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| This place is serious about science and engineering, you may have more fun at another school but you can have just as much here if you try. Plus if you actully buy into the courses you really will become a great engineer. In addition to this the connections you make with people is invaluable. If you are worried about the social life visit campus and hang out with the people; I found that I could identify with many students and this allows me to have a enjoyable social life. |
|Nov 02 2004|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| This is an awful school. The administration is horrible and completely apathetic towards the students. RPI cares more about looking good than doing good for its students. It spends more money on making fancy new buildings and putting pretty designs and flowers on the sidewalks than giving the students more. There are a few favored student clubs and activities that get money and support, and the others are given practically nothing by the Union and have to pretty much support themselves. If students try to stand up for what's right, the administration shoots them down and tries to break their spirit (and most students at RPI do have broken spirits). They're blacklisted and labeled troublemakers. Not officially, of course, but it's obvious in the retribution that occurs later. Students are nothing more but money suppliers to RPI, and that's why many of the students aside from those in frats are miserable. Some will say that you just have to go be active and join clubs and whatever. The problem is, you have to join the "right" club in order to really enjoy yourself. Otherwise, if you're not in a favored club, you're pretty much screwed for anything you want to do. This school is all about getting money to make themselves look good (not getting money to do things to help the students) and raking the students for every penny in the process. This is not the school for an independent spirit, because they don't like independent spirits. That's why they just changed the slogan of the school from "Why not change the world?" to "One word says it all - Rensselaer." Also, the Student Union is now called the Union, and even the Student Union rules and regulations are now called "guidelines." The administration rules everything and the students have no voice whatsoever. Those who speak up are targeted and broken down. |
|Oct 25 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| 16 years out allows some perspective. |
The architecture building is physically at the center of campus but as an architecture student I remember the experience being more at the fringes of the RPI experience - much to our enjoyment.
RPI architecture provided a stong foundation for growth with little dogma or politics. Excellent teaching approach.
The school is less known in the field but when they have heard of it they respect it.Given the chioce again - I would do it again (but take more road trips to Williams, Smith, etc)
| Starting Job: Associate Architect, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: B- |
|Sep 23 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |