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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Campus Visits & Events

The best way to decide if Rensselaer is the right fit for you is to visit our campus. The Office of Admission offers information sessions, tours, open houses, and special seasonal visits. If you cannot make it for a formal tour, or just want to check out campus at your own pace, download our self-guided tour.


We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Information Sessions & Campus Tours

Hear from an admissions counselor for an hour-long admission and financial aid information session, followed by a student-led walking tour of the campus. This is a great time to learn more about Rensselaer and our application process, and to ask questions!

Please be sure to sign up online and check your confirmation email for specific information about parking and location for the session.

Schedule a Visit

Saturday Visits

The Admissions office is closed on Saturdays from December through February (with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day weekends). The office is also closed the weekends of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

Information sessions and tours on Saturday mornings are held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). Specific parking information will be included in your visit confirmation email.

Please Note — Rensselaer students do not have weekend classes; therefore, access to academic buildings and laboratories can be limited on weekends.

Schedule a Visit

February Visiting Days

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018

RSVP today - join us to learn more about Rensselaer! An agenda will be available in the coming months.

Students interested in the School of Architecture are encouraged to attend the morning session on Tuesday, February 20. There will be a special session held at 11:30 a.m. on this day ONLY.


Accepted Student Celebration


At the celebration, you will have the opportunity to meet our distinguished faculty, current Rensselaer students, and your future classmates. You may also submit your enrollment deposit at the event to become an official part of the RPI family!

Explore our campus with your family at this very special event — RSVP by April 7 online or call Rensselaer Admissions at (518) 276-6216.

Spring Preview Day

April 21, 2018

Prospective students- RSVP for this special event this spring! An agenda will be available in the coming months.

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Athletics & ROTC Inquiries

If you are interested in participating in a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program or playing a varsity sport, please contact the coach(es) or the commanding officer directly to discuss your interest. 

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Area Travel

Drive Times to Troy, NY from...  
Albany, NY 15 min
Hartford, CT 2 hours
New York City, NY 2.5 hours
Boston, MA 3 hours
Montreal, Canada 3.5 hours
Philadelphia, PA 4 hours
Easy Access to...  
Albany Bus Terminal 9 miles
Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Station 10 miles
Albany International Airport 11 miles