Vision & Priorities

Driven by a talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded its research enterprise by leveraging existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: Biotechnology and the Life Sciences; Computational Science and Engineering; Media, Arts, Science, and Technology; Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems; and Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.

We live in a data-driven, web-enabled, supercomputer-powered, globally interconnected world. This is a world that Rensselaer has helped to create. It is a world in which Rensselaer is uniquely positioned to help humanity use the remarkable technological tools at its disposal to answer the grand challenges surrounding energy, water, food, and national security, human health, climate change, and the allocation of scarce natural resources.Since 1999, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson has led an extraordinary transformation of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York and Hartford, Connecticut into a world-class technological research university.

Academics at Rensselaer


The Rensselaer approach to education prepares students for leadership and for life. Undergraduates can take advantage of extraordinary learning opportunities, including research, internships, and international programs. Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) is a comprehensive approach to the student experience at Rensselaer. Through ongoing support, guidance, and co-curricular activities, CLASS connects students to a network of faculty, staff, and other students, ensuring that they are part of a strong community of learners. As students strive to become the leaders of tomorrow, CLASS helps them develop the intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and global awareness that will enable them to change the world.

Students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools. Rensselaer provides a rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environment and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and creativity. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Transformative Campaign for Global Change

As Rensselaer approaches its bicentennial, planning for the Institute’s third century is underway. The Rensselaer Plan 2024 outlines the goals that will define the next chapter and serve as the core pillars of the pending capital campaign.

The Rensselaer Plan 2024 sets forth an ambitious goal to raise more than $1 billion focused on raising philanthropic support for a student aid endowment and 500 new endowed chairs. The campaign will also identify funds for state-of-the art academic and athletic facilities. The successful conclusion of this campaign will position Rensselaer as a world-class technological research institute with global reach and impact by 2024 coinciding with the 200th anniversary.

The $1 billion campaign will raise funds for three key initiatives:

Creating Access and Enhancing the Student Experience

Bridging the Gap: Building the Student Aid Endowment
Creating Pedagogical Innovations

Attracting Top Talent and Empowering World-Changing Research

Faculty 500: Creating New Endowed Chairs

Modernizing and Equipping the Campus for its Third Century

Building State-of-the-Art Academic and Athletic Facilities

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