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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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Rensselaer Medal Program

The Rensselaer Medal is a scholarship opportunity worth $100,000 for outstanding math and science students.

For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

This merit scholarship, with a value of $25,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years (five years for the B.Arch. program) for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer. The scholarship is also extended for students in our Co-Terminal program, which allows students to earn both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in five years.

Find out if your school is a participating Medal school, or email medal_program@rpi.edu with any questions.

Selecting a Medalist

Each spring, participating high schools are allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. The responsibility for designating the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school in conjunction with criteria provided by Rensselaer. Once school officials have made their selection, they submit their choice online via the password-protected medal website.

Once the selection is received at Rensselaer, an award certificate is mailed to the school for presentation at a school assembly. If the student applies, is accepted, and enrolls, the official Rensselaer Medallion will be presented during Honors Convocation in the fall of the first year at Rensselaer.

The selection period for the Class of 2018 is complete. Selection information for the Class of 2019 will be sent to participating schools in March 2018. Class of 2019 selections will be due by May 1, 2018.

Medalist Profile

Here is a quick look at Medal winners who applied and were accepted into the Class of 2020:

  • High school average: A
  • Average SAT* combined: 1420
  • Average SAT Math: 728
  • Average SAT Critical Reading: 692

* Total score for EBR-W and Mathematics only

Becoming a Medal School

In order to be eligible to become a participating Medal School, a high school must be accredited and have a valid CEEB code. In addition, in the case of an accredited home-school program, there must be significant competition within the junior class for the Medal each year in order for the school to be eligible.

In addition, to be eligible to become a Medal School, a high school must offer all of the courses Rensselaer requires for admission, which include biology, chemistry, lab-based physics, and pre-calculus. (Please note that most of our more competitive applicants will have completed calculus or above in the senior year.) This ensures that students selected for the Medal will be eligible for admission and prepared to thrive at Rensselaer. For more information on our admission requirements, please visit admissions.

Guidance Counselors: If your school does not currently participate in the Rensselaer Medal Program, please fax the Medal School Profile form (PDF) to us at (518) 276-3997 for consideration.

Once it is reviewed, we will contact you via mail.

Medal_School_Profile_Form.pdf

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Counselor Tours

Interested in visiting our campus? We are happy to be a part of two multi-college guidance counselor tours.

Upstate New York Counselor Tour

The Upstate Tour gives high school counselors a chance to experience Rensselaer’s campus, as well as the campuses of Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Syracuse University, Union College, and the University of Rochester. Participants will enjoy a half-day visit at each school, with meals, lodging, and transportation provided during the tour.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour.

The next tour will be held May 6-9, 2018. Please visit unytcounselortour.org to be included on our list for future tours.

The Upstate New York International Counselor Tour (International Counselors only)

This tour is offered each summer following the IACAC Convention. In addition to Rensselaer, the tour includes stops at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Union College, and the University of Rochester. Participants will enjoy a half-day visit at each school, with meals, lodging, and transportation provided during the tour. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tour.

The most recent tour was held July 15-20, 2017. For more information, or to be included on the list for future tours, please email admissions@rpi.edu.

Or, come to campus anytime for a tour and information session.

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School Visits and College Fairs

Each year, our staff travels extensively across the country and around the world to speak with prospective students.

If you are interested in having a member of our staff attend your college fair, please contact Janice Naylor at nayloj@rpi.edu.

If you are interested in having one of our admissions counselors visit your school, or if you would like to speak with the counselor in charge of your region, feel free to view our staff listing.