Summer Here

During the summer, The Arch allows students to experience Rensselaer in a unique academic environment. As the only full class on campus, rising juniors have increased access to:

  • Faculty and staff in specialized classes
  • Workshops
  • Events
  • World-class facilities such as the Lighting Research Center, Microelectronics Clean Room, and Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory

Curriculum Planning

Advising HUB Locations

Students can view their recommended curriculum and timeline for completion by visting the Rensselaer Catalog associated with the year they entered Rensselaer and their major.

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    Summer Term Course Listings

    You may view a summer course offerings for summer 2019 by visiting this link.

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    Academic Field Trips


    • The Arch Design Studio - Ecovative, Green Island 

    Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 

    • The Melting Pot of Cultures - The Tenement Museum, NYC 
    • Your Brain on Aerial Yoga - Good Karma Studio, Albany, NY 
    • Exploring Light, Color, and Space - MASS MOCA, MA 
    • Radix Ecological Education Center - Albany, NY 
    • Introduction to Historical Simulations - Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy, NY 
    • Environmental Economics - Battenkill Creek, Arlington, VT 
    • Soul Fire Farm Community Day - Petersburg, NY

    School of Engineering 

    • GE Plant Visit - Schenectady, NY 
    • Corning Museum of Glass - Corning, NY 

    School of Science 

    • Park Nanoscience Center - SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, NY 
    • New Technology to Understand a Changing World - Lake George, NY 

    Note: For more information on academic field trips, contact the school indicated.


    Pop-Up Courses

    Pop-up courses are a great opportunity for students and faculty to engage in discussion on a diversity of topics in unique and fun settings.

    July 8
    Introduction to Design Thinking for Non-Designers (and Designers!) 

    July 16
    Introduction to Blockchain Enabled Supply Chains 

    July 22

    The Art of Logic

    July 29
    The Seven Deadly Risks of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity - Part I 

    July 29-30

    Two Part Pop-Up Course: Better Metal Forming by Linking Experiment, Modeling, and Process Control

    August 5
    The Seven Deadly Risks of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity - Part II

    For details and to register online, visit

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    Career Development Workshops

    May 29
    Semester Away Search Plan 

    June 19
    Semester Away Resources 

    July 10
    Virtual Career Fair 

    July 10
    LinkedIn Lab 

    July 24
    Resume Critiques 

    August 7
    Career Fair Prep 

    Dates Vary
    Career Communities 

    To learn more, visit the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).

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    Co-Curricular Activities

    May 22
    Student Success Lab Series (Occurs Every Wednesday) 

    June 3
    Summer Intramurals (Through August 16) 

    June 12
    Berry Picking 

    June 15
    Whitewater Rafting 

    June 26
    Stress Relief Day & Therapy Dogs 

    June 30
    Saratoga Jazz Festival 

    July 10
    Goat Yoga 

    July 11
    Imposter Syndrome 

    July 15
    The S Word 

    July 17
    NYC Ballet 

    July 20

    July 31
    Stand-Up Paddleboarding Yoga 

    August 3
    Guided Hiking Tour 

    August 7
    River Tubing 

    August 14
    Stress Relief Day & Therapy Dogs

    To learn more and for additional co-curricular activities, visit the Student Union Facebook Page.


    Campus Living

    The Arch re-centers the on-campus experience offering unique opportunities during the summer for students to build and rebuild relationships throughout all academic areas while preparing them to go back out into the world.


    In support of CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students), all students participating in The Arch are required live on campus for a summer living and learning experience. All residence halls and classes during the summer semester will be air-conditioned.

    Summer Semester

    Students will live in North Hall, E-Complex, Blitman Commons, Quad, Stacwyck Apartments, and Colonie A-D. If your on-campus housing arrangements are incomplete, please email Student Living and Learning or call 518-276-6284.


    An innovative dining experience will bring students, faculty, and staff together to engage in academic conversations and share life experiences. Summer dining options and hours of operation can be found here.


    Rensselaer Union and Athletic Facilities

    The Rensselaer Union will also expand the capacity of existing summer programs and services.

    • Intramurals
    • Fitness classes
    • Movies
    • Food festivals
    • Promotion of summer festivals/destinations

    Fitness - 2019 Summer Hours To Be Announced
    (All athletic facilities are open during the summer)

    Sign-ups for summer intramural leagues will begin late April through mid-May with leagues starting June 5th running through approximately August 17th. Tentative offerings include soccer, softball, basketball, drop-In running club, and sand volleyball.


    Tuition, Dining, and Housing Fees

    Summer Tuition
    Tuition for The Arch summer semester is the same as the fall and spring semester. Current fees can be found here.
    Dining Costs and Options
    There are a variety of meal plans available to students in the summer including the Create Your Own (CYO) plan. Current summer plans and fees can be found here.

    Housing Costs and Options
    Summer housing consists of single, double, and triple rooms. Current rates can be found here.

    Health Center and Student Activity Fee information can be found here.

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    Student Testimonials

    Summer Here Testimonials

    "The Arch is quite different from the regular semesters and the teacher interaction is much better. I also enjoy having some online assignments which give me more flexibility."
    — Haotong Shen19, Business Management

    "I really enjoy the class sizes in my BME courses this summer. I also have enjoyed the relationships I’ve built with students in my cohort."
    — Jennifer Makarevich19, Biomedical Engineering

    "I’m visiting downtown Troy a lot, making solid Arch connections and enjoy the cohort affinity."
    — Snehansh Pabba19, Biomedical Engineering

    "I am having a great time at the CCPD networking event. It is a very intimate setting that allows me to talk to potential employers on a more personal note."
    — Nathan Hontoria19, Environmental Engineering

    "Great experience so far with my BME course, I hang out with my classmates outside of class a lot more and the overall summer atmosphere seems more relaxing."
    — Cindy Leyva19, Biomedical Engineering 

    "My experience at the CCPD networking event has been great! I've had the chance to meet one-on-one with prospective employers in a more intimate setting than a career fair."
    — David Kyslinger19, Chemical Engineering