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
- World-class facilities such as the Lighting Research Center, Microelectronics Clean Room, and Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory
Advising HUB Locations
- School of Architecture – Greene Building
- School of Engineering – Jonsson Engineering Center, 3rd Floor, Ansell Lounge
- School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences – Sage Building 4307
- The Lally School – Pittsburgh Building, 3200
- School of Science – Science Center, 1C12
Students can view their recommended curriculum and timeline for completion by visiting the Rensselaer Catalog associated with the year they entered Rensselaer and their major.
The Center of Gravity creates a centralized immersive experience for academic support, stress relief, and semester away preparation in one singular location. Students have the opportunity to do solo activities, shared/group experiences, and connect with support staff for every endeavor during the summer term. This weekly connectivity space provides students the following:
- Student Support Services
- Private and Group Study Spaces
- Stud Break Activities
- Career Resources/Workshops
- Food Trucks/Fun Food Themes
To view the weekly schedule of events, view The Arch Newsletter and the COG Schedule for details.
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 Shen’19, 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 Makarevich’19, Biomedical Engineering
"I’m visiting downtown Troy a lot, making solid Arch connections and enjoy the cohort affinity."
— Snehansh Pabba’19, 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 Hontoria’19, 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 Leyva’19, 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 Kyslinger’19, Chemical Engineering