Freshman Applications Surge Past 15,000 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Another Record Year for Applications to
It’s official. A record total of 15, 201 high school
students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released
today by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total
represents a growth of more than four percent since last year
at this time, and a 172 percent increase since 2005.
“For seven consecutive years, Rensselaer has set records for
freshman applications. Since 2005, applications have grown
by 172 percent,” said Paul Marthers, vice president for
enrollment and dean of undergraduate and graduate admissions.
“It is exciting to see that our around-the-globe outreach
efforts have translated into unprecedented levels of popularity
among prospective students.
Marthers noted that for the second consecutive year, the
average SAT critical reading and math score for the admitted
group is 1400.
The 2012 applicant pool also represents a continued
expansion of the national and international profile of the
student body, as well as a significant increase in applications
from women, underrepresented minority students, international
students, and Rensselaer “legacies”— students with relatives
who attended the university.
In addition, the group includes students who have been
nominated for the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship awarded to
the top math and science students at almost 3,000 high schools
around the world.
According to the Rensselaer Office of Admissions, this
year’s overall increase in applications was also driven by
greater numbers of students visiting campus, a higher
conversion rate from the inquiry to the application stage, and
new student life programs designed to enhance the overall
student and educational experience.
“Rensselaer also continues to register growing
interest in new areas of an expanding curriculum, such as
Cognitive Science, Design, Innovation, and Society,
Sustainability Studies, and the new concentrations in
Management, beyond the Institute’s traditional of strength in
engineering, Marthers said. “Here on campus we know that
Rensselaer has historically been a top producer of future
leaders and innovators, so it is very encouraging to see
external evidence that more and more students value the
high-quality academic and co-curricular programs that we
Rensselaer will host its annual Accepted Student Celebration
event on April 14. For information regarding Rensselaer
Admissions, visit: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/admissions/index.html.
Contact: Jessica Otitigbe
Phone: (518) 276-6050