Information for Prospective and Accepted Students

We welcome prospective and accepted students and their families to the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer!  Use this webpage to familiarize yourself with our department and get your questions answered.

About the Department

The undergraduate program in computer science prepares students to solve real-world problems and carry out fundamental research.  Our undergraduates distinguish themselves by landing high-income jobs at such companies as Google, IBM, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Epic Systems, Facebook, Amazon, and numerous other companies both large and small.  Many of our students go on to prominent graduate schools.  Given our strengths and successes, for the last few years, our incoming class of first-year students has increased and been among the largest ever in our 37-year history.  And recently, in the Fall 2018 semester, computer science became the largest undergraduate major at Rensselaer.

Our undergraduate program is both rigorous and flexible.  Our rigor makes our students highly desirable for employment after graduation, with the average starting salary for computer science students graduating in 2020 just over $96,000.  Our program's flexibility enables our students to earn dual majors in computer science and another discipline, including various fields of engineering (e.g., computer and systems engineering), as well as mathematics (MATH), information technology and web science (ITWS), business and management (BMGT), games and simulation arts and sciences (GSAS), electronic media arts and communication (EMAC), and many more.  Close to 40% of our majors are dual majors, and many students also pursue minors in other fields.

Select the URLs below for more specific information (all URLs open in a new browser window):

Upcoming 2021 Events

Upcoming 2021 events for prospective and accepted students are detailed below.  Use the URLs to navigate to these events.  And note that more events and URLs will be posted soon, so keep checking back here for more!

  • CS Student Webinar [Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00PM ET]: Meet a panel of current students, ask questions, and learn about their experiences at Rensselaer.  Please sign up for this event on the Admissions website here.
  • Meet a CS Professor [Monday, March 22 at 7:00PM ET]: Our computer science professors will be available to meet and discuss the department, their coursework and research, and answer your questions.
  • CS/ITWS Webinar [Wednesday, March 24 at 5:00PM ET]: Talk with faculty, staff, and students in both the CS and Information Technology and Web Science (ITWS) departments to learn about the similarities and differences between the two majors.  Please sign up for this event on the Admissions website here.
  • Meet a CS Professor [Wednesday, March 31 at 4:00PM ET]: Our computer science professors will be available to meet and discuss the department, their coursework and research, and answer your questions.
  • Women in Computer Science Webinar [Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00PM ET]: Meet female student leaders and learn about the student-organized mentorship program, Rensselaer's Women in Computing chapter ACM-W, and other resources for women in the department.  Please sign up for this event on the Admissions website here.
  • Meet a CS Professor [Thursday, April 8 at 12:00PM ET]: Our computer science professors will be available to meet and discuss the department, their coursework and research, and answer your questions.
  • CS Virtual Club Fair [Date TBD in April]: Meet with various club leaders to hear about their experiences, learn about the various clubs and organizations, and speak with current students one-on-one.

CS Clubs and Organizations

Our students are very active in extracurricular activities.  Within our department, students participate in the RPI Computing Club, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (or UPE, the computer science honor society), RPISEC (the computer security club), ACM-W (women in computing), HackRPI, and Coding&&Community.  With well over 200 student organizations on campus, students find many opportunities to pursue their extracurricular interests.

Select the URLs below for flyers and/or links to websites for these organization (all URLs open in a new browser window):

Past (2020) Events

All 2020 events have ended.  Below is a summary of past events specific to computer science for which we have recordings.  Use the URLs below to navigate to these events.

  • Meet a Professor [April]  Our computer science professors were available to meet and discuss the department, their coursework and research, and answer your questions.  Of the six sessions we held, we did record one of them, so feel free to watch and listen in below.
  • Women in Computer Science Panel [April 6 at 6:00PM EDT]  At this session, female student leaders talked about their experiences, in particular with our student-organized mentorship program, Rensselaer's women in computing chapter ACM-W, informal gatherings, and other resources specifically for women in the department.  Click here to watch a video of this past event.
  • Accepted Students Day (ASD) Celebration [April 4 at 11:00AM EDT]  Professor and Department Head Chuck Stewart introduced our department, our curriculum, and our students via a live online presentation that also included a Q&A session.  Click here to watch a video of this past event.
  • Computer Science Student Webinar [March 26 at 6:00PM EDT]  At this session, a panel of current students were available to answer questions and describe their experiences at Rensselaer.  Click here to watch a video of this past event.