The Rensselaer approach to education prepares students for leadership and for life. Undergraduates can take advantage of extraordinary learning opportunites, including research, internships, and international programs.

Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) is a comprehensive approach to the student experience at Rensselaer. Through ongoing support, guidance, and co-curricular activities, CLASS connects students 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, CLASS helps them develop the intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and global awareness that will enable them to change the world.

A Network Of Support

CLASS involves the entire Rensselaer community working to challenge and engage students as they move to higher plateaus of success. CLASS will connect students with many individuals and offices to help.

Time-Based Clustering

Rensselaer has introduced time-based clustering in order to support the personal and academic needs of students during their undergraduate years. Each class is supported by a team of Commons Assistant Deans, upper-class and graduate student staff, Faculty Residential Deans of the Commons, and a Class Dean. This support structure ensures that every student receives the best individual counseling, mentoring, and personal attention that Rensselaer has to offer.

Residential Commons

Rensselaer frames its residential experience so that it can be as enjoyable and productive as possible. Clusters of residence halls, called Residential Commons, are a central feature of CLASS and the Residence Life experience. All first- and second-year students live within these clusters, which are residential halls that are grouped geographically, as well as some that stand-alone.

Faculty Engagement

The staff of the office of the Faculty Dean of the Residential Commons and Faculty Fellows within the Residential Commons provide and facilitate academic and experiential learning activities, including: lunch meetings with faculty, book discussions, and music and art performances.

Student Life Highlights

  • The Sophomore Symposium, February 1, 2017, is a leadership and professional development event organized by the RPI Sophomore Emerging Leaders. Students participate in breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

  • The final I-Persist Mentor Information session is scheduled for 1/23/17 at 4pm in Union 3602.  Don't miss your chance to learn about the program and how you can contribute as mentor to helping your peers succeed!


  • Deadline: February 3rd, 2017 - Submit application to the Archer Center, Academy Hall, Suite 2232

    In honor of Linda Teitelman-McCloskey, the Founding Director of the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, the Archer Center announces the Student Leadership Conference Scholarship Award. The Archer Center will fund two Rensselaer students for attending a leadership and/or professional development conference of their choosing and with approval from the department.

  • Student Success and the School of Science are now accepting applications for calculus, phsics or chemistry mentors for the fall 2017.  We are in need of over 100 mentors to assist the class of 2021 be successful in their first year.

    Top 5 Reasons to become an I-PERSIST Mentor:

  • Leading In Complex Environments

    December 2, 2016

    2:00 PM

    Shelnutt Gallery