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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 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

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

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.

Group Visits

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. 


February Visiting Days

Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, 2019

Join us during our February Visiting Days! We have set up an extended visit schedule just for you - hear from admissions staff, current students, and more!

Students interested in the School of Architecture are encouraged to attend the morning session on Tuesday, February 19. There will be a special information session held at 11:30 am on this day ONLY. 



Accepted Student Celebration

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - ACCEPTED STUDENTS ONLY

Celebrate your acceptance! Learn your way around campus, tour residence halls, and discover the many clubs and activities available to you. Hear from each school, explore our academic programs, meet your soon-to-be classmates, and more! Share this experience with your family, too.



Spring Preview Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Join us to learn more about Rensselaer! Learn how to make the most of your college search experience. Tour our facilities 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!



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