Transitioning back to Rensselaer

Welcome back! We hope your return to Rensselaer goes as smooth as possible. Please review this checklist to help you along the way. Feel free to contact our office if you run into any difficulty or if you have questions.

General Requirements

All readmitted students are asked to attend a virtual orientation. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk to offices from across campus and will make a plan for your successful transition back to campus.

Readmitted students receive an email with a link to the meeting.

International students who want to return in F-1 or J-1 status must connect with International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS) to learn how to apply for their new I-20. 

ISSS | | (518)-276-6821

Submit a ticket request to IT Services and Support Center, including your RIN and RCS ID.

IT Services and Support Center | (518)-276-7777

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Rensselaer's Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is available to all students, faculty and staff and is explicitly utilized to provide a secure connection between off-campus individuals and the RPI campus network, allowing remote connections to secured campus resources.

Please note that as of May 15, 2021, Duo multi-factor authentication is required for off-campus VPN access.

Rensselaer students can access their RPI email via Outlook using their RCS ID and password. 

  • How to configure an email client (Outlook, Mail app, etc.) to manage RPI email.
  • Rensselaer security protocols do not allow the configuration of Gmail with your RPI email.
  • Using a non-RPI email address to conduct Rensselaer work could result in email being mistaken for spam.

Mobile device setup

Your readmission may have conditions, such as providing final transcripts from other institutions, meeting with your Class Dean regularly, or making Health Center or Counseling Center appointments, etc. Be sure to address these promptly.

Log in to SIS and click on the "Personal Information" tab. Update your contact info:

  • local and permanent addresses
  • phone numbers
  • emergency contact
  • RPI Alert

Log in to SIS to view your financial aid and bill. Check your bill to ensure that your financial aid has been applied and your bill accurately reflects your semester charges. Also check for outstanding requirements needed to process your financial aid.

Financial Aid | | (518)-276-6813

Bursar | Ticket Request | (518)-276-6610

Health Services

Log in to the Student Health Portal to check for any requirements.

If you have your own health insurance outside of RPI, submit a health insurance waiver

Student Health Center | | (518)-276-6287

If you were receiving accommodations from Disability Student Services prior to your leave or have a new diagnosis, please contact DSS to update your paperwork.

Disability Student Services | | (518)-276-8197

This is a helpful way to rebuild your on-campus support system.

Counseling Center | | (518)-276-6479

24/7 BHS Services (username: Rensselaer) | (518)-276-8888


If you haven't already, contact your faculty advisor or advising hub to update your academic plan of study. This helps to ensure the classes you are taking are appropriate and will work towards your degree. Once complete, send a copy to and copy your advisor. This will allow you to register for classes once registration is open.

If you missed your originally scheduled Arch summer term and/or away semester during your leave of absence, contact The Arch office to discuss Arch graduation requirements with them. Be sure to notify them of your scheduled away semester based on your updated academic plan of study approved by your advisor.

The Arch | | (518)-276-6655

For transfer credits to applied to your record at RPI, you must submit a completed/sign Transfer Credit Approval Form and official transcript to the Registrar.

Registrar | | (518)-276-6231


If your ID card has stopped working, contact the Campus Card office.

Campus Card | | (518)-276-6670 | 2144 Burdett Ave

Review meal plan options and add one to your student account.

Rensselaer Dining | | (518)-276-6277

Join or re-join clubs and activities to stay active. There may even be some new ones since you were last here!

Rensselaer Union | | (518)-276-6505

Mueller Center | (518)-276-2874

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