Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) is a comprehensive approach to the student experience at Rensselaer.

Through ongoing support, guidance, and co-curricular activities, CLASS connects students to a network of faculty, staff, and other students, ensuring that they are part of a strong community of learners. As students strive to become the leaders of tomorrow, CLASS helps them develop the intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and global awareness that will enable them to change the world.

A Network of Support

CLASS involves the entire Rensselaer community working to challenge and engage students as they move to higher plateaus of success. CLASS will connect students with many individuals and offices to help.

  • Commons Assistant Deans
  • CLASS Deans
  • Faculty Deans and Fellows of the Residential Commons
  • Student Life

Time-Based Clustering

Rensselaer has introduced time-based clustering in order to support the personal and academic needs of students during their undergraduate years. Each class will be supported by a team of Commons Assistant Deans, upperclass and graduate student staff, Faculty Residential Deans of the Commons, and a Class Dean. This support structure ensures that every student receives the best individual counseling, mentoring, and personal attention that Rensselaer has to offer.
  • First-Year Experience
  • Sophomore Experience
  • Junior Experience
  • Senior Experience

Faculty-Student Engagement

The staff of the office of the Faculty Dean of the Residential Commons and Faculty Fellows within the Residential Commons provide and facilitate academic and experiential learning activities.

Residential Clustering

If you are like most students, your first priority must be your academic success at Rensselaer. To reach your goals and have the kind of college experience that you want, you need to have a living situation that helps you to grow and that meets your needs. For the majority of students, that means living on campus. Approximately 3,200 undergraduate students live on the Troy campus.
Rensselaer frames its residential experience so that it can be as enjoyable and productive as possible. Clusters of residence halls, called Residential Commons, are a central feature of CLASS and the Residence Life experience. All first- and second-year students live within these clusters, which are residential halls that are grouped geographically, as well as some that stand alone.