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

  • Rensselaer has recently launched the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE gathers information about student experiences inside and outside the classroom on topics ranging from academic challenges, interactions with faculty and peers, and co-curricular learning. First-year, sophomore, and senior students can help by completing the NSSE via a link in the email invitation the received. We will use our NSSE results, and benchmark data from peer institutions, to measure outcomes related to CLASS and guide improvements to the undergraduate experience.

  • January 29, 2017

    Dear Rensselaer students,

    As you are likely aware, an executive order signed by President Trump on Friday has restricted the entry of individuals from seven countries into the United States. These countries include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. This action may directly or indirectly affect members of the Rensselaer family.

  • November 10, 2016

    Dear Rensselaer students,

    As you may have seen on the news and social media, incidents of bias and violence have been occurring on college campuses across the nation.  We are a community that values inclusivity, dialogue, and above all a safe environment for growth and learning. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you experience or witness harassment, please contact Public Safety immediately at 518-276-6611.  

  • Attention Graduate Students!

    Are you interested in improving your leadership skills? Are you looking to network with corporate professionals? This spring, consider registering for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development’s Professional Leadership Series (“PLS”).

  • This workshop is designed to help you better understand the causes of academic anxiety and to help you develop strategies to prevent  this problem. Concerns about academic success are one of the most common sources of anxiety on our campus.  In fact, anxiety is one of the most common reasons students come to the Rensselaer Counseling Center.  Often, academic anxiety is so difficult to manage, it interferes with your ability to make academic progress.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take control of your academic performance.