Questions & Answers

What can I chat with someone about?

Anything related to your college decision! For example, you can chat with RPI professors about their favorite academic subjects and academic life. You can chat with RPI students about the social life and activities at our university. You can chat with RPI alumni about how their university experience has prepared them for their career. The choice is yours!

How much does does it cost to chat with someone?

This service is completely free.

Will using this service improve my chances of getting into RPI?

Chatting with a current student, professor, or alumni will not explicitly increase your chances of getting accepted. However, we hope that through these chats you will learn more about our university and can feel more confident and knowledgeable about your decision to apply and enroll.

What kinds of information will the professor or current student tell the admissions department?

The chats that you will have are private and confidential. The current professors, students, alumni, or staff will not communicate any part of your conversations with the Admissions team. This means you can feel comfortable asking all your questions without fear of them affecting your application status.

What kind of technology do I need in order to have the chats?

In order to have video chats, your computer will need to have a webcam and a microphone. In addition, we recommend you use Google Chrome when conducting these video chats. Because we realize that many individuals do not have the items listed above, you also have the option of scheduling a text chat, which only requires access to a keyboard and for which you will be able to use Safari, Internet Explorer, and a host of other web browsers.

What can I do to improve the quality of the audio?

If you're experiencing technical issues with regards to the audio, we recommend that you use a headset during your video chat session. If you are still experiencing difficulties, please email In the meantime, you can feel free to use the text chat.

What can I do to improve the quality of the video?

In order to improve the quality of the video, you might need to connect your computer directly into the Internet router rather than using a wireless connection. This will increase both the speed and video quality that you will experience. If you still experience less-than-adequate video quality, please email In the meantime, feel free to take advantage of the text chat option.