Student Success


We work directly with undergraduate and graduate students and their families to promote personal growth and academic achievement.


The Student Success portfolio assists students in crafting a holistic, personal experience spanning their tenure at Rensselaer. By creating connections between student aspirations and the wealth of available opportunities and services, the SE Team fosters full engagement with Rensselaer and beyond.  As a keystone in CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students), Student Success collaborations span across Institute divisions and the five schools.

Major areas of the Student Success portfolio include the Undergraduate Class Deans, First-Year Experience (including Navigating Rensselaaer and Beyone programs), parent and family programs and the Graduate Student Experience, and the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development.

Additionally, Student Success manages RPI policies and procedures in regards to excused absences, leaves of absence, withdrawals, and readmission.

Student Experience 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.

  • 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.