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Application
Due Dates
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NOV
1
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Early Decision I
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Law/Medical Programs
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15
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Early Decision II
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Regular Decision
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Decision
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DEC
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* Early Decision I Notification
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JAN
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* Early Decision II Notification
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MAR
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* Regular Admission Decision Notification

Law/Medical Programs:
Early April, 2015

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Early Decision Policy (PDF)
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Early Decision Policy (PDF)
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Early Decision

We offer two binding Early Decision options for students who feel that Rensselaer is their first-choice school.

The annual deadline for Early Decision I is November 1st, and the deadline for Early Decision II is December 15th.

If admitted under ED I or ED II, you are committed to enroll at Rensselaer (which requires a nonrefundable $500 deposit), as long as your scholarship meets your needs.

Immediately upon acceptance of your Early Decision admission offer, you must withdraw all other applications and make no subsequent applications.

In addition to earlier notification of your admission decision, you will also receive an earlier financial aid package.

Rensselaer does not offer an Early Action option.

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Regular Decision

The deadline for our Regular Decision (non-binding) option is January 15th.

Spring Admission

A Rensselaer education, through our innovative pedagogy, global, challenge-linked research, and a transformative student experience, positions our graduates to truly change the world.

To expand access to the Rensselaer transformational experience, we are instituting a spring admission program. Because the Institute receives record numbers of applications each year, a spring admission provides a unique pathway for a select group of outstanding and mature students to study at our world-class technological research university.

Students enrolling in January are expected to use the summer and fall semesters before matriculation to pursue a wide range of interests, including taking courses at other colleges, or engaging in internships, volunteer work, outdoor exploration, or paid employment.

CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students), the Rensselaer learning and living environment, will ensure that they not only thrive and are supported here, but will ensure that they become an integral part of a strong community of learners, as they share their experiences with fellow students and create their own pathways to success.

We expect the majority of the students entering in January to graduate with their class in May of the senior year. Rensselaer will offer second semester freshmen courses for many majors in the summer. In addition, students can take classes elsewhere before enrolling at Rensselaer, obtaining AP/IB credit from high school, taking summer courses before enrolling or in subsequent summers, or some combination of these options.

Applying for Spring Admission

For students who wish to apply specifically for a spring term start, the annual application deadline is November 1.

Spring Admission Program FAQs

Physician-Scientist Program (B.S./M.D.)

The annual application deadline is November 1. Please note that you cannot apply Early Decision to the Physician-Scientist Program, and the application is non-binding.

Management-Law or Science, Technology and Society-Law Programs (B.S./J.D.)

The annual application deadline is November 1. Please note that you cannot apply Early Decision to the Accelerated Law Program, and the application is non-binding.

Early Admission

Most students admitted to Rensselaer will have a high school diploma or GED, though exceptions to this requirement can be made.

We consider candidates who have completed all admission requirements and who wish to enter the university after the junior year of high school. Each situation is reviewed individually.

Students are expected to have the same preparation as any accepted freshman and should meet the freshman application deadlines.

Accelerated Programs Information

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