200 Years
of Innovation

Welcome to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Bicentennial Year, 2024!

We are marking this historic milestone with a year-long program of events and activities that honor our past, celebrate our present, and chart our course forward.

Founded in 1824 for applying science to the common purposes of life, RPI is the first technological research university in the United States. Today, it is recognized as a premier university, noted for its robust and holistic learning community that connects creativity with science and technology.

Join us as we embrace this important moment!


The stories
of RPI

We invite our entire RPI community to share their Rensselaer stories. To our students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and supporters, thank you for being part of our journey and making history every day. Whether it's a transformative event, a cherished memory, or a moment of inspiration, please share your story, let's together capture the essence of what makes RPI special.


200 on top of a blueprint of a ferris wheel

Two centuries of education

This commemorates RPI's 20 decades of innovation, excellence, and impact. From groundbreaking discoveries to life-changing educational experiences, we celebrate the countless and remarkable ways in which those who have studied at RPI have impacted the everyday lives of people everywhere. Explore the world of Rensselaer Firsts to learn just how world-changing our students and graduates are.

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Building Bridges to the Future

Bicentennial Commencement 2024

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Upcoming Signature Events

Take part in a year of Bicentennial celebrations.

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