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Rensselaer Recognized as Among the Nation’s Best Universities by U.S. News


Contact: Media Relations

September 10, 2013

Rensselaer Recognized as Among the Nation’s Best Universities by U.S. News

The 2013 ranking of Rensselaer by U.S. News and World Report is the latest recognition of the Institute’s long-held reputation as one of the nation’s top universities. The latest ranking—41st in the nation among national research universities —reinforces what the Institute saw in the most recent admissions cycle: the demand for a Rensselaer education has never been higher.

The Class of 2017 is the largest and academically strongest freshman class ever to join Rensselaer, demonstrating how top-tier high school students from around the world seek out, apply to, and ultimately choose to attend the Institute. These outstanding students were chosen from a record number of applicants, marking the 8th consecutive year Rensselaer has set a record for freshman applications.

Several factors informed the ranking this year. These include:

  • Faculty resources rank was 38, up from 48 last year. This category measures a range of factors including salary, degrees held, and student-faculty ratio.
  • Selectivity rank was 39, a new record for the Institute and up from 42 last year. This metric looks at the percentage of applicants who are admitted, the percentage of students in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and average SAT scores.
  • Undergraduate engineering program was ranked 26th, once again among the top 30 programs in the nation.
  • Undergraduate business school rank was 47th, once again among the top 50 programs in the nation.

Rensselaer has been ranked as one of the top 50 national research universities by U.S. News for the past 14 years.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. Known for its excellence and innovation in education and research, Institute faculty, students, and alumni/ae have been a driving force behind engineering and science breakthroughs in virtually every arena—from transportation and telecommunications to business, medicine, outer space, and cyberspace.


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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,600 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.