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

  • In order to facilitate the thesis and dissertation submission process, the Office of Graduate Education will host a presentation on the Thesis & Dissertation Submission Process. Tips and techniques on the submission process will be discussed to guide students in the last phase of their studies by providing key recommendations, do’s and don’ts, and sharing common mistakes that students make in the submission process, often costing critical time. A pizza lunch will be provided.

  • “Traveling to Panama with EWB-RPI was a life-changing experience for me,” said Tom Rebbecchi ’16, a materials science and engineering major who serves as the organization’s professional liaison, and is the former vice president. Rebbecchi, who hails from Cherry Hill, N.J., noted that the trip to Panama was his first time out of the country.

  • Staying in Troy over Spring Break?  Join us for exciting programs brought to you by the Division of Student Life.  Events include trips to Boston and Albany, and a way to give back to the community around us. (Events currently being finalized)  Check out the website for details!  Rensselaer Break Programs – Events worth staying for!