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Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be expected to take the Arch?

Students in the Class of 2021 will be required to participate in The Arch program in summer 2019. There is an exception process for athletes, ROTC, and a few other select cases.

Will it take more than four years to graduate?

No. With the exception of students in the five-year bachelor of architecture program, matriculation to degree completion is not intended to take more than eight terms at Rensselaer. To accelerate your academic progress, and graduate in fewer than eight semesters, you may take classes elsewhere prior to enrollment at Rensselaer, obtain AP/IB credit from high school, take summer courses in subsequent summers, study abroad during the away semester, or some combination of these options.

Do I have to pay tuition during my Semester Away?

No. The semester away is an opportunity to pursue internships, Co-ops, and collaborative research, as well as athletic, entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and community service activities. This is a good opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable professional experience.

What will I do during my Semester Away?

You can take advantage of numerous co-curricular and experiential activities available off campus, including international experiencesinternshipsCo-opsresearch opportunities, and engagement in community service projects. 

Will I have assistance finding a Co-op or internship?

Students seeking a Co-op or internship experience during their “away” semester will have the full resources of the Center for Career and Professional Development available to assist them in their search.

What if I want to study abroad?

The Semester Away of the Arch provides students the opporunity to pursue international experiences including research, volunteer work or non-affiliated study abroad.

Affiliated exchange opportunities will remain an option during regular semesters.

Additional information can be found at the Office of International Programs website.



Will there be air conditioned residence halls and classrooms for all students during The Arch?

All residence halls and classes for Arch students will be air conditioned.

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