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Students who got into RPI say:
Tips mention: Interview (3), ACT/SAT (40), Grades (20), Sports (5), Essay (5)
Physics
Sep 12 2013
Have some innate abilities and enjoyment of study , particularly of science, math or engineering. Have a desire to change the world for the better. Study intently but remain connected to the world.
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Aerospace Engineering
Feb 11 2013
High test scores and a high GPA are the only way to go. Take plenty of AP courses. Look into the Rensselaer Medalist Scholarship if you are seriously interested and ask about it at your high school if they award it.
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Accounting
Jan 18 2013
Common app, decent SAT score and decent High school grades and youre good to go
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Architecture
Oct 12 2012
I'm not sure how I got in haha. I'm smart but not a genius. I had a 2090 for SAT score (A 1400 for Math and Reading). RPI gives out a lot of scholarships which is great. I got a 25,000 yearly Leadership Award which really helped. I had a lot of extracurriculars coming out of high school: Debate, National Honor Society, Unified Sports, etc. I'd suggest mainting a relatively good GPA (doesn't have to be superb), I had a 3.75 on a 4.33 scale, unweighted. I did well on AP exams (both AP calc and AP physics), and I wrote some solid essays. When you apply, just make sure you present yourself as a well rounded, motivated student. Don't be afraid to take a risk with the essays.
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