FAQ

Last updated December 27, 2020

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1 General

1.0 What and where is RPI?

RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) is a private college founded in 1824 and located in Troy, New York. Its primary focus is education in the fields of engineering and science.

1.1 Is it RPI or Rensselaer?

For a time, starting in the 1990s, the school only wanted to be known as Rensselaer. In recent years that has changed and both names are used by the administration. For most of the 20th century the institute was known by its initials and continues to be known that way by older alumni.

1.2 Why is the school named Rensselaer?

The school was named after its founder, Stephen van Rensselaer.

1.3 Why is the school located in Troy, not Rensselaer?

The fact that the school Rensselaer is not located in the city Rensselaer causes some of confusion. Rensselaer, the city, was not created until 1897, 73 years after the school. So, in 1824 the confusion did not exist. Additionally, the school and city are named for different people, as the city is named for Killiaen van Rensselaer, not Stephen van Rensselaer.

1.4 What are the RPI colors?

Cherry and White, dating back to the 19th century.

1.5 What is the RPI fight song?

"Hail, Dear Old Rensselaer". You can check out the lyrics or mp3 by the RPI Glee Club.

1.6 What is the RPI logo?

The school no longer uses one logo. Most of the administration uses the name (Rensselaer) combined with the school seal. The athletic department uses a stylized, diagonal "RPI" in most circumstances.

1.7 What are the former logos?

The best known is the Bullet, the initials "RPI" surrounded by a circular ring. It fell out of favor in the 1990s but has recently made a comeback. The 1990s introduced a logo, the name "Rensselaer" underlined by a gray bar. Commonly known as the "Gray Bar." It is no longer used. The institute seal is sometimes used. That was the most common logo prior to the introduction of the bullet.

1.8 Where can I go to learn more about RPI?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Call: 518-276-6000

Write: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY, 12180-3590

1.9 Where can I buy RPI merchandise?

The Rensselaer Student Union Bookstore sells merchandise. It is in the basement of the Student Union. The RPI Fan Shop is an online store that focuses on athletic merchandise.

1.10 What is the RPI mascot?

There is no current school-wide mascot.

1.11 What was the former school mascot?

The Red Hawk, a bird, was introduced in 1995 but dropped in 2009 after it failed to gain support from the students and fans. Prior to that, the Swarm, a bee-like creature that first appeared in the early 1980s. Its use was discontinued in 1992. It still has sentimental support.

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2 Team

2.0 What is RPI's home rink?

The Houston Field House located on the eastern side of campus at the top of People's Avenue. It was completed in 1949 and extensively renovated in 1983. It has undergone many minor renovations since.

2.1 Who is the head coach?

Dave Smith, a 1992 graduate of Ohio State, was named to the position in April 2017. He has a 33-65-9 record in three seasons at RPI.

2.2 What is the RPI hockey mascot?

Puck Man. A creature based on the bullet logo. First appeared in print in the late 70's and in costume in 1998.

2.3 What conference is RPI in?

RPI is an NCAA Division I hockey institution that plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, along with Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, St. Lawrence University, Union College and Yale University.

2.4 What championships has RPI won?

RPI was the NCAA National Champions in 1954 and 1985, the ECAC Tournament Champions in 1984, 1985 and 1995, and the ECAC Regular Season Champions in 1983-84 and 1984-85. They were also the champions of the Tri-State League in 1952-53, 1953-54 and 1956-57 and the ICAC in 1968-69 and 1971-72

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3 History

3.0 How long has RPI played hockey?

Since January 25, 1902 when RPI lost to Williams 4-1 in a game played at Cohoes.

3.1 What was the best season?

1984-85. RPI went 35-2-1 and won the NCAA, ECAC Tournament and ECAC Regular Season titles.

3.2 What nicknames has RPI played under?

The team, currently the Engineers, was also known as the Bachelors until the 1960's.

3.3 How did Houston Field House get its name?

It was named for Livingston W. Houston, who was the president of RPI when the field house was procured from the Navy. Following his death, the RPI Field House was renamed the Houston Field House in 1978.

3.4 What other rinks have the Engineers called home?

Prior to 1912, RPI played in different locations in Cohoes and Albany. In 1912 an outdoor rink was constructed on what is now Anderson Field. It had no formal name but was usually called the RPI Hockey Rink. It was also known as the Avenue B Rink (Sage Avenue was formerly known as Avenue B). This rink was constructed and used each year until the program was suspended after 1938, except for the 1936-37 season. That year the rink was built on the tennis courts that were formerly on the west end of '86 Field.

3.5 What records do the Engineers hold?

Open to debate is whether the Engineers hold records for the longest Division 1 winning and undefeated streaks. RPI won 30 straight games during the 1984-85 season, but one game was against the University of Toronto, a Canadian team. Continuing into the 1985-86 season, RPI was undefeated over 38 games, including 2 wins over Toronto. Depending on how these records are defined, RPI may be the holder.

3.6 What Division 1 schools has RPI never played?

Broken down by conference:

Big 10 -- Penn State
NCHC -- Nebraska-Omaha
WCHA -- Northern Michigan
Independent -- Long Island

RPI has played every member of Atlantic Hockey, ECAC Hockey and Hockey East.

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4 Internet

4.0 What Internet sites with Engineer material exist?

RPI Athletics Hockey Page

4.1 What Internet sites with Division 1 hockey material exist?

There are two news sites that cover college hockey: US College Hockey Online and College Hockey News.