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Congratulations. You've just taken the first step toward an exciting education in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. EMAC is the hot new degree track toward a BS in Communication at Rensselaer.

Other nodes in this web site give more information about the courses we offer and our faculty. With this letter, we hope to answer some of the questions that students commonly ask when they consider our program and Rensselaer.


EMAC students will take courses in the Language Literature and Communication (LL&C) and Arts (iEAR) departments. This unique, interdisciplinary approach provides students with complete access to both departments' faculty and state-of-the-art computer facilities. The future will not respect conventional boundaries and EMAC students need to be prepared to meet those changes and work across different fields. This is just the beginning!


The unique combination of art and technology places EMAC ahead of its time. In the 21st century EMAC graduates will be in high demand by many industries, including entertainment, information services, media and advertising. EMAC students will have careers as Computer Animators, World Wide Web Weavers, Online Content Developers and Graphic Designers.

Dollars for Scholars

We are committed to making an EMAC education affordable for you and your family. EMAC applicants are automatically considered for LL&C's $20,000 Awards for Excellence in Communication and Electronic Media when they apply to Rensselaer and indicate their interest in EMAC.

And don't forget about RPI scholarships and federal grants and loans! This year 80 percent of Rensselaer students received financial aid of some kind. (Your parents will love this part!)

To apply for financial aid, ask your high school guidance office or a local college for a Financial Aid Form. Complete and submit this form no later than February 15. For more information, contact our Financial Aid office at (518) 276-6813.

Please remember the application deadline is January 1st.

Come Visit Us!

Come sit in on some classes and visit with faculty and students. There are general campus tours every weekday and on Saturdays. Click here for information about campus tours. When you come, be sure to visit our state-of-the-art electronic arts studios and computer labs. If you need overnight arrangements for your visit, call 518-276-6216 or e-mail Undergraduate Admissions. You can call this same number to set up an interview with one of our admissions counselors.

Questions? Comments?

If you would like to speak with me or with another faculty member in LL&C or iEAR, please call me at (518) 276-6467, or send e-mail to emac@rpi.edu. I'd be glad to tell you more about our programs and research, or about the careers open to you as an EMAC graduate from Rensselaer.


June Deery,
Executive Director of EMAC Program

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