You will have the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser from your school/department when you are on campus at one of the five Student Orientation sessions.
Remember – it’s your first semester – there’s no need to go overboard! There will be plenty of time to look into dual majors and minors after your first semester is complete. As an incoming first-year student you can only declare one major, so we help you keep it simple during your first semester by providing you a complete first semester schedule. You will want to review the course catalog below to help in selecting your humanities elective. For more information, please visit the Student Orientation website.
At orientation, we will share details about how Rensselaer applies Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit. The Office of the Registrar will provide you with a copy of the credit you have been awarded based on your AP and Higher Level IB test scores.
Make sure your official AP/Higher Level IB test results are sent directly to the address in the sidebar, attention Office of the Registrar.
If you have taken courses for regular academic credit at another college or university, please send catalog course descriptions and college transcripts to the Office of the Registrar now so that they can be evaluated. College courses taken to satisfy high school graduation requirements are not considered.
Your student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA). At Student Orientation we will describe this Act and what it means to you. The bottom line is that the records are yours. We will be sending bills and other official correspondence directly to you, the student.