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Admission to Rensselaer *
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Application
Due Dates
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NOV
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Early Decision I
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DEC
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Early Decision II
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JAN
15
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Regular Decision
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Decision
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DEC
13
* Early Decision I Notification
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JAN
17
* Early Decision II Notification
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MAR
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* Regular Admission Decision Notification

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Embargoed and
Sanctioned Countries
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As a national research institution, Rensselaer’s activities are subject to restrictions by several U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and Department of the Treasury. This makes it increasingly difficult for the Institute to accept students from countries that are on the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC watch lists. If you are a citizen of, or were born in, one of the following fully embargoed and sanctioned countries, please contact the Admissions Office at Rensselaer prior to applying: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.
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International Students

Please note that we do not accept applications for the combined Physician-Scientist program from international students, including Canadian citizens.

There are no financial aid opportunities available to international students outside of the Rensselaer Medal. All high schools, including international, are eligible to be Rensselaer Medal schools.

In addition to the regular Undergraduate Application Requirements, Rensselaer currently stresses the following requirements for its undergraduate international applicants:

Freshman Applicants

  • A completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts from secondary schools, with English translations.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international students, including those attending high school in the US, unless you scored 580 or above on the critical reading portion of your SAT exam. Rensselaer expects a minimum TOEFL score of at least 88 iBT, or 570 PBT. For students not able to take the TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be substituted for the TOEFL. An IELTS score of at least 7.0 is expected. Only the academic format is accepted.

  • Other exams, such as A-levels, IB, etc., may not be substituted for the TOEFL or IELTS.

  • Evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is required for students who will study on a non-immigrant (F-1 or J-1) visa.

    You must submit the International Student Financial Statement along with all other application materials.

    Your application will not be considered complete without the International Student Financial Statement. We must also see documentation reflecting at least two years’ worth of liquid funding. All financial documents must be originals and sent via postal mail. Emailed or photocopied materials will not be accepted.

Students applying from countries (such as China) that do not offer our required standardized tests will be considered without testing on a case by case basis.

It is not necessary to submit certificates, copies of awards, or diplomas. Academic awards and honors as well as extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities may be listed on the application. Please only submit the required documents.

Please refer to our International Academic Requirements section for information on academic preparation, and refer to our International Application Checklist for application requirements.

Transfer Applicants

Rensselaer accepts international transfer students into all of our programs with the exception of our accelerated programs in law and medicine.

  • A completed application with official copies of all academic transcripts from secondary schools, with English translations.

  • International students attending college in the U.S. for less than two years should take the TOEFL.

  • Evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is required for students who will study on a non-immigrant (F-1 or J-1) visa.

    You must submit the International Student Financial Statement along with all other application materials.

    Your application will not be considered complete without the International Student Financial Statement. We must see an official bank statement showing at least two years’ worth of liquid funding.

Please refer to our Transfer Application section for additional requirements, transfer application deadlines and information.

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International Student Application Checklist

Chinese, South Korean, & Taiwanese Applicants

CIEEChinese, South Korean, & Taiwanese applicants have the opportunity to enhance their applications by participating in an evaluative, in-person interview in China, South Korea, or Taiwan.

The CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI) is administered by the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). More information may be found here: www.ciee.org/cai/admissions

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