Residence halls are very welcoming. For Transfer Students there is a special orientation that helps encourage friendships with other students who are going through a similar situation
1 & 2. There are no separate transfer dorms. You will be allowed to choose from the sophomore housing options (Warren, Nugent, Davison, Sharp, some RAHPs, some STACwyck, Blitman… I believe). You will live intermixed with the returning students.
3. I don’t really know, but one year Nugent had a concentration of Asian residents. You might think to contact groups like CASA (Chinese American Student Association) to see where the rising sophomores are living.
I’m looking for photos, but I don’t have any! I do apologize; I never anticipated such an interest from older students and growth of the blog. I found a video that includes some footage of E-Complex, which is very similar to North. Footage of hall begins around 2:40.
I don’t have pictures of Colonie, but I could offer advice if I knew more specifics. None of the on campus housing is uninhabitable and RPI has services and methods of making things right where they may be wrong (maintenance, upgrades, etc.). Without knowing specifics about the “less than stellar” things you heard, it’s difficult for me to offer advice. What are you used to in terms of your standard of living? What did you hear that turned you off?
I will say that you will probably ride the shuttle to class unless you have a bicycle or like to walk. It’s about a 15 minute walk to class, I would estimate. You also have a convenient Rite Aid nearby.
It depends completely on the person. If you have a solid background, strong extracurriculars, and healthy grades, you’ve got a better chance. Transferring out depends on which school you’re trying to go to. It’s not like RPI can make you stay.
RPI credits are recognized globally – it’s an accredited school.