RVCE is spread over 51.4 acres (20.8 ha) on the banks of the Vrishabhavati River in Bangalore, located on the Mysore Road, in between Bangalore University gate and Kengeri. The nearest commuter railway station is Jnanabharati Station, and the nearest major railway station is the Bangalore City Railway Station. The campus has a building for each undergraduate department, with the exception of the Biotechnology, Information Science, Instrumentation Technology and Master of Computer Applications departments, which are housed in a single building.
The college has a post office with postal identification as R.V. Vidyaniketan P.O, and a bank operated by ING on its campus. The canteen serves North Indian, South Indian and Chinese vegetarian cuisine. RVCE offers internet connectivity at its browsing center, with Wi-fi access all over campus, along with copier facilities. The college also operates a health center.
RVCE has 4 hostels on campus, namely the Cauvery Hostel for first year students, the Sir. M. Visvesvaraya Block for the final year students, and the Diamond Jubilee Block hostel for the rest of the students. The hostels on campus are completely meant for boys. The college, along with the managing trust (RSST) operates 4 other hostels in Bangalore located in locations like Jayanagar, J.P. Nagar, and Rajarajeshwari Nagar meant exclusively for the girls.
A rainwater harvesting system sponsored by KPMG has been installed near the Telecommunication Engineering block, and a similar system is in place near the administrative block, the construction of which was supervised by the department of Civil engineering. Both the harvesting systems make use of a sump, and the stored water is typically used for gardening purposes.
Students are admitted to undergraduate courses on basis of their merit in the Karnataka CET test, or in the COMED-K undergraduate test. Students are also admitted through a management quota, which does not place merit requirements. There is a lateral entry scheme in place, by which students holding diploma degrees can enter directly to the second year of study in engineering. Students, upon graduating, receive a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Students are admitted to postgraduate courses on basis of their GATE test scores, as well as on their Post Graduate Karnataka CET scores.
All the departments which have been conferred autonomous status set their own course content and grading system. RVCE follows the credit-based system of performance evaluation, with proportional weighting of courses based on their importance. The total marks (usually out of 100) form the basis of grades, with a grade value (out of 10) assigned to a range of marks. For each semester, the students are graded by taking a weighted average from all the courses with their respective credit points. Each semester’s evaluation is done independently with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) reflecting the average performance across semesters. The medium of instruction is English.
RVCE has been recognised as a centre for excellence by the Union Government of India. In 2008, the college had the highest number of gold medal-winners among colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University. The department of Mechanical engineering of RVCE is the state’s first degree programme in a private institution to be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation.