Summer Here

Rising juniors attend a full summer semester, The Arch, between their sophomore and junior years.

While attending the on-campus academic summer semester at Rensselaer, students will receive focused attention from faculty and student life staff during this pivotal point in their educational career. They will also have the opportunity to take advantage of unique cultural, environmental, and professional experiences only available in this region during the summer.


The Benefits

  • Summer class sizes will be smaller, especially during the pilot years. 
  • Opportunities available to get to know faculty better, a plus when it comes to networking for future opportunities.
  • Access to many campus facilities, including the following:
  • Experience Rensselaer in the summer with curated performances, community lunches, trips to shows, natural wonders and more!

Curriculum Planning

Each school has provided information and curriculum templates to assist students in planning their academic courses for the summer. 

School of Engineering

Plan of Study (excel document: download and save the file. Please be sure you are on the "Introduction Sheet" of this document to view instructions.)

Curriculum Templates (PDF format for review purposes)

Lally School of Management

Plan of Study (excel document: download and save the file)

Curriculum Templates (PDF format for review purposes)

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Summer Fun

Students will experience Rensselaer like never before! They'll awash in the summer sun, see the region come alive with curated performances and participate in community lunches, trips to shows, natural wonders and more! The Arch is also bookended by exciting campus-wide celebrations and chock full of events and opportunities every week. 

  • Staying for the 4th?
    Join us in Boston as we take in the Boston Pops and fireworks. 
  • Want to dine with faculty?
    We’ve got you covered. 
  • Interested in learning a new sport you can take with you after you graduate?
    Learn to play golf or even cricket! 
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Field Trips

During The Arch, classes will go on field trips to visit local companies and attend lectures from practicing experts.

  • Students will see how wind turbines, medical devices or chips are made. 
  • Visit Sikorsky's helicopter manufacturing or even go to the studio of a world-renowned artist! 
  • There will also be trips to the Adirondacks and local cultural venues.
  • Special meals with faculty, and opportunities to meet with members of Rensselaer's cabinet.
  • Pop-Up courses on everything from "How to write a patent" to "Learning to play the Sitar."

Have ideas for a Summer Program? Email us at


Pop-Up Courses

This is a great opportunity for students to participate with faculty and peers through unique and fun courses. Below are a few examples:

CAD to 3-D Printing

This pop-up class will focus on giving students the opportunity to translate Computer Aided Designs (CAD) into 3-D Prints while acquiring the knowledge essential to producing prototypes to evaluate form, function, and fit features of proposed designs. The skills gained from this class will further serve them as future engineers and designers.

Inventor’s Nightmare

During this 4-hour event, spread over 2 days, students will be given a real life situation of an inventor having nightmares about their innovation gone awry. Through fun learning, practicing ideation and utilizing innovation tools to get innate creative juices flowing, students will have the opportunity to develop an innovation to help get the inventor out of their quagmire.

Introduction to Microfluidics Technology

Microfluidics is the science and technology to precisely control and manipulate nano- or pico- liter volume of fluid to accomplish a biological or chemical purpose.

Microfluidic aims at miniaturizing the capabilities of a regular diagnostic or analytical laboratory on a chip. This miniaturization enhances reactivity, reduces cost and time, enables automation and parallelization, and provide a more accurate model of the physiological environment. Examples of microfluidic-based devices include, but not limited to, Micro-total analytical systems (µ-TAS) to enhance chemical synthesis, lab-on-a-chip (LOC) for medical diagnosis, or a new point-of-care (POC) to enable personalized medicine.

This course will provide a broad view of the microfluidic technology: fluid manipulation methods, relevant microfabrication, and applications (mainly in the biomedical field).

Space in the Movies

Gravity. Interstellar. The Martian. Wall-E. Ever watched any of these movies and wondered about their scientific accuracy? Join us for an in-depth analysis of some of your favorite space movies.


Campus Living

The Arch is a re-centering of the on-campus experience. It is an opportunity for students to build and rebuild relationships throughout all academic areas while preparing them to go back out into the world. Exciting activities are planned for students to reach these goals that are only available during the summer. They include:


In support of CLASS, all students participating in The Arch will live on campus for a summer living and learning experience. All residence halls and classes for The Arch students will be air conditioned.

