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They care too much about the money, not enough about the educational quality.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1921
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I went to RPI on a full ROTCPhysics
I went to RPI on a full ROTC scholarship back in the Reagan days when defense$ were flowing like water and you just had to fog a mirror. Overall it was a positive experience. I started in Aero Eng but struggled with some initial courses. After switching to Physics (Astrophysics minor) I did quite well.

The academics are rigorous and free of grade inflation. In my day, the actual mean GPA was a 2.3. I graduated with a 3.4 of which I was very proud.

RPI had a good reputation amongst the over 55 yo technical worker crowd, thus the name definitely helped when I transitioned to civilian employment. That is generally no longer the case but at least old RPI alums like me take it into account when hiring.

That said, I would advise prospective students to think long and hard about attending. If you aren't 100% sure you wish to be an engineer, choose a true university with more options. In my case, I didn't want to forfeit my scholarship.

There is definitely a chip on the shoulder as the "safety school" for students aspiring to MIT. Frankly, even that is exaggeration as there are plenty of engineering programs ranked significantly higher than RPI, many in larger universities with a far greater breadth of majors: U Mich, Ga Tech, Berkeley, BU, Univ Illinois, UT Austin, Princeton. So, in reality, RPI is third string in the first tier engineering schools. Cold hard truth that makes many of my fellow RPIers uncomfortable.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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In the field, it is hard to seeArchitecture
In the field, it is hard to see how college has either help or hurt me because it helped me by changing my view of what hard work really was but hurt my confidence. This school has many positives and negatives. The Campus is absolutely beautiful and even the surrounding areas if you take the time to look around and find them. The people there can be very fun to be around and everyone seems to have something of value to bring to the table. The is what I would believe to be a normal amount of racism and prejudice for a college, which does not make it okay. I am just saying its not out of the norm to be harassed by public safety, make fun of for being different, or ignored and put into the loser category just because of your race here. My classmate even made a music video that touches on it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1XJ5gqXe4M . People always talk poorly of Troy, however it is what you make it in many regards. If you go to RPI, you should try not to let people's foul mood ruin your experience with Troy. The educational side of RPI is great! There are both good and bad professors, however I have had many professors that were amazing; level headed, caring, excepting, and extremely knowledgeable. I haven't yet decided what I fully think of my experience at RPI, but when I do, I will come back and post it.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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