Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Rankings

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 112th in the United States, 293rd in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 100 across 15 research topics. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 35,120 academic publications and 1,438,571 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 194 notable alumni.

Ranking Category
#293 of 14,131 In the World
#129 of 2,597 In North America
#112 of 2,496 In the United States
#8 of 221 In New York State
#1 of 2 In Troy
#32 of 1,014 For Product and Industrial Design
#43 of 1,095 For Applied/Engineering Physics
#57 of 1,023 For Technical Drawing
#499 of 7,446 For Alumni Impact
#234 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top100 For 12 other topics

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Engineering rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 44th for Engineering in the United States and 125th in the World with 14,860 publications made and 559,956 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Automation and Control engineering, Nanotechnology, Electronic Engineering.

Engineering ranking Location
#44 of 756 In the United States
#49 of 818 In North America
#125 of 4,624 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Engineering publications Engineering citations
1991 307 333
1992 234 126
1993 187 166
1994 227 264
1995 170 179
1996 252 253
1997 262 418
1998 290 509
1999 287 728
2000 280 711
2001 316 777
2002 391 1456
2003 428 1621
2004 464 1426
2005 511 2134
2006 490 1811
2007 501 1432
2008 505 1342
2009 484 1538
2010 567 1546
2011 516 2273
2012 484 1594
2013 534 1472
2014 546 2651
2015 500 1734
2016 526 1607
2017 404 1256
2018 403 1131
2019 404 856
2020 384 664
2021 316 171

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Engineering.

Engineering subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Product and Industrial Design 15 15 32
Applied/Engineering Physics 23 23 43
Technical Drawing 24 26 57
Aerospace Engineering 34 34 57
Electrical Engineering 31 33 73
Automation and Control engineering 28 34 84
Optical Engineering 37 38 91
Transportation Engineering 38 44 95
Architectural Engineering 17 19 99
Materials Science 32 33 102
Robotics 36 40 112
Electronic Engineering 41 49 115
Biomedical Engineering 65 70 121
Engineering Management 53 59 132
Nanotechnology 49 52 132
Computer Engineering 59 64 133
Nuclear Engineering 37 43 135
Mechanical Engineering 35 39 137
Operations Research 46 56 139
Computer Networking 61 69 140
Reliability and Quality Engineering 51 58 145
Aviation 72 79 166
Acoustical Engineering 61 67 167
Industrial Engineering 48 57 167
Automotive Engineering 38 46 172
Human-Computer Interaction 66 78 173
Geotechnical Engineering 44 57 183
Chemical Engineering 45 51 187
Architecture 56 65 195
Metallurgical Engineering 43 51 209
Structural Engineering 53 64 213
Systems Engineering 63 76 249
Construction Management 67 81 250
Marine Engineering 63 76 253
Telecommunications 73 89 256
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 75 86 256
Mining Engineering 39 54 257
Civil Engineering 58 70 291
Biochemical Engineering 70 82 296
Renewable Energy Engineering 72 88 336
Remote Sensing 153 179 519
Environmental Engineering 114 141 586
Petroleum Engineering 136 158 601
Biotechnology 127 148 668
Firefighting and Fire Science 179 211 885

Physics rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 52nd for Physics in the United States and 137th in the World with 11,637 publications made and 528,564 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic and Molecular physics.

Physics ranking Location
#52 of 721 In the United States
#57 of 781 In North America
#137 of 4,082 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Physics publications Physics citations
1991 194 209
1992 169 131
1993 124 145
1994 161 151
1995 120 141
1996 188 181
1997 213 402
1998 234 460
1999 222 722
2000 221 811
2001 246 798
2002 278 1413
2003 288 1238
2004 357 1009
2005 392 1770
2006 419 1808
2007 394 1458
2008 383 1630
2009 398 1970
2010 425 1277
2011 380 1934
2012 379 1731
2013 437 1559
2014 454 2609
2015 424 1985
2016 437 1723
2017 319 1417
2018 343 1286
2019 325 896
2020 321 659
2021 253 156

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Physics.

Physics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Applied/Engineering Physics 23 23 43
Astrobiology 35 36 57
Optical Engineering 37 38 91
Materials Science 32 33 102
Nanotechnology 49 52 132
Medical Physics 80 89 164
Acoustical Engineering 61 67 167
Condensed Matter Physics 61 66 187
Biophysics 95 103 207
Nuclear Physics 69 78 223
Astrophysics and Astronomy 90 101 245
Atomic and Molecular physics 80 91 258
Quantum and Particle physics 101 115 418
Theoretical Physics 135 159 721

Chemistry rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 60th for Chemistry in the United States and 179th in the World with 10,431 publications made and 456,474 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry.

Chemistry ranking Location
#60 of 717 In the United States
#66 of 778 In North America
#179 of 4,317 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Chemistry publications Chemistry citations
1991 177 229
1992 157 76
1993 126 160
1994 159 220
1995 103 116
1996 188 252
1997 170 289
1998 186 411
1999 211 707
2000 185 577
2001 195 603
2002 255 1176
2003 276 1093
2004 301 919
2005 316 1406
2006 337 1208
2007 336 1089
2008 310 1085
2009 316 1219
2010 350 1201
2011 352 1870
2012 330 1358
2013 377 1327
2014 388 2467
2015 368 1633
2016 385 1533
2017 301 1189
2018 284 895
2019 289 895
2020 296 664
2021 239 164

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Chemistry.

