From the School

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.


From The School

RIT seeks a diverse and multicultural student body. Entering students come from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Admission to RIT is competitive, but the admission process is a personal one. The university is interested in learning about students' interests, abilities, and goals in order to provide the best information and guidance as they select the college that is right for them. Students applying for freshman admission for the fall semester (September) may apply through an Early Decision Plan or Regular Decision Plan. The Early Decision Plan is designed for students who consider RIT their first-choice college and wish to make an early commitment regarding admission. Early Decision requires that candidates file their applications and supporting documents by December 1 in order to receive admission notification by January 15. Freshmen who choose not to apply for Early Decision are considered under our Regular Decision Plan. Regular Decision applicants who have provided all required application materials by February 1 will receive admission notification by March 15. Applications received after February 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis, with notification letters mailed four to six weeks after the application is complete. Students interested in being considered for merit-based (academic and extracurricular) scholarships or the RIT Honors program must apply by February 1. For best consideration for admission and scholarships, it is recommended that applicants for transfer admission file their materials on or before March 15 for fall or summer admission and November 15 for spring admission. Factors considered in our admission decisions include, but are not limited to, past high school and/or college performance (particularly in required academic subjects), admission test scores, competitiveness of high school or previous college, and academic program selected. Recommendations from those familiar with your academic performance and interviews with admissions counselors are often influential. Most students applying to RIT choose a specific academic program as part of the admission process. This is important because there are a variety of academic programs, and admission requirements may differ from one program to another. For example, a student applying for admission to our computer science program would present a strong academic record with particular strength in mathematics, while a student applying for a fine art or design major would need to show artistic talent through a required portfolio. For incoming freshmen who wish to explore their options before declaring a major, RIT offers the following undeclared options: University Studies (for students wishing to explore programs in two or more colleges); Undeclared Art & Design: Business Exploration; Computing Exploration; Undeclared Crafts; Engineering Exploration; Undeclared Engineering Technology; Liberal Arts Exploration; Undeclared Photography, and General Science Exploration.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 680
ACT Composite
26 - 31


Early Decision
December 1

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Few universities provide RIT's variety of career-oriented programs. 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.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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)


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2014-15, tuition and fees cost $35,768; room and board averaged $11,568; and books, transportation, and other expenses averaged $2,025.

Financial Aid

RIT's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students and their families in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a quality education. Currently, more than 12,000 RIT undergraduate and graduate students receive over $291 million dollars in financial assistance from federal, state, and institutional resources, in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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)

Direct Lender


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, labs and studios. 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. The men's and women's hockey teams are Division I. The remainder of the intercollegiate teams competes at Division III. RIT teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Atlantic Hockey Association, the College Hockey America, 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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



33% female
67% male
50% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time


From The School


RIT's 1,300-acre campus is located in the suburbs, about six miles from downtown Rochester, NY. More than 7,100 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus is filled with the latest equipment, software, laboratories, and conveniences to give students the tools they need to excel. RIT offers academic facilities that are rarely matched on other university campuses, and students use the latest technology to solve problems creatively. RIT plays leadership role in academic computing and gives students maximum access to research and information resources via two OC3 connections to the Internet, 20,000 network connections, and an eight-million-foot fiber-optic backbone. RIT is one of a select group of universities with access to the Internet 2 research network.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Rochester provides a perfect setting--it's large enough to provide the dining, shopping, and night life opportunities found in a bigger city, yet small and friendly enough to be inviting and accessible. In fact, Rochester was ranked 10th best among large cities in the Northeast in a recent Money magazine Best Places to Live in America survey. The greater Rochester area is home to more than 1 million people, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in New York State. Rochester's reputation as an active and inventive community is supported by extensive cultural and intellectual opportunities.

Student Organizations & Activities

The campus is filled with the latest equipment, software, laboratories, and conveniences to give students the tools they need to excel. RIT offers academic facilities that are rarely matched on other university campuses, and students use the latest technology to solve problems creatively. RIT plays leadership role in academic computing and gives students maximum access to research and information resources via two OC3 connections to the Internet, 20,000 network connections, and an eight-million-foot fiber-optic backbone. RIT is one of a select group of universities with access to the Internet 2 research network.

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Susan Ackerman, Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

4% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups:

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


Rochester Institute of Technology is known for being on the cutting edge of innovation. The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is headquartered at RIT. The institute founded the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which is committed to advancing education and research in sustainability. RIT’s Committee for Sustainable Practices was established to advise the campus on environmental issues, policies, procedures, and curricular activities, and to partner with public officials and local environmental groups on sustainability initiatives. RIT’s president, William Destler, has signed the ACUPCC, ensuring that the institute will have a formal plan for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on campus. To further these efforts, RIT has determined that all new construction projects will seek, at minimum, LEED Silver. There are currently two projects seeking LEED Gold, one seeking LEED Silver, and The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is seeking LEED Platinum. These are in addition to the College of Applied Science and Technology LEED Gold building and the University Services Center LEED Platinum building already on campus. RIT has also put together a $38 million heating and cooling plant replacement project that will go a long way toward reducing campus emissions and improving overall energy efficiency. Lastly, RIT has taken sustainability to a new height as solar panels developed in RIT’s labs were launched on the final mission of the space shuttle.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Michelle Kinch
Visit Coordinator

60 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623



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

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

Information Sessions

year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay only. Based on availabilit


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; 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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