Articles in Student Life

Student-Athletes’ Academic Success Rate at 99 Percent

Above national average

Students at Rensselaer exhibit hard work, determination, dedication, and commitment to meet every challenge head-on. With support, guidance, and co-curricular activities, Rensselaer students connect to a network of faculty, staff, and other students, ensuring that they are part of a strong community of learners. As students strive to become the leaders of tomorrow, the Rensselaer… Read More

Celestial Songs, Earthly Dances…and Some Fireworks

Commumity invited to annual holiday concert in EMPAC Dec. 14

Local residents are invited to join Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff for the Institute’s annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. This year’s performance, which will be led by Institute conductor Nicholas DeMaison, is an invitation for people in the campus community and the greater Capital Region community to celebrate the season with… Read More

George Washington Bridge Tour

Civil engineering students get behind-the-scenes tour

On Nov. 5, Civil Engineering Department Head Chris Letchford and 24 civil engineering 
students visited the George Washington Bridge for an in-depth “engineer’s tour” of the bridge structure and the inner workings of one of the country’s busiest transportation facilities. This was the seventh annual tour, which started with a visit from Professor Thomas Zimmie and… Read More


Student organization hosts first-annual 24-hour hackathon


Last month, nearly 500 students from over 60 colleges and universities from the Northeast, along with students from several high schools, traveled to the Rensselaer campus to participate in the first 24-hackathon hosted by student members of the Rensselaer Hackathon organization. The event, dubbed “HackRPI,” was coordinated by a team of students that included Jacob… Read More

Rensselaer Celebrates 190th Anniversary of Founding Letter

Annual Founders Day event included tree-lighting ceremony, video premiere

The Rensselaer community gathered November 5 to commemorate the founding of the Institute with a celebration including the annual weR Bright tree-lighting ceremony and the premiere of a crowd-sourced video featuring alumni and students. November 5 is the 190th anniversary of a letter written by Institute founder Stephen Van Rensselaer announcing the formation of a… Read More

Rensselaer TALKS: “The Design and Practice of Learning” Dec. 6

Four speakers to take part in second installment of TALKS

Learning is an art, diverse in nature. It requires form and is tempered by keen practice. In order to understand how, we must first discuss what constitutes learning. The second biannual TALKS seminar, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium, brings… Read More

Football Wins Dutchman Shoes with 31-28 Win Over Union

Annual rivalry brings trophy back to Rensselaer

Nick Borkowski returned an interception for 75 yards for a touchdown, while Andrew Franks put Rensselaer on top for good with a 25-yard field goal with seven minutes remaining to lead the Engineers to a 31-28 win over Union in the 65th Dutchman Shoes Trophy Game. Rensselaer finished the regular season with a 6-5 overall… Read More

Student Teaches Course on Personal Finance

More than 70,000 students have enrolled in the five-week online course

Personal Finance

Every week, students from around the globe log in and learn about personal financial management from Rensselaer student Alex LeBon. A junior majoring in physics, LeBon spent much of last summer working on—and starring in—a free online course developed by his stepfather, Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at the University of California-Irvine… Read More

Area High School Students Visit Rensselaer To Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Event aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and advanced manufacturing

Manufacturing Day

More than 200 high school students from around New York’s Capital Region visited Rensselaer Oct. 7 to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. It marks the third year Rensselaer has participated in the event, which aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and advanced manufacturing. “Advanced manufacturing is critical for accelerating American innovation, for… Read More

Focus On: Family Weekend 2014

More than 4,000 people visited campus to get a taste of life at Rensselaer

Family Weekend

Last month, campus was buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families visited the campus to celebrate Family Weekend. For more than 60 years, parents, family members, alumni, and friends have made the trek to the Troy campus to attend the annual event. “This year the theme for Family Weekend is ‘190 years of Family’—celebrating… Read More