After a record number of applications were submitted to the Institute this past year, the RPI Class of 2014 has shaped up to be a very diverse group of students.
The Class of 2014 is projected to have 1,135 students this fall. The decrease in class size this year is a result of an intentional decrease of engineers. This reduction is to improve the teacher-to-student ratio in the school of engineering, according to Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Paul Marthers.
The class was selected from yet another record-breaking group of 13,466 applicants, a 9 percent increase from 2009, and a 142 percent increase from 2005. This year has also seen a 1 percent increase in women enrolling, bringing the total to 28 percent female.
“Once again, the freshman class is comprised of very bright students with a special interest in discovery, innovation, and interdisciplinary study,” exclaimed Marthers.
“When I [got] accepted by RPI, I started to learn more and more about it, and I fell more in love with it,” explained Fabian Hough ’14 about his decision to attend. “RPI just had this sort of atmosphere that other universities didn’t have, and it was something that I valued. I could actually learn so many things, and still have fun.”
Overall, the final class is broken up with 53 percent engineers, 26 percent in science, 4 percent in the Lally School, 6 percent in Architecture, and 6 percent in Humanities and Social Sciences.
The class is slightly less geographically diverse this year, with only 27 percent of students enrolling from outside the Northeast, down from 30 percent last year. Enrollment for underrepresented minorities has also decreased, dropping to 8.1 percent, from last year’s 9.5 percent last year.
Additionally, the average SAT score for enrolled students is 1363, up from 1354 last year and 1320 in 2005. 66 percent of enrolled students are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, up from 61 percent last year.
With these increases in academics, however, come increases in financial burden. The tuition discount rate is down to 41.3 percent versus last year’s 43.6 percent and 2005’s 52 percent.
Overall, the Class of 2014 has an impressive background that raises the academic standards for incoming classes at RPI.