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The Rensselaer Medal
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A scholarship opportunity worth a minimum of $60,000 for outstanding math and science students.

For more than 90 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.

The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

This merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years (five years for the B.Arch. program or the Co-Terminal Program) for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.

Each participating high school is allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. The responsibility for designating the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school. Once school officials have made their selection, they should submit their choice online via the password-protected medal website.

Once the selection is received at Rensselaer, an award certificate is mailed to the school for presentation at a school assembly. If the student applies, is accepted, and enrolls, the official Rensselaer Medal will be presented during Honors Convocation in the fall of the first year at Rensselaer.

Find out if your school is a participating Medal school, and if a selection has already been made! We are currently accepting selections for the Class of 2016 (current juniors).

Selection information for the Class of 2016 (current juniors) was sent out in mid-March 2015. Please email medal_program@rpi.edu if you have any questions.

The Rensselaer Medal
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Class of 2018 Medal Winner Profile

Here is a quick look at medal winners who applied and were accepted into the Class of 2018:

  • High school average: A
  • Average SAT* combined: 1425
  • Average SAT Math: 732
  • Average SAT Critical Reading: 693

* Total score for Critical Reading and Mathematics only

Guidance Counselor: If your school is listed among the schools participating in the Medalist program, but you have not received the Rensselaer Medalist packet and you would like to submit your Medal winner online, please contact Rensselaer Admissions at medal_program@rpi.edu. If your school does not currently participate in the Rensselaer Medal Program, please fax the Medal School Profile form (PDF) to us at (518) 276-3997, for consideration. Once it is reviewed we will contact you via e-mail.

In order to be eligible to become a participating Medal School, a high school must be accredited and have a valid CEEB code. In addition, in the case of an accredited home-school program, there must be significant competition within the junior class for the medal each year in order for the school to be eligible.

In addition, to be eligible to become a Medal School, a high school must offer all of the courses Rensselaer requires for admission, which include biology, chemistry, lab-based physics, and pre-calculus (please note that most of our more competitive applicants will have completed calculus or above in the senior year). This ensures that students selected for the medal will be eligible for admission and prepared to thrive at Rensselaer. For more information on our admission requirements, please visit http://admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/admission/freshman/requirements.html.

Contact Information

Director, Rensselaer Medal Program
Rensselaer Admissions
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 276-6216
Fax: (518) 276-3997
E-mail: medal_program@rpi.edu

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Rensselaer merit scholarships, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but does not combine multiple awards. Total Rensselaer provided scholarships and/or tuition benefits may not exceed tuition.


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