The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many aspects of daily life and we know you have made significant adjustments during these challenging times. We want to reassure you that we understand these challenges and are here to support you through the college process.
To help provide information during this uncertain time, we have provided the answers to frequently asked questions for prospective students below. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are currently offering in-person tours to prospective students. To ensure the continued health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, all visitors will be required to follow the COVID-19 Visit Policy found below and on the tour registration page.
We have regional counselors that represent all areas of the country and world. Find the contact information for your regional counselor here and reach out to us.
If you’d like to submit questions to our student ambassadors, feel free to email their dedicated email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you!
Rensselaer has renewed the test-optional admissions policy for another year. Due to the recent suspension of SAT and ACT testing, any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2023 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 2024 application cycle. Test-Optional FAQs
Please note: Students applying to the Physician-Scientist (B.S./M.D.) Program will be required to send official SAT or ACT scores in order for their application to be reviewed.
We understand and support the move to pass/fail grading options that many schools and colleges have adopted as a valid COVID-19 accommodation. As such, we will be accepting pass/fail results in the normal review of transcripts during this time.
If you were unable to take your Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam(s) in 2020, this will not affect your admission decision. AP/IB examinations are not required for admission (but may be used for credit).
We completely understand that over the past few years, most extracurricular activities could be completed in the same manner as they were in prior years. We will take this into account when reviewing your application activities section and/or your resume. Be sure to include what you did before COVID-19 and what you hope to continue to do after. Let us know what you have been doing during the pandemic as well!
There are plenty of ways to express demonstrated interest without leaving your house! You can check out our Virtual Tour of campus or join our Admissions Team and student ambassadors for a virtual Information Session to have a chance to have your questions answered. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay connected with the Office of Admission.
We understand that it is possible some students may not be able to complete all application requirements on time due to matters related to COVID-19. Please reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with your concerns and we can provide you with further information on how to proceed.