Season’s Greetings!

Rensselaer offices will close on Thursday, December 24 and reopen Monday, January 4, 2021.

If you are considering making a year-end gift to Rensselaer, you may do so by visiting our online giving form. For further instructions regarding year-end giving, please visit, call (518) 276-6055 to leave a message, or email

On behalf of the Institute, thank you for your continued support – and Happy Holidays!

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The Rensselaer Annual Fund

The Rensselaer Annual Fund helps to provide a world-class educational experience to our students, helping to prepare them to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century.

Fraternities and Sororities

Opportunities to support fraternities and sororities at Rensselaer.

Rensselaer Research Fund

This fund, recently established in order to support the efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, supports the continued advancement of ongoing research initiatives.

Undergraduate Student Relief Fund

The Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

COVID-19 Testing Initiative Fund

The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Center Fund will support efforts to keep our community safe and will contribute toward an unprecedented effort in the history of Rensselaer.


One of the most personal and lasting ways to make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students is with a gift of scholarship support.

Let’s Go Red

Your support of Let’s Go Red! funds ensures that current and future generations of students continue to receive the opportunity to balance the rigors of academics with collegiate athletics.

Rensselaer Diversity Initiative Fund

The Rensselaer Diversity Initiative Fund allows the Rensselaer Admissions team to provide visitation and continued recruitment opportunities for diverse populations of prospective students.

Graduate Student Relief Fund

The Graduate Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer graduate students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

School Funds

You spent your years at Rensselaer focused on a particular field. Why not show your pride and excitement by giving back in support of the school you graduated from?

O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Lab

The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Lab provides senior engineering students opportunities to apply their discipline-specific knowledge to address real-world challenges presented by external sponsors.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Private Music Lessons Fund

The Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (HASS) Private Music Lessons Fund assists Rensselaer students in covering the cost of private music lessons in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).

The Rensselaer Fund for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Architecture

The School of Architecture Diversity Fund was established to assist underrepresented minorities in Architecture.

Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund

Honor the memory of a loved one or commemorate a special occasion through a gift to the Rensselaer Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund.

Senior Class Giving

Giving back is a time-honored tradition at Rensselaer, culminating in the class gift during senior year.

weR Gold

weR Gold is a unique program that helps to raise dollars for student-run special projects and/or initiatives.

Class of 1957 Spectrum Award

The Class of 1957 Spectrum Award was created in 2017 in honor of the Class of 1957’s 60th Reunion.

The Mark D. Smith – Magistra Vitae (“Life Teacher”) Student Scholarship Fund

This annual scholarship fund was established in memory of Mark, and in recognition of his long-standing service to students by promoting and supporting both academic excellence and personal development through his expertise, wisdom, and empathy.

The Endowment

Gifts to the Rensselaer endowment secure the university’s future in the long term, and in the more immediate future, speed us toward full implementation of The Rensselaer Plan 2024.

Faculty Excellence

Faculty are the intellectual foundation of our innovative programs, groundbreaking research, and—ultimately—our students’ success.

Building out the Campus

Rensselaer requires more than talent to be transformative in the world at large: we must have the right land, buildings, and infrastructure to undergird the education and research that occurs here.

Academics and Research

Under The Rensselaer Plan, research was invigorated by taking risks to achieve impact and moving into new domains of significance at the intersections of important disciplines.

Student Experience

As Rensselaer prepares to enter its third century, and it remains true to its mission of “applying science to the common purposes of life.” Becoming a fully-realized technological research institute is paramount as Rensselaer continues to pose the question “why not change the world?”