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 80 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 4+1 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 4,100 co-op students alternated periods of study on campus with paid employment in nearly 2,100 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.
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.”