Summer Here

Pandemic Planning Update - The Arch summer term 2021 will continue as scheduled. Information will be forthcoming regarding the on-campus experience, in addition to addressing inquiries related to the inability to return to campus this summer.  As of March 8, 2021 - Arch summer term registration is open. 

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 visiting 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 2021 by visiting this link.


    Fireside Chats (Arch Academic Enrichment)

    Fireside Chats

    Throughout the 2020 summer semester, faculty presented their research to students during The Arch Fireside Chat series, an open platform for students to engage with esteemed faculty on important topics, including current research and a host of methodological practices and perspectives. The chats were intended to inform and engage students toward deeper questioning leading to an interest and better understanding of research opportunities. 

    “The fireside chats were a unique opportunity for the Rensselaer community to engage with faculty. I have personally learned more about the amazing research conducted by our faculty. From the dynamics of panic buying during the pandemic to the presence of artificial intelligence featured in movies, I continue to be enlightened. I am confident that the students who have taken advantage of this opportunity have been enriched as well,” said Tiffany Powell, director of The Arch Academic Programs. Learn more about about these academic enrichment sessions HERE.















    Pop Up Courses (Arch Academic Enrichment)


    Description: These virtual "short" courses are designed to build on current Arch summer term offerings. Courses can range from Financial Literacy to Python Programming. All courses are taught by RPI faculty (or guest lecturers). The listing for these courses will continue to populate throughout the summer term. So if you do not see something of interst to you now, check back, as there will be others added. Students can sign up for as many as desired, keeping in mind that faculty plan for a particular number of participants. 

    When: The session dates and topics. You can sign up for one or more.  

    Time: Varies

    Contact:  Office of Undergraduate Education

    *Participants will be contacted prior to the session date and provided with the appropriate log on information. *

    Sign Up for Courses

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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.


    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