Student Life News

  • 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

  • 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”).

  • “Freefall: Flying in Space”, a talk by astronaut, scientist and pilot, Dr. Guion Bluford, who as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ in 1983 became the first African American to travel into space.

    Dr. Bluford will discuss his experience at NASA, and the future of NASA’s manned space flight program.  As well as first-hand insight into how astronauts live in space and some of the activities that they perform in space.

  • 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. 

  • Beginning on September 13 the Life and Learning Academy is specially formulated to help student achieve their goals.  Previous participants who attended multiple sessions saw an average 76% increase in their semester GPA over the previous semester. Sessions are Tuesdays, from 4 to 5 p.m.
    Previous attendees had this to say: 

  • 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.

  • Dean's List: Approximately 900 students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2015 semester.


  • “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!