To expand access to the Rensselaer transformational experience, Rensselaer has instituted a spring admission program. Because the Institute receives record numbers of applications each year, a spring admission provides a unique pathway for a select group of outstanding and mature students to study at our world-class technological research university.

Accepted Student“A Rensselaer education—through innovative pedagogy, global challenge-linked research, and a transformative student experience—positions graduates to truly change the world,” says Karen Long, acting vice president for enrollment.

Students enrolling in January are expected to use the summer and fall semesters before matriculation to pursue a wide range of interests, including taking courses at other colleges, or engaging in internships, volunteer work, outdoor exploration, or paid employment.

CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students), the Rensselaer learning and living environment, will ensure that they not only thrive and are supported here, but also that they will become an integral part of a strong community of learners, as they share their experiences with fellow students and create their own pathways to success.

The majority of the students entering in January are expected to graduate with their class in May of the senior year. This can be accomplished by taking classes elsewhere before enrolling at Rensselaer, obtaining AP/IB credit from high school, taking summer courses before enrolling or in subsequent summers, or some combination of these options.