Arch Planning and Registration

All Rensselaer students must participate in The Arch summer term followed by a semester-away experience during the fall or spring of their junior year. The Arch Office and collaborators support each student through the process. From Arch Discovery Days, an annual event that prepares students for The Arch summer term, to the mandatory Arch Exploration and Planning Course (ADMN 1030), designed to guide sophomores through the process of planning for their semester away, The Arch Office and collaborators provide the support that encourages students to explore their full potential and gain the experiences needed to be successful.

Arch Planning by Year

Year 1

  • First-year academic advising includes discussion of Arch semester-away term and opportunities
  • Early Arch application due for accelerated students (Spring term)
  • Academic support from Learning Assistants is available as part of the First-Year Residential Program
  • Engagement with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) begins with a variety of networking opportunities and workshops, including RPI Career Fairs.

Year 2

Year 3

  • Register Arch semester-away experience (ILEA 4400) (Fall or Spring Term)
  • Complete Mandatory LMS Course

Year 4

  • Participate in The Arch Reflection Event (Fall Term)
  • Confirm satisfactory completion of ADMN 1030 and ILEA 4400 in Degree Works
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