OCTOBER 19 - 21, 2017


Dear Colleague:

Rensselaer invites academically talented seniors, who are underrepresented minorities or young women, to apply for the STAR (Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer) Program. The STAR Program allows high school seniors to experience life as a Rensselaer student. They will attend classes, tour campus, visit our laboratories, and connect with current Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.

STAR begins the evening of Thursday, October 19, 2017, with a dinner reception and concludes Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the close of the Fall Open House.

The agenda will include:

  • Interactive leadership activity
  • Academic experience - attend classes
  • Undergraduate research overview and tour of laboratories
  • Campus tour
  • Student panels
  • Student organizations and clubs fair
  • Lodging and meals with current students

Please share this information with your top students. Students may apply online by September 20, 2017 to participate in the STAR Program. A copy of each student's high school transcript is required to complete the STAR application prior to the deadline date of September 20, 2017.

Students accepted to participate in the STAR Program will receive a confirmation email from Rensselaer.

At the end of the event, all participants will receive an official letter confirming their participation in the event. We always encourage the students to show the letter to you and/or an attendance clerk so their absence is recognized as an official college visit.

We have been fortunate in previous years to have a limited number of travel grants available. Considering we have had as many as 200 students participate in recent years, we cannot provide travel grant assistance to every student who applies. The travel grants are awarded based on need as well as merit. Requests for assistance MUST be made on the STAR Program application. With the increase in requests, we will not be able to consider requests after the application decision is made.


Ulysses deArmas: dearmu@rpi.edu, 518-276-6935 

Meghan R. Griggs: griggm2@rpi.edu, 518-276-6218 

Theresa M. Abbott: kellyt4@rpi.edu, 518-276-6150