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Undergraduate Admissions

Department Overview

A Rensselaer undergraduate education in computer science prepares students both to solve real-world problems and to do fundamental research. Our students have distinguished themselves in many ways: they have founded companies while still in school; taken high paying jobs at companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, GE, and Morgan Stanley, and gone on to prominent graduate schools.

Our program is rigorous yet flexible. The rigor makes our students highly desirable for industrial employment after graduation. The average starting salary for students graduating in 2011 was over $74,000. The flexibility allows our students to do dual majors in computer science and another discipline such as Engineering, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, or Electronic Media Arts and Communication (EMAC), or Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the:

Our students are also active in extracurricular activities including the Association for Computing Machinery, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computer Science honor society), RPISEC (the computer security club), the Games Club, and the student newspaper. With more than 100 student organizations on campus, most students will find opportunities to pursue their extracurricular interests.

The department has 21 full-time faculty members, renowned nationally and internationally for their work. In addition, every semester, several adjunct and visiting faculty enrich the department with their experience from business and from other academic institutions. Our faculty conduct research on topics such as algorithm design, bioinformatics, computational science and engineering, computer graphics, computer vision, data mining, database systems, grid computing, machine learning, networking, parallel and distributed computing, programming languages and software engineering, robotics, semantic web, and social and cognitive networks.

Both faculty and staff are available to help students with academic, personal, and career development. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists with choosing courses and making decisions about careers and graduate school.

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