision II
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JAN
15
* CLASS OF 2022
Regular Decision
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Decision
Notification Dates
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DEC
16
* Early Decision I Notification
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JAN
13
* Early Decision II Notification
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MAR
10
* Regular Admission Decision Notification

Law/Medical Programs:
Early April, 2018

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Essay Requirements

For most of our applicants, the essay completed as a part of the Common Application, the Universal College Application, or the Candidate’s Choice Application (personal statement) will fulfill our essay requirement.

The programs that require a specific essay, along with the essay topics, may be found below.

Accelerated Programs (Law/Medical)

State your reasons for aspiring to a career in law or medicine.

Architecture

State your reasons for choosing architecture as your profession.

Electronic Arts

Discuss your interests in the field of electronic arts and state how this is reflected in your portfolio.

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

State your reasons for choosing the field of games and simulation arts and sciences, making reference to your portfolio if one has been submitted.

Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC)

State your reasons for choosing the field of Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication, making reference to your portfolio if one has been submitted.

All Other Programs

If you are not applying to a program listed above, the essay that you complete as a part of your application is all that we require.

Optional Resume

Rensselaer allows students to submit a resume as a part of their application. This is optional- if you feel that the activities section of the Common Application provides enough space to describe your activities, you do not need to submit a resume. Resumes should include information not found elsewhere on the application, and should not repeat what is already described on the Common Application.

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