A record total of 18,569 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer this fall, according to numbers released today by the Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of approximately 17 percent from last year at this time.
“For nine consecutive years, Rensselaer has set records for freshman applications. This year, we reached a new record of 118,656 inquiries from students interested in attending Rensselaer. Since 2005, applications have grown by 233 percent,” said Paul Marthers, vice president for enrollment and dean of undergraduate and graduate admissions. “The record application numbers indicate that Rensselaer continues to be very popular and highly valued.”
This year, more than 6,750 students have been admitted, for a 36 percent acceptance rate—which is the third lowest in Rensselaer’s history.
Marthers also noted that the average SAT critical reading and math score for the admitted group is 1417, the highest level ever and eight points higher than last year. Eighty-two percent of the students are coming from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
The 2014 applicant pool also represents a continued expansion of the national and international profile of the student body, as well as a significant increase in applications from women, underrepresented minority students, international students, and Rensselaer “legacies”—students with relatives who attended the university.
In addition, the high achieving group includes students who have been nominated for the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship awarded to the top math and science students at nearly 3,000 high schools around the world.
According to the Office of Admissions, this year’s overall increase in applications was also driven by greater numbers of students visiting campus, a higher conversion rate from the inquiry to the application stage, and new student life programs designed to enhance the overall student and educational experience.
“Rensselaer continues to appeal to outstanding students who are interested in studying at a technological university,” Marthers said. “Here on campus we know that Rensselaer has historically been a top producer of future leaders and innovators, so it is very encouraging to see external evidence that more and more students value the high-quality academic and co-curricular programs that we offer.”
Rensselaer will host its annual Accepted Student Celebration event on April 5. In addition, members of the Class of 2018 will participate in Student Orientation during July and early August. From Aug. 19 to Aug. 24, Rensselaer will officially welcome the members of the Class of 2018, and introduce them to the local community through a weeklong series of events known as “Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond” (NRB). Created under The Rensselaer Plan in 2001, NRB is usually organized around three general themes: adventure/team building; cultural/historical; and community service.