RIT Alumni Association
RIT Alumni Association

Areas of Support - Colleges & Academic Programs

A university is more than the sum of its individual colleges. While each of our nine colleges is distinctive in character, together they offer our students a collaborative academic environment seldom found in other universities. Every college and program, every faculty and staff member works to achieve the university's shared vision:

RIT will lead higher education in preparing students for innovative, creative, and successful careers in a global society.

The unique focus of each RIT College creates likewise unique funding priorities.

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College of Applied Science and Technology

College of Applied Science and Technology

Gifts directed to the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) are used to respond to its expanding needs, which include student scholarships, funding faculty training and research, and sustaining labs and classrooms that will support many departments. You may also support one of the many specific programs available in CAST.

Saunders College of Business

Saunders College of Business

This dynamic and fast-growing college was named after E. Philip Saunders, entrepreneur and founder of TravelCenters of America Inc. Mr. Saunders' support provided resources for scholarships, faculty expansion and an endowment for future initiatives. The College's first floor was renovated several years ago. Today, a new plan is in place to build new facilities, increase faculty and enhance student support. The new facility will accommodate the growing student body and new technologies and will include a state-of-the-art trading room for studies in securities and markets as well as an upgraded infrastructure to enable 21st century teaching and communication. You can help make these exciting plans a reality by supporting the Sanders Challenge. Or, to directly help our students, support the Saunders College General Fund, the Saunders Alumni Endowed Scholarship, Women's Network Endowed Scholarship or Recent Alumni Endowed Scholarship.

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

This-the largest of RIT's colleges-now has eight undergraduate degree programs as well as eight graduate degrees. It also now offers a Ph.D. program in Computing and Information Sciences, which allows these special scholars to use a balance of theory and practice to discover solutions to real-world problems. When you make a gift to the Golisano's Dean Fund, you are providing discretionary resources to address immediate student needs. Gifts to the Golisano College Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund are used to support students across all the programs for today and into the future. Some graduates prefer to support their "home" department: Computer Science; Software Engineering; Interactive Games and Media; Computing Security; and Information Sciences and Technology. Each department is grateful for the additional support, which allows them to underwrite student/faculty projects, fund student events and assist our students with travel (they consistently present at conferences and competitions worldwide).

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

At the KGCOE, we strive to provide a nurturing educational environment where students earn a highly marketable degree. Gifts to the Kate Gleason College General Fund help provide scholarships, assist faculty projects, improve classrooms and upgrade equipment. Gifts to the KGCOE Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund are helping us build a sustainable scholarship assistance program for deserving students. We are also excited about our continued efforts to build up our Women in Engineering Program (WE@RIT). Your gift to this program will help the College continue to motivate young women to pursue engineering degrees. Gifts to the Formula SAE Racing Team help provide hands-on leadership and learning experiences outside of the classroom. Some of our College supporters prefer to give directly to their "home" program: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, The Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS), and Microsystems Ph.D. This is a great way to have an impact on the engineering professionals of the future. Funds directed to a program are used to assist its students in a variety of ways. Stop by the college for a visit and see first-hand how KGCOE is putting your donations to excellent use.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Gifts directed to the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) are used to respond to its most pressing needs, which may include student scholarships, upgrading facilities, purchasing equipment and funding faculty training and development. You may also choose to support a specific school or program listed below.

College of Health Sciences and Technology

College of Health Sciences and Technology

A few years ago, RIT established the College of Health Sciences and Technology. This new Institute is a result of the RIT and Rochester General Hospital System (RGHS) alliance, and is housed in RIT's ninth college, the College of Health Sciences and Technology. This Institute will become a contributing player in the reform of the nation's healthcare system. Funding for the Institute will first be channeled to the office of the vice president, to faculty and staff positions and to setting up research laboratories. Research and outreach center staffing will follow. Your gift today to the new College of Health Sciences and Technology General Fund will help the Institute fulfill its mission: to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals with new clinical learning experience, exposure to translational healthcare research and discovery and evidence-based practices in community health.

