Articles in Student Life

Troy Night Out

Campus groups perform at monthly arts and cultural event

Troy night out

Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. Last month, the streets, alleyways, and local venue stages were graced with the talents of several performing arts groups from the Rensselaer campus and area community who showcased their talents in music,… Read More

FOCUS: Hockey Line

Celebrating a Rensselaer tradition 41 years in the making

Hockey Line

For 41 years, the Hockey Line has been a tradition at Rensselaer. The annual rite of passage for avid Rensselaer hockey fans provides an opportunity for individuals to stake out a spot alongside the Rensselaer Union in order to purchase season tickets for upcoming hockey games. Beginning on Sept. 2, student organizations, Greek Life houses,… Read More

Rensselaer Places Among Top National Universities in Latest U.S. News Ranking

Rensselaer has been ranked among top 50 for the past 15 years


Rensselaer once again ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to the annual list of college rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report. Rensselaer ranked 42 among all national universities. The ranking follows last month’s recognition from USA Today, which included Rensselaer as fifth on the list of “Top… Read More

Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond 2014

Week of activities introduces students to campus, each other, and the area

Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond

Last month, Rensselaer officially welcomed members of the Class of 2018, and introduced them to the local community through a weeklong series of events known as “Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond” (NRB), the official continuation of orientation. “When students arrive on campus, and especially in a new environment, it can be intimidating,” said Janelle Fayette, dean… Read More

Rensselaer Welcomes the Class of 2018

The 1,383 first-year students are an exceptional group


The fall semester is in full swing and members of the Class of 2018 have already completed their first week of classes. The 1,383 first-year students promise to be an exceptional group and represent the next generation of leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators, in fields ranging from engineering to architecture, from fine arts to… Read More

They’re Back!

The Class of 2018 has arrived on campus


The Class of 2018 has arrived on campus! The 1,350 new students were celebrated at the Kickoff Barbecue on Aug. 19 at a picnic outside the Commons Dining Hall. After a week of Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond activities, the students were greeted at The Approach on 8th Street by President Jackson, then paraded downtown for… Read More

Rensselaer Graduates 1,613 at 208th Commencement

President advises graduates to embrace the data-driven revolution 
and believe in their ability to change the world


208th Commencement To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Commencement ceremony May 24, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities. “Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas­—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said…. Read More

Reunion & Homecoming 2014: An Evening of A Cappella With VoicePlay

Event also will feature student a cappella groups

Voice Play

The campus community is invited to join alumni for a special Reunion & Homecoming weekend event. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. You may know them from NBC’s The Sing-Off. The evening of entertainment in the Curtis R…. Read More

Class of 2014’s Parting Gift: A Place To Sit

New bench in DCC Great Hall a welcome addition

Class 2014 Gift

Each year at Commencement, the graduating class presents the university with a unique and spirited gift. This year, members of the Class of 2014 have raised funds to install benches in the Darrin Communications Center Great Hall. “Traditionally, each class donates a gift to improve campus life for years to come,” said Class President Michelle… Read More

Senior Athletes Honored at Banquet

Annual event celebrates graduating students


The Rensselaer 2013-14 senior student-athletes were recognized at the annual banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn recently. Each student-athlete was presented a senior gift by Vice President for Student Life Tim Sams and Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. One highlight of the event was the awarding of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) Team of… Read More