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

  • Dean's ListApproximately 850 students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2016 semester. The Dean's List recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below "C."
     
  • Congratulations to all those elected to represent and lead the Rensselaer student body for the 2016-2017 academic year!

     

  • The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) is aware that many students are receiving emails from people identifying themselves as employers, saying the "Career Center sent us your resume."  Please do not engage with these individuals to share your information and alert the CCPD immediately.  Only validated employers have access to our online Resume Books.  Always be cautious of an email regarding employment that comes from a non-corporate email address.  If you have any questions or are uncertain about the validity of

  • Delve into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy--such as time warps, shape changing, rocket launches, and illumination by floating candle--and see the physics and math behind the phenomena with Charles L.

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 and now held in universities around the globe, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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