Academic Considerations for Acceptance in Design, Innovation, and Society (DIS)

Incoming first-year students can declare DIS as their major. Students who are already enrolled in their first year at Rensselaer must complete a competitive application process to add a DIS major.

Current Rensselaer students: 

  • Submit a digital portfolio via Box (request an account for your @RPI email here).
  • Contact HASS Student Services (in-person or via when you’re ready to submit your portfolio.

HASS Student Services Hub
Russell Sage Lab 4307
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590

Applications must include:

  1. A letter of intent, which should explain why the applicant wishes to pursue a design, innovation, and society major. This letter should also convey an understanding of the purpose and focus of the major. 
  2. A plan of study, which should demonstrate how the applicant will complete the degree requirements.
  3. An unofficial transcript showing the applicant’s coursework and grades to date.


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