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All questions about RPI welcome!


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  • polarbearypolarbeary Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    No, the majority have never taken programming classes in their life. Especially for something like engineering, the most they have done (if their school even offers it, is take engineering classes). I think you'll be able if you come in with no knowledge at all. Although it really wouldn't hurt to use CodeAcademy over the summer. It's really helpful and it's not too hard either!
  • somebody2015somebody2015 Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    How are class sizes for intro classes; especially for those in the biology and economics majors? How do class sizes and individual teacher attention change as you progress through your major?
  • polarbearypolarbeary Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    In general, class sizes are larger in the introduction classes, which makes sense. As you get into the more specialized classes for your major, size gets smaller. I would say, unless you're in things like art classes where individual attention might be needed, you're hardly ever find individual attention unless you go and search for it during office hours.
  • AzureUmbreon11AzureUmbreon11 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi! I'm in love with RPI's GSAS program and it is one of my top two schools. However, I'm concerned about Troy. Every other school that I applied to (quite literally EVERY OTHER SCHOOL) was in a big city, and it was my dream to be some place big. I myself am from Upstate New York and I'm worried that Troy will be just like home and that I won't be able to do much exploring outside of campus. It's not really the cold I'm concerned about (I'm nearly immune now), but more of the overall vibe. Is it really this soul-sucking greyness that I've heard rumors about?
  • rhandcorhandco Registered User Posts: 4,290 Senior Member
    Troy is not like upstate NY in my mind (if you are talking Rochester, Syracuse), but YMMV. It is near Albany which isn't "BIG" but is pretty big. Also about 2 hours from NYC, no offense to Buffalo, but...

    Look at the NRB program: http://www.rpi.edu/admission/guide/nrb.html

    Noting your other school from your previous posts, I'm not feeling P'burgh is really a "BIG" city in any positive sense (we drove around a good bit when we visited that other school, hours within and around the town). But if you would be miserable to be so close to home, ditch RPI (sorry folks!).

    CMU has a better overall rep, but RPI is probably more comfortable than CMU for really geeky people. But thought RPI students seemed friendlier than CMU students (except my son's friend who was a CMU freshman and seemed very pleased to see him!).

    I felt P'burgh was nice in terms of some of the elements, but the CMU campus turned me off big time and felt very inner city and dirty. Pitt was a huge presence in P'burgh too, and seemed very "check cashing" / "pawn shoppy". Just my experience.

    We did not have the feeling that RPI was "overrun with frat d-b's". They only have D3 sports except for hockey and Greek presence was minimal the times we visited. The frat houses we saw were on the campus fringes or off-campus (where I went to school, many were on campus even in the middle of buildings we took classes in, not just by the dorms). There are definitely some d-b's there, it's a 70% male campus, from what we saw on the Accepted Students Day.

    So, I'd say pro-RPI, for you:
    - near enough to NYC to visit occasionally, and that is a BIG CITY with amazing resources
    - IMHO, less upstate NY (read: working class, if that's what you are implying) than P'burgh - P'burgh (I just realized - no, not Plattsburgh!) is very working class from our experience. Like, fried cheese curds, homeless, blight (beautiful to look at from the top of the inclines though)
    - better video game program from what people say - CMU only has a "concentration" which sounds relatively new, RPI actually has a BS

    But if you want to leave upstate NY, the Albany area is technically upstate NY, so don't make yourself miserable every day by feeling like you never left HS.

    (I have to ask - you picked two places pretty similar to upstate NY - why not Florida or California?)

  • AzureUmbreon11AzureUmbreon11 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    No place in Florida with a good program, and California is too far for my mother lol. All of the other schools I applied to were either in Boston or New York, and to be honest I definitely liked Pittsburgh well enough to call it a city (especially compared to Troy)

    Thank you so much for your awesome response! I will take all of that to heart! (PS, I am starting to lean more RPI) :)
  • krnBostonkrnBoston Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    I just visited Troy this week, and lived in Pittsburgh (as a grad student at CMU) for a few years and I have to disagree about the differences between the cities. In some ways, Troy reminded me of Pittsburgh in terms of age, and architecture. But Pittsburgh is a MUCH bigger city with much more to do than Albany. And from what I've heard, it's improved a lot in the recent years. It feels like a city. And the neighborhood CMU is in is lovely - Schenley Park on one side, Shadyside on the other, and yes, Oakland with Pitt - which is definitely a bit grittier, on another. And CMU is full of geeky people.

    I don't know which school is better for you or what you want to study, but Pittsburgh is a far bigger, nicer city than Troy. Troy is definitely a small town - not a city.
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