The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is home to more than 145 different educational programs -- Nuclear Engineering is only one of them -- with over 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. For additional information, please visit the pages for Student Life, Quick Facts and Figures, and the Welcome to Rensselaer.

We’re extremely proud of our students and their accomplishments make our program great... but don’t take our word for it! Read some of our Student Bios today to hear what they have to say about the Nuclear Program.

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To provide prospective students a view of our curriculum, we have made available our course listing and course descriptions for all courses offered in the Nuclear Engineering Program. We have broken down our course listing into undergraduate and graduate offerings below. Sample schedules are also provided and will be updated from time to time to reflect changes in curriculum and graduation requirements.


If you dream about changing the world, Rensselaer is the ideal place to begin your journey and the Nuclear Engineering Program would like to see your application. Whether you are a high school student considering RPI for undergraduate work or a graduate looking to complete a masters or doctorate in Nuclear Engineering, please use the link below to get started today!


Students at the RCF

The student population in the NE Program at Rensselaer is distinctive; the students individually and collectively are highly motivated, capable, hardworking and dedicated, reflecting the qualities of engineering students accepted to Rensselaer in general. Recent admissions data for Fall 2007 suggest that the incoming freshman class in the MANE Department has one of the highest average SAT scores and average high school rankings in the School of Engineering.

Graduate students at the LINAC First-year students are admitted to Rensselaer by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on performance on standardized tests and their high school programs. Students admitted to Engineering may choose to major in any branch of engineering. Although students indicate their preferences at the time of admission, they are not required to designate a major until the third semester. Undergraduate student enrollment data is shown in Section IIN. Similar to the national trend, the enrollment in our NE program has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Like most educational institutions, homework assignments, examinations, presentations, and written reports are evaluated by the faculty teaching the courses. In addition, especially in the design courses, additional NE faculty and industrial consultants also provide supplemental reviews. For example, in the two-semester Capstone Design course, several NE faculty members supervise the projects throughout the year and attend the final presentations given by the student design teams. The students are evaluated by a team of NE faculty in several important aspects of the design course.