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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.

Thank you for your interest in the Rensselaer Medal Program. The selection period for the Class of 2013 has started. If you are a participating Medal school you will be mailed the information to select a student from the Class of 2013, in March, 2012.

Each participating high school will be asked to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. This $15,000 per year merit scholarship is guaranteed for four years (five years for the B. Arch program) for each medalist who applies, is accepted, and chooses to enroll at Rensselaer. The responsibility for selecting the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and college advising staff within the secondary school.

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 and enrolls, the official Rensselaer Medal will be presented during honors convocation in the fall of the first year at Rensselaer.

Criteria for Selecting Your Medalist

To be honored with the Rensselaer Medal, a student must:

  • Be ranked within the top 10% of the class
  • Be a member of the junior class
  • Demonstrate potential for success in a challenging academic setting
  • Excel in advanced math and science courses (accepted students have completed chemistry, physics, and a minimum of four years of mathematics through pre-calculus)
  • Exhibit significant involvement in extracurricular activities

To select a Medalist, click the Selection Form icon:

Select a Medalist



The Rensselaer Medal
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Class of 2014 Medal Winner Profile

Here is a quick look at medal winners who applied and were accepted into the Class of 2014:

  • High school average: A
  • Average SAT* combined: 1424
  • Average SAT Math: 733
  • Average SAT Critical Reading: 691

* 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. 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.

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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