|Admission to Rensselaer|
To prepare yourself for study at such a highly selective university like Rensselaer, it is important to pursue the strongest possible university preparatory curriculum your school offers.
While there is no magic formula for earning admission to Rensselaer, many students who are accepted at Rensselaer are completing advanced or higher-level courses at the time of their application, and will receive excellent marks for that work.
You should note that Rensselaer considers how well your academic preparation matches your field of interest.
The 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 TOEFL score of at least 230 CBT, 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.
In general, we look for students who have earned A’s and B’s in a challenging curriculum. We pay close attention to exactly which classes you have taken and how you have performed in them, instead of focusing on a certain GPA.
Many students enter Rensselaer with AP/IB credits or credits from another college. You may bring in a maximum of 32 credits when you begin at Rensselaer.
Whether your school offers AP classes, an IB curriculum, or honors/college prep classes, we look at the classes you have been taking in the context of what is available to you, taking into account differences in preparation and academic background.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Credit is granted to many entering freshmen through Advanced Placement (AP) exams at high schools or satisfactory completion of selected college courses.
In general, if you earn a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam, you’ll be granted academic credit at Rensselaer. You’ll need to submit test score reports or college transcripts to our Registrar's Office before registering for classes.
College Course Credit
Courses completed at other colleges may be considered for transfer credit at Rensselaer. The Registrar will have courses evaluated by the appropriate departments on campus.
Students must submit an official transcript of their grade(s) from the other college(s) to the Office of the Registrar when they complete the course(s). Students must also include photocopies of course descriptions of all the courses for which they are requesting transfer credit consideration.
For complete information, please refer to Rensselaer’s Advanced Standing and Advanced Placement Policy (PDF).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
Rensselaer regards the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a rigorous advanced program of study, and you’ll be pleased to find similar opportunities in our interdisciplinary courses and majors, and undergraduate research opportunities.
In general, if you earn a score of a 6 or a 7 on the IB higher level exam, you will usually be granted academic credit at Rensselaer.
Students may be granted advanced standing or credits for the International Baccalaureate Higher Level.
For complete information, please refer to Rensselaer’s policies on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examinations (PDF).
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