From the School

Whatever your passion, you can master it at RIT. 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 ideas. It is a vibrant community teeming with students collaborating with experts and specialists: a hub of innovation and creativity. As one of the nation’s largest private universities, RIT has an unmatched array of specialized, career-oriented academic programs that attracts designers, artists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers on the one hand, and scientists, engineers, computing scientists, social scientists, and entrepreneurs on the other. It is a launching pad for a brilliant career, and a highly unique state of mind. It is a perfect environment in which to pursue your passion. Here, the future is envisioned each day. And remade each day after.

Overview

Applicants
16,354
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.60

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

RIT is one of the world's leading career-oriented, technological universities. At RIT, some of the world's most talented, ambitious, and creative students find a remarkable array of academic programs; diverse, talented and accessible faculty; sophisticated facilities; an unusual emphasis on experiential learning; and a vibrant, connected community that is home to students from more than 100 countries. RIT's nine colleges offer more than 90 undergraduate programs in areas such as engineering, computing, information technology, engineering technology, business, hospitality, art, design, science, psychology, public policy, game design, photography, film and animation, health sciences, and biomedical sciences. Excelling in teaching and research, RIT's faculty are passionate about their role in the classroom and in their field. RIT's faculty are diverse, innovative and resourceful, and engage students in the process of personal and professional discovery. To complement their specialized field of study, students select from more than 90 minors available at RIT. Students can also complete a master's degree in five years through one of the university's accelerated BS/MS or BS/MBA programs. Since 1912, the hallmark of an RIT has been experiential education. RIT was among the first universities in the world to offer cooperative education, and its co-op program is now one of the largest in the world. Last year more than 3,600 co-op students alternated periods of study on campus with paid employment in nearly 2,000 firms across the United States and overseas. Experiential learning also includes internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research. Regardless of background or academic interest, students find that RIT offers a stimulating environment for intellectual and personal growth.

Students Say

Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong “focus on innovation” and heavily encourages “collaboration [between] business and technology.” Moreover, an RIT education isn’t merely theoretical. Indeed, undergrads have many chances to participate in “[all] manner of labs and workshops,” applying what they study and partaking in a number of “hands-on” experiences. Perhaps this is best illustrated by RIT’s fabulous co-op program which allows students to “get real world experience while still in school.” And with amazing departments ranging from game design and animation to computer science and biotechnology, your academic needs and interests are guaranteed to be met. While some students caution that “the workload is difficult,” a self-assured freshman tells us that “you feel accomplished after you’ve completed it.” By and large, undergrads here find that the “majority of professors are engaging” and “very knowledgeable.” Undoubtedly, they “know [their] material inside and out and do a great job of explaining it to the students.” Undergrads also brag that their teachers “are all active in their field and/or conduct some sort of research.” Overall, an RIT education encourages students “to think in new ways and challenge what seem impossible.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,481
with Terminal Degree
685

930
Men
551
Women
200
Minority
31
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tom Curley '77
President, The Associated Press

Bruce James '64
CEO, US Government Printing Office

Daniel Carp '73
Former CEO, Eastman Kodak Company

Dan Loh '95
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Photojournalism

Kristine Simmons '90
Special Assistant to President George W. Bush

William Snyder '81
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Photojournalism

Ken Bielenberg '87
Visual Effects Supervisor, Dreamworks Inc. (Shrek)

Overview

From The School

For 2011-12, tuition and fees cost $32,037; room and board averaged $10,413; and books, transportation, and other expenses averaged $1,925.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,000

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,000

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,400

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,256
Required Fees
$512
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
NACME, NSF
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based Sch Grant Other
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

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 and labs. RIT is alive with energy and excitement-24/7. It won't take long for you to find your niche in this community because there are so many ways to be involved. The backgrounds and interests of RIT students contribute in many ways to the quality of campus life. With students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, RIT is a living-learning environment rich in diversity in classrooms, residence halls, and everywhere else on campus. A number of campus organizations and student services focus on the unique needs and interests of minority, deaf, and international students at RIT. You'll have plenty of opportunity to interact with a mind-expanding mix of people. More than 7,100 full-time students live on campus in residence halls or apartments, and our self-contained, suburban location creates a safe and secure atmosphere. Clubs and organizations exist to bring students of similar interest together and provide them with opportunities to become effective leaders. These groups enhance the quality of student life by fostering social interaction, leadership development, school spirit and an affinity to RIT. Clubs and Organizations promote activities, diversity, service and learning outside of the classroom. Currently there are approximately 200 active clubs, 10 Major Student Organizations, and 30 Greek Organizations on campus. Last year, clubs and organizations held nearly 1,300 events on campus.

