Alumni Relations

Rensselaer's more than 90,000 living alumni are active and influential in all facets of society. The Office of Alumni Relations seeks to create and sustain mutually beneficial relationships between alumni, current students, and all campuses of the Institute.

A full range of services and programs support alumni involvement and career progression, including career assistance, regional and campus events, professional affinity groups, alumni chapters, print and electronic communications, athletic programs, and more. Alumni can participate through regional activities. The award-winning Hartford Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association offers year-round programming. Alumni may also participate virtually through the extensive services of AlumServ, the alumni Web site at: For information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (518) 276-6205, or e-mail:

Purchasing Textbooks

Students may purchase their textbooks online or by telephone from the RPI Bookstore on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, New York. To order your textbooks online please go to and follow the prompts. To order your textbooks by telephone, please call the RPI Bookstore in Troy at (877) 266-5774 (toll-free). All textbook returns must be made to the RPI Bookstore. Returns cannot be accepted at the Hartford Campus or Southeastern Connecticut Site.

Career Enrichment Services

Please note, Rensselaer's Hartford Campus does not offer career placement. If you are interested in such services, please refer to Rensselaer's Center for Career and Professional Development, described below.

Center for Career and Professional Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

All students may use the services of Rensselaer's Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD). The Center is staffed by professional career counselors and offers a well-stocked career library, including an up-to-date listing of job opportunities. It also provides access to numerous employers who recruit on the Troy campus each year. As a member of the Rensselaer community, you may participate in such services as:

  • Career Resource Room
  • Job Fairs
  • Career Days
  • Information Sessions
  • CCPD Café
  • Job Postings

Located on the Troy campus in the Darrin Communication Center 209, the CCPD staff welcomes your visit. You may also wish to explore the Career Development Center's award-winning and informative Web site. Check it out for yourself HERE.

Current students may use the services of the Center for Career and Professional Development at no charge.

For more information contact: Dawn Cairns-Weaver, Associate Director, Center for Career and Professional Development, DCC 209, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590, or call 518-276-6234. You can also fill out and submit this online form.

Co-op Program

The voluntary Co-op Program at Rensselaer's Hartford Campus permits graduate students to alternate periods of work in industry, business, or government with periods of study on campus. Students may elect to participate in Co-op for a minimum of one term and a maximum of one year. The Co-op Program is administered by staff at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Career and Professional Development with initial information and preparation through Rensselaer's Hartford Campus Student Services. For more information on Co-op opportunities contact the Senior Financial Aid Administrator at (860) 548-2406; (800) 433-4723, ext. 2406; or e-mail: .

Change of Address

The Office of the Registrar should be notified immediately of any change of address, either temporary and permanent.

Directory Information

Rensselaer's Hartford Campus intends to make certain "directory information" available for public use consisting of: student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, country of citizenship, major field of study, academic load, dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, class year in school, and most recent previous educational institution attended.

A student who does not wish any of this information to be released for a given term should notify the Registrar in writing by the end of the second week of classes each term. Rensselaer's Hartford Campus can withhold information only in those cases where written requests are received in accordance with the above-mentioned guidelines.

Disabled Student Services

Disabled Student Services (DSS) provides support services and referral information to current or potential Rensselaer student with disabilities. This service assists students in achieving access to the programs offered on campus. Services are available to students whose disabilities may be physical/orthopedic, psychiatric, sensory (hearing, vision), or learning-related (including dyslexia, attention deficit, traumatic brain injury).

Who can Benefit?

Any current or prospective member of the Rensselaer community can request assistance or information. If you currently are a Rensselaer student with a permanent or temporary disability, you may find some of the services described in the next section helpful. If you are a prospective student thinking about applying to Rensselaer, we encourage you to contact us early to discuss your plans. If you are a member of the faculty of staff at Rensselaer and want to know how to assist a student or someone else you know with a disability, contact us for some useful suggestions.

What services are available?

Since each person is a unique individual, we work one-to-one with you to plan the services that will help you achieve your goals at Rensselaer. Below are some of the services you may want to request. This is not a complete list, but will give you some examples of available assistance.

All students with disabilities:

  • Assistance in arranging specialized equipment
  • Assistance in communicating your needs to faculty
  • Counseling on disability concerns, goal planning, and adjustment to graduate school
  • A resource collection on disability topics including employment, laws, and financial aid
  • Referral to organization which can provide additional services or programs

If you have a learning disability:

  • Tutoring and study skills assistance
  • Extended test time, or other testing modifications
  • Tape-recorded textbooks
  • Reading machine and voice-controlled computer in the library

If you have a vision disability:

  • Tape-recorded textbooks
  • Extended test time or alternative format such as large print
  • Print magnifier and reading machine in the library
  • Assistance in recruiting readers and notetakers
  • Large-print campus maps and early orientation
  • Adapted computer hardware and software

If you have a mobility disability:

  • Information about campus access and designated parking
  • Classes arranged in convenient and accessible locations
  • Assistance in recruiting aides
  • Adapted computer hardware and software
  • Campus tours and orientation

If you have a hearing disability:

  • Use of equipment such as TTYs and FM assistive-listening systems
  • Assistance in recruiting notetakers and arranging sign language interpreters

If You Need Something Not Listed

Let us know what you will need and we will work with on-campus resources or organizations in the local community to arrange the assistance you require to participate fully at Rensselaer. Services will be provided only if you request them, and at your direction.

Contact in Hartford:
Contact in Troy:
Student Services
Rensselaer's Hartford Campus
275 Windsor Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06120-2991
(860) 548-2412
Disabled Student Services
Dean of Student Office
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590
(518) 276-2746 (voice or TTY)
Fax: (518) 276-4839

Facility Scheduling

Classrooms may be scheduled for meetings related with Rensselaer's Hartford Campus course work by calling 860-548-5321.

Identification Cards

All Rensselaer students at the Hartford Campus and Groton site will be issued a Campus Card, to be used for building access. The card displays a photo of the student, as well as the student's RIN.

The Campus Card Office requires two (2) forms of legal identification when issuing an Access Card to an individual for the first time. This policy applies to all students and employees of Rensselaer that will receive a personal Access Card.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A Drivers License or Identification Card issued by a State or possession of the US Government that contains a photograph and/or name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address
  • Identification Card issued by federal, state, or local government agency/entity that contains a photograph and/or name, date of birth, sex, height, eye color, and address
  • School ID card with a photograph
  • Birth Certificate
  • United States SSN Card
  • Drivers license issued by a Canadian government authority
  • Voters Registration Card
  • U.S. military card or draft record
  • Military dependents ID card
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Native American tribal document
  • Current Employer Photo ID

One or both forms of identification need to have a photograph of the person receiving the Access Card. Additionally, a date of birth or Social Security Number needs to be present on at least one form of identification.

Please note that for the protection of your own privacy, the Campus Card Office will not keep any personal information other than a person's legal name and/or RIN on any documents.

Immunization Requirements

Connecticut State Law requires that all students born after December 31, 1956 and enrolled in postsecondary schools be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. In addition, beginning August 1, 2010, students born on or after January 1, 1980 must also provide proof of immunization against varicella (chicken pox).

Students who do not meet Connecticut's minimum immunization requirements and who do not have documentation of immunity or a written request for exemption on file are considered out of compliance with the law. Documentation of immunity may consist of dates of immunization or laboratory documentation of immunity. The law further requires Rensselaer's Hartford Campus to deny registration to students who fail to comply.


Free parking is available to students while using Rensselaer's Hartford Campus and Rensselaer Groton Site facilities. Cars illegally parked will be ticketed and fined. Rensselaer specifically disclaims any responsibility for loss or damage to cars, contents, or personal property while on the premises.

Security and Safety Measures

Rensselaer contracts with a professional security agency to provide one uniformed guard 2 p.m. - 6 a.m. daily, Monday - Friday. The coverage is 24-hours on weekends. The number of guards may increase depending on events, special needs, and holidays.

Escort service to parked cars may be requested from the Receptionist in Hartford. A detailed safety/security policy and procedure statement with a statistical review of campus crime is available HERE. Security personnel reserve the right to ask students for proper identification.

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Updated: 2016-05-16, 15:34