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Spring Admission Program FAQs *
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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
(binding)
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JAN
15
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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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How many freshmen arrive each January?

Approximately 50-60 first-year students begin their Rensselaer experience with the spring term.

Is being admitted for the spring like being placed on the waiting list?

No, being admitted for the spring is an acceptance to Rensselaer.

I applied to start in the fall—why was I offered spring admission?

Students may choose to apply specifically for a spring term start, but due to the number of qualified applicants we have each year, a limited number of students who apply for the fall term may be offered spring admission.

If I accept an offer of spring admission, will I graduate on time?

The majority of students entering in January will graduate with their class. This can be accomplished by taking classes elsewhere before enrolling at Rensselaer, obtaining AP credit from high school, taking summer courses before enrolling or in subsequent summers, or some combination of all of these options. Freshman level classes will be available during the summer at Rensselaer. If students take advantage of these classes, they can expect to graduate on time.

What can I do during the fall?

Students electing to enroll in January use the fall semester to pursue a wide range of interests. Some students elect to take courses at other colleges; others engage in internships, volunteer work, outdoor exploration, or paid employment.

If I decide to take courses at another institution in the fall, will I receive credit at Rensselaer?

Any course taken at a two-year or four-year institution will be reviewed by the Rensselaer faculty for its transferability. Students enrolling in January are encouraged to work with the director of the Spring Admission Program to design a fall schedule that is both appropriate for and transferable into their intended course of study at Rensselaer. You can see the classes that have transferred in the past at admissions.rpi.edu/transfer/creditguide. All other classes will need to be reviewed by having an official transcript and course descriptions sent to the Admissions Office at the end of the semester.

What support is provided to students who begin in January?

All students and their families will be provided with an orientation experience designed specifically for them by the Office of the First-Year Experience and will be quickly incorporated into the student community at the start of the spring semester.

The Advising and Learning Assistance Center is a place where students can get “one-stop” academic support in the form of services and programs designed to help them achieve their goals by becoming more effective and efficient learners. The center coordinates advising, counsels individual students, offers free tutoring and workshops, and provides help to students for whom English is the second language.

If you have a learning disability, physical disability, or emotional/psychological disability, we encourage you to contact Disability Services for Students to learn about available assistance. Please call (518) 276-2746 or email dss@rpi.edu for information.

Will on-campus housing be available?

First-year and second-year students are required to live on campus. Housing is guaranteed for all freshmen and sophomore students, including those who start in January.

How will I select my spring classes?

Students starting in January will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with them remotely during the fall semester to determine appropriate course selection and prepare for registration.

If you have other questions regarding the Spring Admission Program, please email admissions@rpi.edu.

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