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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    Field Trips

    Built on the cultural riches of New York’s Capital Region, The Arch provides students access to a wide array of activities including recreational programming in the Adirondacks, local festivals and events, as well as field trips to visit local companies and attend lectures from practicing experts. Off-campus trips and visits for summer 2019 will be made available at the close of the 2019 spring semester.


    Pop-Up Courses

    Pop- up courses are a great opportunity for students and faculty to engage in discusson on a diversity of topics in unique and fun settings. To see a list of courses offered in summer 2018, click here: 2018 Arch Summer Semester Pop-Up Courses.


    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 varierty 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 are posted 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