Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) is a leader in technology-based education with an expanding emphasis on entrepreneurship and discovery. Widely applauded for the effectiveness of its hands-on, interactive approach to learning, RPI is home to 5,357 resident undergraduate students from 48 states and 67 countries - 64% in the top 10% of their high school class.
RPI awarded 1,143 bachelor's, 672 master's and 158 doctorate degrees in 2008. Of RPI's 401 full-time faculty members, 398 hold Ph.D. degrees or the highest degree possible in their field. Founded in 1824, RPI offers 39 majors, including aeronautical, biomedical, environmental and nuclear engineering. RPI is committed to the development of innovative technologies in fields such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.
The Princeton Review ranked Rensselaer #2 on its 2007 edition of "More to Do on Campus," thanks to 160 clubs, sports and organizations. An experimental media and performing arts center opened in October 2008, showcasing RPI's distinctive electronic arts programs. The Mueller Fitness Center boasts 32,000 square feet for treadmills, cross-training machines, free weights, aerobics, yoga and kickboxing.