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Campus Visits & Events

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.  Please register for your desired tour time in advance; due to the risks associated with COVID-19, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.

We are also currently offering general admissions information session webinars along with many other webinars and virtual events (see below). Afterward, be sure to check out our virtual campus tour!

In-Person Campus Tour

Virtual Campus Tour


We look forward to connecting with you!

Off-Campus Information Sessions

Rensselaer is coming to you! Join members of the Rensselaer community to learn about how you can begin your world-changing journey at Rensselaer.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place, and capacity will be limited. Details may be found on the registration page.

Houston, TX Information Session - Monday, December 6, 7-9 p.m.

Dallas, TX Information Session - Tuesday, December 7, 7-9 p.m.

Miami, FL Information Session - Wednesday, December 8, 7-9 p.m.

Santa Clara, CA Information Session - Tuesday, December 14, 7-9 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA Area Information Session - Wednesday, December 15, 7-9 p.m.

COVID-19 Campus Tour Policy
  1. Tours will be comprised of no more than thirty people per group.
  2. Tours will be led by current students or admissions staff and last approximately an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half.
  3. Visiting students will be limited to one additional guest. Any additional family members beyond the student and one guest will be asked to remain in their vehicle for the entire campus visit.
  4. Visiting students and their guest will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Health Form prior to their arrival.
  5. Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you arrive after your scheduled tour time, it is likely that you will not be able to tour campus.
  6. Parking is available behind the Heffner Alumni House (1301 Peoples Avenue). Additional parking can be found in the J-Lot next to the Heffner Alumni House.
  7. In accordance with campus policy, masks must be worn for unvaccinated visitors for the duration of the visit.
  8. Vaccinated visitors will still be required to wear a mask when inside campus buildings.
  9. Social distancing guidelines must be observed for all visitors.
  10. The tour will almost exclusively take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately as the weather conditions can change greatly from day-to-day. Access to classrooms, residence halls, dining halls, department and faculty offices and most indoor spaces will not be permitted. Individual meetings with Rensselaer community members, including faculty, staff and students will also not be permitted.
  11. Upon completion of your tour, we would ask that you return to your vehicle and depart campus to allow for the arrival of the next group of visitors.
Campus Tours

In-person tours are currently being offered at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visiting prospective students are limited to one additional guest. 

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 above and on the tour registration page

Schedule Your Visit (Please Note: Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins)

Webinars and Other Virtual Events

Admissions Information Session Webinars: Join us to hear from and admissions counselor about how you can begin your world-changing journey at Rensselaer!

Student Ambassador-Led Virtual Tours: Take a virtual campus tour with our student ambassadors! If you haven't already experienced our virtual tour (or even if you have), this is a great way to learn more about the campus from the comfort of your home. A student ambassador will guide you through campus and answer any questions that you have. This tour will highlight academic buildings, athletic facilities, residence life, and more

Admissions Student Ambassador Webinars: We are excited to bring you special opportunities to connect with our current students! Each webinar will feature four student ambassadors representing a variety of majors/minors, extracurricular activities, and co-op/internship/research experiences.

View Schedule and Register Now

Transfer Student Webinars

There are currently no webinars scheduled. Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with a transfer counselor by emailing

You may also view previous webinar recordings on our RPI Admissions YouTube Channel.

Group Visits

Unfortunately, at this time, we are not taking any group visit requests. Please check back for future availability.

If you are interested in bringing a group of 10 or more students to campus, please complete the Group Visit Request Form. We do our best to accommodate group visit requests; however we cannot guarantee staff and student availability.

Please review our Group Visit Guidelines prior to your visit.

Other Ways to Learn More

Follow us on Instagram (@RPIAdmissions) for faculty, staff, and student takeovers - we are on Twitter, and Facebook too!

Videos and webinars on a variety of topics may be found on our YouTube channel

Why Not Change the World? The RPI Podcast


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 unit staff directly to discuss your interest. 

Varsity Athletics
Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC

AS&RC (Armory, 3rd floor)

(518) 276-6236


Mohawk Army ROTC

Michael A. Dengler, GS

(518) 783-2477


To schedule an Officer Interview, please visit the NROTC website.

The NROTC adminitrative staff may be contacted at (518)276 6251 or at

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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
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Ride Sharing (Uber/Lyft)  
Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Station 10 miles
Albany International Airport 11 miles