It’s official. A record total of 15,201 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer this fall, according to numbers released by the Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents a growth of more than 4 percent since last year at this time, and a 172 percent increase since 2005.
“For seven consecutive years, Rensselaer has set records for freshman
applications. Since 2005, applications have grown by 172 percent,” said Paul
Marthers, vice president for enrollment and dean of undergraduate and graduate
admissions. “It is exciting to see that our around-the-globe outreach efforts
have translated into unprecedented levels of popularity among prospective
Marthers noted that for the second consecutive year, the average
SAT critical reading and math score for the admitted group is 1400.
2012 applicant pool also represents a continued expansion of the national and
international profile of the student body, as well as a significant increase in
applications from women, underrepresented minority students, international
students, and Rensselaer “legacies”—students with relatives who attended the
In addition, the group includes students who have been
nominated for the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship awarded to the top math and
science students at almost 3,000 high schools around the world.
to the Office of Admissions, this year’s overall increase in applications was
also driven by greater numbers of students visiting campus, a higher conversion
rate from the inquiry to the application stage, and new student life programs
designed to enhance the overall student and educational experience.
“Rensselaer also continues to register growing interest in new areas
of an expanding curriculum—such as cognitive science; design, innovation, and
society; sustainability studies; and the new concentrations in management—beyond
the Institute’s traditional strength in engineering,” Marthers said. “Here on
campus, we know that Rensselaer has historically been a top producer of future
leaders and innovators, so it is very encouraging to see external evidence that
more and more students value the high-quality academic and co-curricular
programs that we offer.”
Rensselaer will host its annual Accepted
Student Celebration event on April 14.