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.
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
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.
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, one freshman delights in sharing, “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 two giant festivals every year: Spring Fest and Freeze Fest.”