Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 6, March 29, 2013

Freshman Applications Surge Past 16,000

It’s official. A record total of 16,112 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 approximately 6 percent since last year at this time.

“For eight consecutive years, Rensselaer has set records for freshman applications. Since 2005, applications have grown by 189 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 students.”

This year, more than 6,600 students have been admitted, for a 41 percent acceptance rate—the third lowest in Rensselaer’s history.

Marthers also noted that for the second consecutive year, the average SAT critical reading and math score for the admitted group is over 1400. This year, the average score is 1408.

The 2013 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 university.

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.

According to the Rensselaer 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 appeal to outstanding students who are interested in studying at a technological university,” 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.”

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