RIT's intercollegiate teams have a history of excellence, recording many impressive seasons and capturing a number of conference and national championships. RIT teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Atlantic Hockey Association, the Liberty League, and the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association.

Students Say

Undergrads at RIT wholeheartedly embrace the fact that their peers definitely have a “nerdy” and “quirky” side to their personality. However, they readily assert that even those who likely “play Minecraft everyday” are “a lot of fun.” An industrial and systems engineering major further explains, “RIT students are nerdy science people, but we know how to have a good time and socialize. The same people you see at a gaming party one night will be at the RIT hockey game the next, having just as much fun.” Of course, there is certainly far more to these students than a few dorky or intellectual interests. As an animation major shares, “There are all kinds of people here. Making friends is stupidly easy. Most everyone is genuinely friendly and I have friends of all kinds. It's hard to not fit in… because RIT accepts everyone.” Undergrads also tend to be “dedicated” to their studies as well as “very willing to work together and help each other out.” Finally, a software engineering major sums up his peers by stating, “Weird and unique is the normal at RIT. Walk across campus and you'll see couples of all sexual orientations, people riding unicycles, wearing trench coats, riding something of their own creation. Sometimes all at the same time. Basically as long as someone is friendly and open, they'll fit in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,711
Out of State
50%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
107

Demographics

6.10%
Asian
5.31%
African-American
6.45%
Hispanic
67.22%
Caucasian
12.09%
Unknown
5.19%
International

32% female
68% male
50% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

From The School

RIT's 1,300-acre campus is located in the suburbs, about six miles from downtown Rochester, NY. More than 6,800 diverse, creative, ambitious students live on campus in residence halls or apartments, and the self-contained, suburban location gives the campus a safe, residential atmosphere. RIT also maintains campuses in Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.

Students Say

Dull moments are a rare occurrence at RIT. Although undergrads here must slog through “hours upon hours of homework,” they also to manage to carve out time to kick back and have fun. And fortunately, “there is a large enough pool of students to find any interest, from a powerlifting team and on-campus rock climbing club to various intramural sports.” Additionally, “CAB, the College Activities Board, always provides some source of entertainment.” For example, as one freshman delights in sharing that, “Just a few weeks ago my friends and I saw the band Fun.” Moreover, “there are tons of societies and clubs on campus that are always hosting game nights or dances or off campus parties.” And a mechanical engineering happily chimes in, “There have been free Zumba lessons and yoga parties in random classrooms or in the quads and we have 2 giant festivals every year: Spring Fest and Freeze Fest.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
55%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan Ackerman, Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
205
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
5

4% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.rit.edu/northstar

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Rochester
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
141

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Faculty and student offers on Dell, Gateway, IBM and Mac

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michelle Kinch
Visit Coordinator

Address
60 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623

Phone
585-475-6736

Email
admissions@rit.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Java Wally's (Wallace Library coffee sho
Student Life Center/Field House/Ice Aren
ESPN Zone @ RIT Student Alumni Union
Ben and Jerry's (RIT Student Alumni Uni
The Cafe and Market at Crossroads

Most Popular Places Off Campus
International Museum of Photography
Frontier Field (AAA Baseball)
Lake Ontario
Eastman Theatre
Rochester Museum and Science Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 10am-noon
585-475-6736

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, noon, and 2pm; Sat at 11am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@rit.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay only. Based on availabilit

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greater Rochester International Airport is approximately 5 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available for the ride from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90, take Exit 46 and proceed north on I-390 to Exit 13 (Hylan Dr.). Turn left on Hylan and continue north to Jefferson Rd., then turn left. Proceed west on Jefferson a short distance to the main campus which is on your left.

Local Accommodations
Most campus visitors stay at the RIT Inn and Conference Center(5257 W. Henrietta Rd; 585-359-1800; www.ritinn.com)located 3 mi from campus with free shuttle and special rates for campus visitors. The Radisson Inn (175 Jefferson Rd.; 585-475-1910) is within walking distance of campus. Rates are at the top end of the moderate range. A full range of hotel/motel options and prices are available within a 5 mile radius of campus.
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Key Stats

16,354
Applicants
13,711
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists