RPI again rated among top 50 universities in annual report
TROY, N. Y. » Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has again been ranked among the best universities in the United States in the annual list of college rankings released this week by U. S. News & World Report.
The publication ranks RPI 42nd among 311 national research universities, marking the 18th straight year the schools has been ranked as one of the top 50 national universities. In addition, RPI’s undergraduate engineering program was ranked 30th in the nation, while its mechanical engineering program was ranked 19th The college also ranked 31st in the Great School at a Great Price category, Rensselaer ranked 31st, continuing a steady rise in that category over the last five years.
Factors cited as contributing to RPI’s rankings include a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13- to- 1; the fact that 97 percent of faculty are full- time employees; its strong academic reputation; and a high ranking among high school counselors.
“For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has provided a radically active form of teaching and learning to students who have gone on to push the frontiers of technology and truly change the world,” college President Shirley Ann Jackson said in a news release. “Our continued high standing in the U. S. News rankings reflects our dedication to providing an unparalleled educational experience to an accomplished and increasingly diverse student body.”
Founded in 1824, RPI has a long- held reputation as one of the nation’s top universities and received a record number of applications for the current Class of 2021, including the most ever from females, underrepresented minorities and international students. Its faculty and alumni represent 85 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, eight members of the National Academy of Medicine, eight members of the National Academy of Inventors and five members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners and a Nobel Prize winner in physics.