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 – Johnson Engineering Center, 3rd Floor, Ansell Lounge
- School of Humanities Arts and Social Science – Sage Building 4307
- The Lally School – Pittsburgh Building, 3200
- School of Science – Science Center, 1C12
Students in the class of 2021 and beyond can view their recommended curriculum and timeline for completion by visting the Rensselaer Catalog associated with the year they entered Rensselaer and their major.
Students from the class of 2020 that participated in the 2018 Summer Semester Pilot of The Arch can find their required curriculum and timeline for completion in template form below. Students should consult their plan of study and their faculty advisor to ensure on-time degree completion.
The templates for each major are shown below for your information. Please review them and your current course status, but fill out the form found here.
Curriculum Templates (PDF format for review purposes)
- Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical & Biological Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Computer & Systems Engineering
- Industrial & Management Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
Curriculum Templates (PDF format for review purposes)
- EART Animation and Algorithmic Art Focus
- EART Do It Yourself Focus
- EART Integrated Visual Arts Focus
- EART Sonic Arts Focus
- EART Video Performance and Social Practice Focus
- EMAC Digital Storytelling Concentration
- EMAC Graphic Design Concentration
- EMAC Interaction Design Concentration
- EMAC Marketing Communication and Design Concentration
- EMAC Multisensory Data Design Concentration
- EMAC Sound Design and Popular Culture Concentration
- GSAS Cognitive Science Concentration
- GSAS Computer Science Concentration
- GSAS EART Concentration
- GSAS HCI Concentration
- GSAS MGMT Concentration
- GSAS Music Concentration
- GSAS WRIT Concentration
Below are pdfs of the templates for each major. Please use this to determine which courses are most appropriate for this summer and then fill out the form you can find here.
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.
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.
Students will live in North Hall, Sharp 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.
The Rensselaer Union will also expand the capacity of existing summer programs and services.
- Fitness classes
- 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 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
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