Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a large university
in Troy, New York, near
Albany, founded in 1824 by
Stephen Van Rensselaer. It is the oldest
technological university in the English-speaking world.Rensselaer ranks among the top 50 national universities in the United
States by US News & World Report. For
2005, the School of Engineering for undergraduates is ranked 16th in the nation. In 2004, the School of Engineering for graduate
students was ranked 33rd in the nation. In 2003, the Lally School of Management & Technology undergraduate program was ranked
22nd. Its Entrepreneurship program was ranked 13th in 2002. The Multimedia/Visual Communications graduate program has been ranked
8th in 2003 and 2004. The Applied Mathematics graduate program has been 21st in the nation in 2003 and 2004.Rensselaer has five schools: Architecture, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, and Science. RPI is a
technology-oriented university; all of the residence hall rooms have hard-wired high speed internet access, and all incoming
freshman have been required to purchase a laptop computer since 1999. In 2004, The Princeton Review ranked RPI #1 for having the "most connected
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