Chemistry subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Materials Science 32 33 102
Nanotechnology 49 52 132
Petrology and Geochemistry 54 67 171
Chemical Engineering 45 51 187
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 75 86 256
Physical chemistry 69 81 259
Biochemical Engineering 70 82 296
Organic Chemistry 79 89 298
Computational Chemistry 100 112 351
Radiochemistry 54 63 354
Inorganic Chemistry 106 121 485
Biochemistry 141 160 485
Environmental Chemistry 145 173 661
Pharmacy 149 170 668

Computer Science rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 72nd for Computer Science in the United States and 177th in the World with 5,684 publications made and 211,268 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Vision, Blockchain and Cryptography, Computer Networking, Machine Learning.

Computer Science ranking Location
#72 of 858 In the United States
#84 of 927 In North America
#177 of 4,392 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Computer Science publications Computer Science citations
1991 110 71
1992 64 31
1993 59 56
1994 62 93
1995 58 48
1996 89 82
1997 87 95
1998 90 208
1999 78 260
2000 121 321
2001 120 270
2002 123 282
2003 198 1306
2004 186 885
2005 190 662
2006 209 802
2007 199 801
2008 242 640
2009 238 662
2010 223 760
2011 225 600
2012 181 363
2013 214 520
2014 249 640
2015 234 727
2016 233 618
2017 190 769
2018 206 737
2019 266 720
2020 273 521
2021 226 132

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Computer Science.

Computer Science subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
UX/UI Desgin 23 26 40
Information Technology 45 50 84
Computer Vision 37 41 95
Robotics 36 40 112
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 47 54 119
Computer Graphics 56 64 128
Computer Engineering 59 64 133
Computer Networking 61 69 140
Data Science 64 73 145
Database Administration 67 74 145
Blockchain and Cryptography 64 70 145
Machine Learning 58 66 150
Management Information Systems 54 64 160
Web Design and Development 56 69 161
Human-Computer Interaction 66 78 173
Animation 82 93 242
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 99 110 251
Multimedia 87 100 252
Telecommunications 73 89 256
Computational Linguistics 79 94 261
Cognitive Science 123 142 310
Game Design and Development 95 115 314
Software Engineering 95 113 327
Cyber Security 123 142 388
Library and Information science 167 192 457
Neuroscience 166 188 505

Biology rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 141st for Biology in the United States and 489th in the World with 3,471 publications made and 222,022 citations received. Main research topics: Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology, Bioinformatics and Computational biology.

Biology ranking Location
#141 of 867 In the United States
#159 of 932 In North America
#489 of 4,496 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Biology publications Biology citations
1991 39 112
1992 28 44
1993 31 68
1994 25 34
1995 21 41
1996 34 67
1997 42 129
1998 33 142
1999 39 281
2000 34 329
2001 35 272
2002 63 304
2003 71 1001
2004 77 480
2005 77 391
2006 119 494
2007 110 755
2008 129 602
2009 111 640
2010 137 659
2011 146 1080
2012 146 893
2013 182 952
2014 203 1494
2015 213 1448
2016 163 965
2017 165 822
2018 115 341
2019 116 245
2020 153 397
2021 115 133

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Biology.

Biology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Astrobiology 35 36 57
Nanotechnology 49 52 132
Biophysics 95 103 207
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 99 110 251
Biochemistry 141 160 485
Neuroscience 166 188 505
Paleontology 153 182 547
Virology 164 183 585
Pharmacology 151 168 646
Biotechnology 127 148 668
Genetics 205 229 776
Molecular Biology 201 225 788
Immunology 188 205 803
Microbiology 186 207 824
Oncology and Cancer research 219 242 976
Botany 163 195 1060
Agricultural Science 168 199 1078

Business rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 107th for Business in the United States and 269th in the World with 1,865 publications made and 107,172 citations received. Main research topics: Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Research, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Project Management.

Business ranking Location
#107 of 834 In the United States
#123 of 900 In North America
#269 of 4,001 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Business Publications & Citations

Year Business publications Business citations
1991 25 55
1992 18 9
1993 12 12
1994 12 10
1995 16 35
1996 29 91
1997 28 26
1998 38 182
1999 32 109
2000 55 105
2001 53 143
2002 42 241
2003 77 383
2004 72 441
2005 75 597
2006 79 682
2007 84 468
2008 76 480
2009 97 447
2010 76 298
2011 72 266
2012 85 244
2013 89 277
2014 69 203
2015 81 347
2016 81 184
2017 55 178
2018 44 57
2019 42 74
2020 56 52
2021 40 30

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Business.

