Rochester Institute of Technology

Campus Description

RIT is a place where brilliant minds assemble and collaborate, where they pool together their individual talents across disciplines in service of big projects and big solutions. It is an intersection of disciplines in science, engineering, technology, visual arts, social sciences and business. It is a vibrant community teeming with students collaborating with experts and specialists; a hub of innovation and creativity.

Founded in 1829, RIT is one of the world's leading technological institutions. Diverse, talented, and creative students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are at home in RIT's dynamic living/learning community. Embodying our commitment to diversity, more than 2,500 international students and 2,900 students of color have chosen RIT as the place to pursue their education. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

RIT's unmatched array of academic programs attracts designers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers on the one hand, and scientists, engineers, computing scientists, and entrepreneurs on the other. When these "left-brain and right-brain" students engage with RIT's outstanding faculty, a learning environment is created where innovation and creativity flourish.

Experiential learning has been a hallmark of an RIT education since 1912. Every academic program at RIT offers some form of experiential education opportunity which may include cooperative education, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research.
Students take their academic pursuits seriously, but they’ll be the first to tell you that they are passionate about life outside of the lectures, studios, and labs. RIT is alive with energy and excitement - 24/7. Students quickly find their niche in this community because there are so many ways to be involved. With more than 300 student organizations sponsoring more than 1,300 on-campus events, there are plenty of opportunities for recreation and personal growth, leadership, and entertainment.
RIT is a launching pad for a brilliant career, and a highly unique state of mind. It is a perfect environment to pursue your passion.

60 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623-5604

585.475.6631 or TTY admissions phone 585.475.6700

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Degrees Offered

Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctorate


Varsity Sports: NCAA Division III: Women's: basketball, cross-country, crew, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field. NCAA Division I: Women's: ice hockey. Men's: ice hockey.

Club Sports: Women's: cheerleading, field hockey, rugby, water polo. Men's: lacrosse, roller hockey, rugby, volleyball, water polo. Coed: badminton, bowling, equestrian, fencing, juggling, martial arts, skiing, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

Because the student body of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is so diverse, there are many different activities, clubs, organizations, and sports in which students may participate. There are nearly 300 clubs and organizations that sponsor more than 1,400 on-campus events annually. The list includes several special interest clubs and career organizations; 11 major student organizations, and seventeen fraternities and twelve sororities, representing approximately 5 percent of the student population. A radio station and a biweekly student magazine allow those interested in media to gain experience on campus. RIT offers twenty-three varsity sports including Division I Men's and Women's Ice Hockey.

Featured Programs

Bioinformatics; Imaging Science; Physician Assistant; New Media; Packaging Science, Software Engineering; Telecommunications; Microelectronic Engineering; Biotechnology; American Crafts; American Sign Language; Game Design and Development.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 12,875 (Full-time: 8,421 men, 4,032 women; Part-time: 285 men, 137 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 3,027 (Full-time: 1,634 men, 832 women; Part-time: 370 men, 191 women)
69% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
34% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 550 – 660
SAT math range: 580 – 690
ACT range: 26 – 31

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4.7%1.9%
% Asian7.2%2.0%
% Hispanic / Latino6.7%2.1%
% White, Non-Hispanic63.0%26.3%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.2%0.2%
% International / Nonresident Alien5.9%59.9%
% Two or more races2.9%0.9%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity9.4%6.7%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$37,124 per year, or $1,331 per credit for part-time study. Tuition for students supported through RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf is $14,570
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$11,918 (freshmen from outside a 30-mile radius required to live on campus)
Room Only:
Varies based on rent
Graduate Tuition & Fees:


Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- February 1 priority, early decision December 1, rolling after February 1; spring- rolling; summer- rolling
Transfer Applications:
fall- March 15 priority; spring- November 15 priority

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- February 1 priority, early decision December 1, rolling after February 1; spring- rolling; summer- rolling
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- March 15 priority; spring- November 15 priority

Application Requirements

Freshmen: HS transcripts; SAT or ACT; counselor recommendation(s); application fee; some programs will require portfolio of original art work.
Transfers: Final transcripts from all institutions attended.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academic Scholarships; ROTC