Amos Eaton institutes a Rensselaer School Flotilla on the Erie Canal as a special summer session.
Rensselaer School moves to Van der Heyden Mansion and is renamed the Rensselaer Institute.
The Civil Engineering degree is awarded to four students at the spring commencement. The Bachelor of Natural Science degree replaces the A.B. degree.
Stephen Van Rensselaer III, patron and founder of the Institute, dies January 26.