New to RPI: Getting Started

At Rensselaer, computing is an integral part of the everyday educational experience and students have broad access to computing tools for use in a variety of courses. Many of the core science and engineering courses such as Calculus, Physics, Engineering Analysis, Chemistry, and Computer Science, use computing intensively, as do some management and liberal arts courses. The Rensselaer Computing System (RCS) consists of public PCs and many services available online.

Every undergraduate is required to have a laptop computer. Our Mobile Computing Program supports this requirement.

Academic and Research Computing (ARC) is a part of Rensselaer's Division of the Chief Information Officer. ARC maintains computer labs all across campus, gives technical and consulting help, offers short courses on various computing topics, provides on-line and paper documentation, supports the Mobile Computing Program, and more.

  • Accounts - You might have several accounts - RCS and SIS. Learn the difference.
  • Mobile Computing - Every incoming student is required to have a laptop computer. Learn about our program - information for prospective students, new students, and current students.
  • Keeping Up-to-Date - Check the Help Desk web site regularly to find the latest information about computing at Rensselaer, as well as any alerts and virus and security information.
  • Guidelines for Computing at Rensselaer - Read about computing etiquette.
  • Questions? - We have a Help Desk located on the main floor of the Voorhees Computing Center. Stop by, call ext. 7777 (on campus), or send e-mail to Be sure to browse and search this web site!