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This is a ruff school not for theEngineering Department
This is a ruff school not for the faint of heart. Your professors will be the leaders in their given research. I did awesome in high school and community college then got wrecked by my first semester and spent the next 3 years pulling myself back together. If you make it through with a meaningful major you WILL GET A GOOD JOB! Classes are hard!

People are nice and friendly JOIN A CLUB in your first semester and stick with them (Go with Outing Club). Get back tests from APO in the Union. Don't party to hard and if you don't play WOW or LOL all day you will be better than 60% of the guys and you will beat the ratio and find a nice smart girl.Weather is terrible it's cold, rainy and cloudy all year. Troy is coming back, RPI is dumping money into it and it's starting to get nice. Also move off campus. Get a car to enjoy upper NY state.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Quite BrightEngineering Department
Worst decision of my life. I regret coming here. Save yourself. Wouldn't wish this school on anyone.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Innovation: F
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This is as of March, 2011.Quite BrightEngineering Department
This is as of March, 2011. Many things have changed recently and are still changing rapidly. I'm a freshman, white suburbanite from Massachusetts.

Pros:
-Can't speak for the other majors, but the engineering degree is very well respected. You are almost guaranteed a good job or admittance into a good grad school.

-Nice campus.
-Good Greek scene.
-Good facilites.
-Relatively small classes.
-Almost everyone is really smart.
Cons:
-Although improving, still very few girls (26%).
-Expensive.
-Troy's nothing to brag about.
-Lack of diversity amongst students (didn't think this would bother me at first, but it would be nice to know some non-STEM students).

-No language program (supposedly coming back soon, and you can cross-register at nearby schools).
-A lot of weird kids.Given the choice, I don't think I'd come here again because of the price and lack of girls, but it doesn't suck enough to transfer. If you come here, you just have to work to get your money's worth and have fun. I'd prefer a slightly larger more well-rounded state university with a good engineering program. Don't come here if you don't know what you want to do.

1st Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C+
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