Why Give

You Provide Opportunities for Deserving Students

Students are more than our first priority—they are the reason we exist.

To attract and retain the smartest and most promising students, Rensselaer must have the financial resources to compete with other top-tier universities, including those able to meet the full financial need of students. Increasing access and enhancing the student experience requires us to bridge the gap in available financial aid.

We recognize that bright young men and women come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds the world over. Attracting these talented applicants, regardless of financial need, is integral to creating a richer and more rewarding educational experience. Scholarships create life-changing opportunities for deserving students to focus on their education with all the energy and attention such a transformative endeavor deserves.

You Help Attract and Retain Talented Faculty

Accomplishing our academic and research goals also requires us to attract and retain outstanding faculty at all levels, in every school, and in each department. Our faculty are at the heart of what we do and achieve at Rensselaer. Through innovative approaches to teaching, learning and research, they inspire, challenge, and lead.

You Empower Life-Changing Experiences

We are also engaged in major infrastructure projects that will dramatically enhance our capabilities and the student experience. These include the new Center for Science, expansion of the East Campus Athletic Village, and more. Taken together, these new facilities will invigorate Rensselaer athletics, enhance our student clubs and organizations, and fuel greater social and intellectual engagement for the next generation of world changers.

Your support creates a better future by impacting all that we do at Rensselaer.


“Rensselaer is changing before our eyes…from the South Campus, to residence halls, to streetscapes, to academics, to student life, the Institute is being revitalized as never before.”

— Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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