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Top Ten Ways to Get Involved

Entering the college environment can be intimidating. Rensselaer Union has created a checklist for you to help you navigate student activities and campus culture at Rensselaer. Pick out a few that sound appealing to you and make sure to get involved


The annual RPI Activities Fair is the best way for incoming students to start getting involved on campus. Each year, over 200 student clubs, organization, club sports, honor societies, and more gather in the AS&RC (commonly referred to as "the Armory") to recruit new members. The 2018 event will be held on Wednesday, August 29th from 11pm-2pm. Here are some fun strategies to help you have a great experience at the Activities Fair!

Within Rensselaer Union, students who join student government have the opportunity to make a real difference through either the Student Senate, Executive Board, or the Judicial Board. Information on freshman Student Senate elections and freshmen Executive Board applications are available within the first weeks of the semester. Contact the respective organizations for additional information. Even if you are not elected to a position, there are many opportunities to get involved through committees and special projects. 

Whether you are interested in ballroom dance, a Cappella, contemporary music, theatrical arts, or improvisation, there is a performance group for you! Student performance groups on campus have a reputation for giving excellent performances at campus and community events. To explore these groups, visit the visual and performing arts category of the club search. 

Rensselaer Union oversees 23 sports and tournaments, with more than 5,500 participants each year. Students may join as free agents or start their own teams. Athletic competition is a great way for first year students to get involved and stay fit. For more information or to register a team, visit the IMLeagues website.

Each year, Interfraternity Council and Panhell host an event to introduce incoming and current students to the Greek community. Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority should plan to attend this event. (details tba)

This RPI tradition serves as a spirited kick off to the academic year. Students historically have lined the Rensselaer Student Union to get the best hockey tickets each season. This event includes food, entertainment, and more. This year the finale event will be held on Tuesday, September 8th with events preceding the week prior.

Rensselaer Union was established with a key goal to support varsity athletics, an objective that is still held today with nearly 36% of Rensselaer Union's expenses going to help fund varsity athletics. Support the red and white by attending the many games and tournaments on campus each year. Visit for team schedules.

Since 1972, the Model Railroad Society at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been located on campus depicting the Delaware & Hudson and Rutland Railroads set in the 1950's. Open to visitors and recruiting new members, the model railroad is a unique addition to the RPI campus. Contact them to schedule a tour.

Part of Rensselaer Union, the Mueller Center serves as the center of campus fitness and recreation. Students, faculty, and staff, have the ability to use workout equipmentweights, and enroll in fitness classes. First year students are encouraged to make healthy living a part of their daily routine.


Each class and residence hall also offer opportunities for involvement. Be sure to check with your Class Dean or Resident Assistant to explore opportunities to make a difference in your community and with your peers.

About Rensselaer Union

Rensselaer Union has been the center of student life at RPI since 1890. Rensselaer Union sponsors club activities, leadership, campus-wide programming, performing arts and fitness opportunities for all RPI students.

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