College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

This College continues to grow at an amazing pace. Currently, our college contains 15 departments, offers 11 bachelor's degree programs, four master's programs - and over 30 minors and concentrations! With growing enrollment in our College, the need for scholarship funds is critical, and your support of our CLA Alumni and Friends Endowed Scholarship Fund means many deserving Liberal Arts students - today and in the future - will be able to complete their RIT education. By choosing to support our College of Liberal Arts General Fund, you help the college enhance the quality of our students' education and activities by supporting guest speaker series, lectures and concerts as well as degree-related research and independent study and support for travel to professional conferences. An essential element of our educational philosophy is to provide in-depth research opportunities for our students. Your gift to our CLA Student Research Fun helps us provide professional opportunities for our students to develop and present their research projects to faculty, alumni, and peers at either our annual Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication or our Liberal Arts Student Research Conference.

College of Science

College of Science

The College of Science continues to be ranked by the National Science Foundation among the nation's top universities for undergraduate education in science. Currently, we offer 17 undergraduate degree programs, nine graduate degree programs and three doctoral degrees. As we attract more students, your support of scholarship funding is more important than ever. Our College of Science Alumni Endowed Scholarship offers need-based assistance; the Physics Faculty and Alumni Endowed Scholarship recognizes and rewards physics majors who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, dedication and promise in research and/or leadership. Also, because one of our major goals is to incorporate a research component into all undergraduate and graduate programs, your support of the College of Science Student Research Fund will help provide essential assistance for faculty-mentored student research projects. By directly supporting the College of Science Dean's Fund, you will help us continue to improve our laboratories and classrooms across all programs. In addition, you may wish to directly support your "home" department by making a gift to Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Chemistry, Imaging Science, Physics or The School of Mathematical Sciences. The funding you provide to these individual areas allows the departments to immediately address problems and opportunities for our students.

National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID)

National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID)

NTID at RIT is the world's first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. More than 1,500 NTID students study, share residence halls, and enjoy social life together with 15,000 hearing students on the RIT campus. Since 1968, support from alumni, parents, friends and corporate partners has helped this college provide our students with outstanding, state-of-the-art technical and professional education programs that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning.

As ever, scholarship support is a critical need. If you are an NTID alumnus/a, a gift directed to the NTID Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund will allow you to give back to NTID as you support the next generation of NTID students. Please visit NTID to learn more about NTID giving opportunities.

Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies is committed to meeting the current and future professional needs of its students, their employers, and the global community. It does this by developing and offering undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and academic programs with one-on-one advisement, flexibility in the method of delivery, wide accessibility, non-traditional approaches to earning credit, and customization while incorporating a multidisciplinary curriculum. Your gift will fund the general CMS Scholarship fund as well as the The Osher Reentry Foundation Scholarship and will help the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies fulfill its mission: to educate the next generation of professionals.

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary academic unit at RIT whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems. Solving globally impactful problems requires significant resources – resources that RIT and our students do not have. The need to fully fund fellowships in the field of sustainability to solve the world's problems is great. Without this funding, the vital work RIT students are doing to help solve these challenges will simply not occur. You can be at forefront of finding a solution to this global issue. There is great opportunity to help fund fellowships ensuring that crucial work and ongoing research continues. Click here to download brochure.

University Studies

University Studies

The University Studies Program (USP) is an exploratory program designed for first or second year undergraduate students who are undecided about a college major. New to RIT, students may be completely undecided or have so many interests that they cannot choose just one. Also, current students who already have a major but now have doubts about that field of study may wish to explore the other options available to them at RIT. The RIT University Studies program staff and faculty will provide academic advisement and career guidance to University Studies students and to the general RIT student community. The program guides each student toward identifying a program of study and a pathway to achieve their educational and career goals. As ever, support is a critical need. If you are an alumnus/a, a gift directed to the University Studies program will allow you to give back to RIT as you support the next generation of students.