Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, established in 1824 is the nation’s first technological research university. It is a private university with over 5,500 undergraduates. The university’s main campus is in Troy, New York and its two other campuses are in Hartford and Groton, Connecticut. The main hillside campus combines traditional and modern architecture and overlooks the Hudson River. The campus has over 160 clubs & sports organizations and a technology park. It’s an institute that is known for challenging its students with a hands-on, real-world research environment. It has a strong alumni association, accessible professors and great career services. The (aptly called) RTI Engineers compete in Division II varsity sports and Division I hockey! It also has innovative campus events that exemplify the institute’s commitment to hands-on learning such as GameFest. Notable Alumni include George Washington Gale Ferris, creator of the original Ferris Wheel and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn. RTI is a university with a bold vision and a wonderful campus life.