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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has an active campus life and a vast slate of majors. Although renowned for its science, engineering and mathematics programs, the college has focused on expanding its humanities, arts and communication departments in recent years. RPI's unique combined Electronic Media, Arts and Communication (EMAC) program offers, among others, a concentration in digital storytelling that encompasses animation, video and game design. RPI is also known for its co-op programs, which offer six- to eight-month periods of full-time, paid work experiences related to a student’s major. The real world training helps graduates hit the ground running when they enter the working world: Median early career earnings top $93,000, according to the College Scorecard. While most of the school's 21 sports teams compete at the Division III level, both the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams are Division I. There's a definite emphasis on academics and a fair amount of academic competition – many students choose to double major. Still, RPI has over 200 student-run organizations, and more than 80% of students play sports. Located in Troy, just a mile from the Hudson River, the college offers students ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York. Looking for another way to unwind? The campus is also home to the Clubhouse Pub, where people of legal drinking age can enjoy beer, wings, pizza and hot subs.


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4.2 years
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% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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