Parent & Family Programs


       Welcome to Rensselaer!

Dear Parents, Family Members and Friends:

On behalf of the entire Institution, welcome to the Rensselaer family! We are delighted that you and your student have chosen Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  A strong partnership between the Institution and our students’ family members enhances and strengthens opportunities, giving all of our students the knowledge they need to succeed both in the classroom and beyond campus.

As your student(s) continue to grow and flourish, your support and encouragement will be essential to their success.  We know the joys and challenges of sending a student off to college.  That is why we welcome and encourage your involvement in their Rensselaer experience.  The Institution’s Parent & Family Programs office will be work to support you.  Through programs, communications, and other resources, Parent & Family Programs is your connection to the Institution.

Rensselaer has never been stronger.  Our faculty are superb teachers, mentors, accomplished scholars and researchers.  Our academic programs are among the most highly regarded in the country. Nothing compares with our pride in our great students as they fulfill their promise and potential at Rensselaer. Parent & Family programs is committed to engaging parents and families as key stakeholders in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute through enhanced communications, involvement in programming, and leadership and support of Institute Advancement initiatives.  We serve as a one-stop shop for support, information, and assistance in problem solving for parents, families, and students.  We consider parents and families to be essential to not only the success of your student, but also the success of our university as a whole.  We believe that through strong partnerships with families, Rensselaer can serve as a conduit for a student’s future success.  We welcome you and your student to the Rensselaer family!




The Parents of Rensselaer bi-weekly e-newsletter, is designed to give you timely information that you need to know and that your student might forget to tell you.  You’ll see articles that keep you updated on the happenings at Rensselaer, give you information about what’s affecting your student’s life, and let you know important dates and deadlines.  The newsletter is automatically sent to any parent email address provided during the admission process.  If you have not been recieving our communications, but would like to, please request to be added, using this link
*** Please do not request to be added until your student is enrolled at classes at Rensselaer. 

The Rensselaer Annual Fund gives parents the opportunity to participate in the success of all Rensselaer students and in the entire university. When families—whether it is parents, grandparents, or other family members—make a gift in support of students, the impact of these gifts can be felt throughout our campus. You are part of a community of people not only committed to the success of your student, but to all students, and to Rensselaer.


Rensselaer aims to provide parents with a seamless connection to the Institute.  This idea is promoted through the cooperative efforts of many distinct departments on campus.  To achieve that mission, staffing for Parent & Family Programs is provided jointly by the First-Year Experience Office and Student Success.  These efforts allow Rensselaer to best meet the needs of our diverse student body.


Contact Us

Parent and Family Programs
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St, Troy NY 12180
Phone: 518-276-6864