Rensselaer has renewed the test-optional admissions policy for another year. Any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2024 will be able to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores.
This continues to be a temporary suspension of our standardized testing requirement, and it will be re-evaluated for the fall 2025 application cycle. To help provide information during this uncertain time, we have provided the answers to frequently asked questions about our test optional policy below. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On your application, a question reads, "Would you like Rensselaer to consider your ACT/SAT scores as a part of your application file?" Simply choose the appropriate dropdown option on the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Candidate’s Choice Application.
Please note: If you indicate on the application that you would like us to consider your test scores, your application will not be considered complete until we receive scores for you (either official or self-reported). If your circumstances change and you no longer wish for us to consider your scores, you must reach out to us at email@example.com to have your file updated.
Yes! Learn more about our various decision types and deadlines and choose which is best for you here.
Please note, that students applying to the Physician-Scientist Program (B.S./M.D.) are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores at the time of application.
Students applying to the Physician-Scientist Program (B.S./M.D.) are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores at the time of application.
Applying “test-optional” means that you can be accepted without ultimately submitting test scores, and not submitting test scores does not lower your chances of admission at Rensselaer. Because applying test-optional is your choice, your application is your opportunity to shine the best light on yourself. For some students, this may mean including test scores. For others, this may mean choosing to not submit your scores. If you feel that your scores will strengthen your application, you should submit them.
There is no difference in the possibility of merit-based aid based on whether or not you submit standardized test scores; Rensselaer does not use test scores to determine student eligibility for merit aid.
Rensselaer will accept scores for any test taken prior to January 31, 2023. Tests taken after this deadline may not receive full consideration in the process. If you intend to take a test in January, please be sure to note that on your application, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we have that information in your file.
Rensselaer reviews applications holistically. We will consider your transcript, extracurricular and leadership activities, recommendation letters, and essay.
In our holistic review process, our goal is to ensure that you are evaluated as a whole student, instead of simply numbers on a page. To do this, we look at a number of factors, including your transcript and academic performance, your extracurricular and leadership involvement, your recommendation letter(s), your essay, your test scores (if you choose to submit them). For some majors, we may also require a creative portfolio.
On the application, you indicated whether or not you'd like us to consider your ACT/SAT scores as a part of your application file. If you'd like to change your answer to this question, please email email@example.com.
Please note that depending on when you make your request, a change may not always be possible.