RPI again rated among top 50 uni­ver­si­ties in an­nual re­port

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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.


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