Business subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Entrepreneurship 22 24 44
Engineering Management 53 59 132
Operations Research 46 56 139
Management Information Systems 54 64 160
Project Management 58 68 164
Supply Chain Management 55 67 197
Management 83 96 202
Risk Management 74 88 204
Marketing 87 98 206
Construction Management 67 81 250
Investment Banking and Stock trading 98 111 262
Tax Law 124 142 303
Finance 131 149 345
Accounting 133 151 345
Actuarial Science 175 197 494
Public Policy / Administration 188 215 507
Occupational Safety and Health 215 243 545
Human Resource Management 175 201 556
International Business 164 190 591
International Trade 165 194 637
Advertising 223 253 644
Entertainment Industry Business 214 240 673

Mathematics rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 102nd for Mathematics in the United States and 267th in the World with 1,654 publications made and 47,382 citations received. Main research topics: Blockchain and Cryptography, Applied Mathematics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Operations Research, Statistics.

Mathematics ranking Location
#102 of 684 In the United States
#120 of 744 In North America
#267 of 3,376 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Mathematics publications Mathematics citations
1991 40 65
1992 30 11
1993 10 13
1994 18 36
1995 19 35
1996 32 28
1997 21 17
1998 27 36
1999 22 16
2000 30 44
2001 35 37
2002 28 44
2003 64 204
2004 43 241
2005 73 228
2006 68 137
2007 64 110
2008 62 173
2009 44 111
2010 59 90
2011 62 175
2012 52 212
2013 56 133
2014 55 121
2015 55 73
2016 80 130
2017 65 117
2018 53 77
2019 48 63
2020 63 34
2021 54 72

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Operations Research 46 56 139
Blockchain and Cryptography 64 70 145
Applied Mathematics 62 71 192
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 119 139 376
Actuarial Science 175 197 494
Statistics 164 190 537
Math Teachers 314 344 843

Art & Design rankings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked 77th for Art & Design in the United States and 184th in the World with 782 publications made and 27,403 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, UX/UI Desgin, Computer Graphics, Architecture, Game Design and Development.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

Art & Design ranking Location
#77 of 685 In the United States
#92 of 750 In North America
#184 of 2,700 In the World

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Art & Design publications Art & Design citations
1991 24 5
1992 8 1
1993 5 0
1994 14 1
1995 8 7
1996 22 25
1997 16 9
1998 9 3
1999 12 18
2000 25 34
2001 21 57
2002 25 43
2003 33 724
2004 27 67
2005 21 27
2006 31 57
2007 14 33
2008 24 36
2009 25 5
2010 27 32
2011 21 25
2012 28 57
2013 34 19
2014 23 32
2015 30 38
2016 26 34
2017 23 11
2018 21 9
2019 24 14
2020 25 27
2021 31 11

The following table provides academic rankings for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various areas of Art & Design.

Art & Design subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
UX/UI Desgin 23 26 40
Graphic Design 32 37 53
Computer Graphics 56 64 128
Architecture 56 65 195
Animation 82 93 242
Multimedia 87 100 252
Cinematography 99 116 306
Game Design and Development 95 115 314
Aesthetics 134 158 386
Music 151 175 416
Illustration and Concept Art 122 141 472
Photography 144 166 490
Fashion Design 232 264 638
Entertainment Industry Business 214 240 673
Creative Writing 249 285 713
Art History 310 344 747

Other rankings

Non-core subjects for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Speciality United States North America World Rank
Intellectual Property and Patent Law 69 75 113
Geology 64 76 180
Sonography and Ultrasound 79 90 205
Optometry 78 92 226
Earth science and Geophysics 81 96 258
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 162 185 355
Agricultural Economics 105 122 394
Broadcast Journalism 168 192 399
Communications and Public Relations 167 194 418
Social Psychology 195 222 425
Economics 144 168 454
Journalism and Digital Media 152 172 458
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 164 190 464
Environmental Science 121 146 466
Media Studies 185 215 478
Dentistry 95 108 480
Publishing 169 192 489
Forensic Science 129 150 506
Environmental Economics 95 121 510
Sociology 195 225 528
Anthropology 243 274 569
Audiology 181 208 569
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science 152 180 576
Psychology 228 258 595
Anatomy and Physiology 177 198 596
Radiation Therapy 140 157 597
Demography 191 215 601
Ophthalmology 139 153 606
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 138 154 609
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences 210 238 612
Law Enforcement 259 289 616
Urban and Regional planning 124 149 618
Military science 289 322 626
History 266 296 634
Oceanography 196 229 683
Classics and Ancient History 294 325 701
Anesthesiology 177 198 701
Ecology 202 239 722
Environmental Management 155 191 747
Philosophy 274 309 758
Development Studies 215 249 805
Medicine 210 232 806
Child Psychology 331 371 807
Law 316 348 817
Political Science 272 304 826
Education Majors 347 386 892
Hydrology and Water resources management 194 229 962
Pathology 205 226 962
Radio and Television broadcasting 260 291 986
Geography and Cartography 233 271 1057
Surgery 248 269 1086
Healthcare Management (MHA) 327 365 1124
Health Science 357 392 1130
Physical Therapy 316 354 1174