Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranks High in Best Programs for Veterans

May 30, 2019

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ranks High in Best Programs for Veterans

Three departments rank in the top 15 percent nationwide

TROY, N.Y. — Three academic programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been singled out as especially veteran-friendly, according to rankings published by College Factual, a source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes.

The physics program ranked 13th out of 263 for veteran friendliness, putting Rensselaer in the top 5% of all schools in the nation when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans studying physics. Statewide, Rensselaer’s physics program ranked 2nd out of 28 colleges and universities.

Likewise, the chemical engineering program at Rensselaer ranked 18th out of 151, putting Rensselaer in the top 15% of all schools in the nation, and 4th out of 11 in New York state. Also, the mechanical engineering program ranked 18th out of 272, putting Rensselaer in the top 10% of schools nationally, and 2nd out of 18 schools in New York.

College Factual developed these rankings to highlight schools that offer quality outcomes in a specific major while also offering support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive. The rankings were based on such factors as veteran affordability, number of veterans on campus, support and on-campus resources for veterans, and overall college quality.

In its findings, College Factual also noted that, based on PayScale survey data, students who graduate from Rensselaer in physics, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering realize higher-than-average earnings both in their early career and mid-career.

Rensselaer has a strong history of collaboration with, and support of, the U.S. military. The campus hosts Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The university has been educating Naval flag officers, particularly in the Civil Engineer Corps, since the 1860s, and, with the exception of the United States Naval Academy, has trained more U.S. Naval flag officers than any other school in the nation.


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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 104,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 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. To learn more, please visit