Summer 2018

Students electing to participate in The Arch 2018 summer program will live in the remodeled section of the Quad, specifically, Buck, Caldwell, Church I, Hunt I, Hunt III, Macdonald, and White stacks II-IV, as well as the first and second floors of Roebling, Hunt II and White I.

January 22- February 2: Housing Application Open

Housing application open in StarRez: Students who are opted into The Arch will be able to log into the StarRez Housing Portal and fill out their "Summer Here" housing application. During this time students will sign the Residential Commons Agreement, select their meal plan, and input roommate preferences.

February 5-7: Current Quad Residents Confirmed

Confirmation emails sent to Spring 2018 Quad residents participating in The Arch 2018 Students who currently live in Buck, Caldwell, Church I, Cooper, Hunt I, Hunt III, MacDonald, White II-IV, as well as the first and second floors of Roebling, Hunt II, and White I during the Spring of 2018 will stay in their assigned room until the completion of the summer semester.* The Office of Student Living and Learning will send confirmation emails to these students (as well as their selected roommates if applicable), with their room assignment.

*Subject to change based on space availability/participant numbers

February 7: Housing Start Times Sent Out

Housing selection start times sent to Arch Students not living in Quad during Spring 2018. At around 4:00pm on February 6, 2018 the Office of Student Living and Learning will send out start times to those Arch students who are not living in the Quad during Spring 2018. These emails will be sent to your RPI email address The start time will indicate when students can log back into the StarRez Housing Portal and select an available room. Start times will be generated randomly for the Arch participants. Students can log in at any point after their start time to select housing.

February 8-9: Housing Selection for Arch Students

Housing selection: The first start time will begin at 9:00am on February 7, 2018 and the final start time will be at 4:00pm on February 8, 2018

February 12: Housing Selection Deadline

Students who have received timeslots for housing selection should have their room selected by this date. A reminder email will be sent out to all those that have not selected housing.

Students who register for The Arch after Housing Selection has been completed in February, can still register to live on campus. Please email Michael Sitterley or call (518) 276-6284 for housing assistance.


An innovative dining experience will bring students, faculty, and staff together to engage in academic conversations and share life experiences.

Rensselaer Union:
Mon-Fri: 8am-9pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-9pm
Mon - Fri: 7:30am-9am
Sat-Sun: 8-9:30am
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-8pm
McNeil Room
Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-1pm
Father's Market
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
Mon-Sun: 5pm-6:30pm
Rensselaer Union and Athletic Facilities

The Rensselaer Union will also expand the capacity of existing summer programs and services. This includes, but is not limited to, intramurals, fitness classes, movies, food festivals, and promotion of area summer festivals and destinations.  All athletic facilities are open during the summer.  The scheduled hours are listed below.

Fitness (Summer Hours)

Mueller Center
Robison Pool
Robison Gym
'87 Gym


Mon-Thurs: 7am-8pm
Fri: 7am-7pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm

*Hours begin 5/22

Mon-Fri: 12:00pm – 2:00 pm & 4:00pm - 6:00pm

*May expand to include evening hours

Mon-Fri: 9am-6:30pm
Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm

Mon-Thurs: 7am-7pm
Fri: 7am-5pm


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Visit our FAQ's.


Tuition, Dining & Housing Costs

Tuition for the The Arch Summer Semester is the same as the tuition for the Fall and Spring Semester.  New costs are announced in late March.

In the summer of 2017 tuition was $25,500.
Dining Costs Options for Summer 2017 were:

  • 21 Meal Plan: $2460/term
  • 19 Meal Plan: $2270/term
  • 15 Meal Plan: $1895/term
  • 10 Meal Plan: $1260/term
  • Create Your Own or CYO Meal Plan: $1190/term

Housing Cost Options for 2017 were:

  • Single:  $3,700
  • Double:  $3,220
  • Triple:  $2,740

Fees in Summer 2017 were:

  • Health Center Fee: $309.00
  • Student Activity Fee: $343.50
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The Arch Calendar

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Student Testimonials

How Students Feel About Their Summer Here

"The Arch is quite different from the regular semesters and the teacher interaction is much better. I also enjoy having some online assignments which gives 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 perspective employers in a more intimate setting than a career fair."
— David Kyslinger19, Chemical Engineering