Student Life News

  • Rensselaer will host its 20th Black Families Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  The STEM program is designed to expose middle school students in grades 6-8, their families, and educators to educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as the arts. 

  • The Office of First-Year Experience is seeking volunteers for its 2019 Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond (NRB) Program, held from August 22-28.  Events include: the Kick-Off BBQ, Union After Dark, ECAV After Dark, NRB Overnight Trips, and several dozen day trips on campus and around the region.  The full list of overnight and day trips with descriptions can be found

  • Patterned off the Last Lecture Series made famous by Dr. Randy Pausch, Rensselaer's Class of 2019 will celebrate their last lecture at Rensselaer with three lectures on diverse topics. Each lecture will be 50 minutes with a reception to follow. Lucky attendees will leave with a copy of Dr. Pausch's book, "The Last Lecture".

    Nearly 400 graduating seniors helped to choose who they would like to hear from one last time. The Rensselaer community is welcome to attend. 


  • Interested in showcasing your club or organization during Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond?  Sign up for a variable time block by clicking the link.  Variable time blocks include a 1-2 hour window for your club or organization to table or host an activity.  Help us welcome the incoming Class of 2023 this Summer.  We look forward to working with you!  ~ Office of First Year Experience 

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications for Student Orientation/Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond Advisor and Coordinator positions are now being accepted in the Office of the First-Year Experience.

  • Mark your calendars for Reunion & Homecoming:

  • Dr. Peter A. Konwerski is the former Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Dr. Konwerski is a highly accomplished and experienced student life administrator with over 27 years of academic, professional, and leadership experience. 

  • Claire Gonyo, Ph. D.Claire Gonyo will serve as the undergraduate class dean for the Class of 2021, students who began at the Institute in the fall of 2017.

  • Sherry GunnSherry received her bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. “I absolutely loved my college experience.

  • A few things I've learned over the past two years is to definitely do your research on the companies that are coming. It's a really easy way to keep a conversation going by being able to have a discussion on current news about the facility. These extended conversations give the recruiter a chance to remember your name and really make your mark.

  • Things to do at the Career Fair: Sophomore Edition!


    If you haven’t been able to get your resume critiqued, use our Career Development Guide for resume examples. Remember, one page, 10-12 sized font, a ½ inch can be your smallest margins and 2.7 or higher GPA can be listed. You can also leave high school information on until the end of this year.

  • Hello Sophomores!  Greetings from the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development (ACSLD).  I trust that you are preparing for the Career Fair to be held on Friday (9/21) and Saturday (9/22) of this month.  This is an important activity for you to engage in as a part of your leadership development.  Therefore, it is important that you strategically target the organiza

  • Dear Students,

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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”).

  • 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