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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.

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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.

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Saturday Visits

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.

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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.

Exploring Rensselaer From A Female Perspective - July 30

Monday, July 30

Learn more about some of the amazing experiences women are having here at Rensselaer! You will have the opportunity to hear from current female students, staff, and faculty about Rensselaer’s cultural environment and how RPI can prepare you for your future career. An agenda will be posted in the early summer. RSVP

Summer Visiting Days

Thursday & Friday, July 26* & 27

Thursday & Friday, August 9* & 10

While we are open all summer long for regular information sessions and tours, consider joining us on a Summer Visiting Day for a special extended program to learn more about Rensselaer!

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*If you are interested in Architecture, please plan to visit on the morning of either Thursday, July 26 or Thursday, August 9. The School of Architecture will hold a special presentation at 12:30 p.m. on those days ONLY.

Morning Schedule Option

  • 9 a.m. - Admissions & Financial Aid session, EMPAC Concert Hall (Map #76)
  • 10 a.m. - Student-led campus tour
  • 11:30 a.m. - Q & A with current students, EMPAC Concert Hall (Map #76)

Afternoon Schedule Option

  • 11:30 a.m. -  Q & A with current students, EMPAC Concert Hall (Map #76)
  • 1 p.m. - Admissions & Financial Aid session, EMPAC Concert Hall (Map #76)
  • 2 p.m. - Student-led campus tour

11 a.m.  – 1 p.m. Athletics at RPI: Speak with a representative, EMPAC Lobby (Map #76)

Specific parking information will be included in your visit confirmation email.

Rensselaer Medalist Open House - September 8

Saturday, September 8 (For Rensselaer Medal Winners and their families ONLY)

Join us for an event just for Medal winners and learn more about your Rensselaer Medal award! Explore our labs and learn about current research. Tour our buildings and residence halls and learn about campus life. Discover the broad range of academic programs. Speak with professors and students. A day exclusively for Medal winners and their families! 

Please Note:  The Rensselaer Medal is not presented at the event. Medalists who enroll receive their Medal at Honors Convocation during their freshman year.

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Fall Open House - October 27

Saturday, October 27

Join us to learn more about Rensselaer! Explore our labs and learn about current research. Tour our buildings and residence halls and learn about campus life. Discover the broad range of academic programs. Speak with professors and students. A day for prospective students and their families!

RSVP

Transfer Open House - October 27

Saturday, October 27

Join us to learn more about Rensselaer! Explore our labs and learn about current research. Tour our buildings and residence halls and learn about campus life. Discover the broad range of academic programs. Speak with professors and students. A day for prospective transfer students and their families! 

RSVP

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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