Founded in 1829, RIT is an internationally recognized leader in professional and career-oriented education enrolling more than 16,500 students worldwide. RIT is the 15th largest private university in the US and holds membership in the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) and the National Commission on Cooperative Education (NCCE).
RIT faculty has extensive teaching experience, and is internationally respected for contributions in their professional fields. Selected faculty honors and awards include National Science Foundation awards, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grants, Pulitzer prizes, and Fulbright awards. Through their professional activities, including applied research and consulting, RIT’s professors stay at the forefront of their fields.
For over a century, a hallmark of RIT success has been strong partnerships with business and industry. Such support is visible on campus in such facilities as the Bausch & Lomb Center, IBM Collaboratory, Toyota Lab, and Xerox Auditorium. In addition, advisory boards made up of business and industry leaders meet regularly to provide support and direction regarding curriculum, cooperative education, research and facilities. Advisory board members represent such companies as Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, The Boeing Company, CISCO, Xerox, General Electric, IBM, Marriott Corporation….
RIT alumni number over 102,000 worldwide, and include business, industry, and government leaders. Hundreds of top companies and government agencies—from global giants to start-up companies—rely on RIT as a source for filling full-time positions and providing ongoing employee development. RIT graduates are highly sought after by companies of all sizes in virtually every industry in the US and abroad.
RIT graduates find that their employment prospects are bright because of the career-related work experience that is built into the academic programs through cooperative education, internships, and other types of experiential learning. RIT’s cooperative education program is among the oldest, largest, and most distinguished around the globe, and more than 600 companies visit RIT annually, conducting more than 7,000 employment interviews.
US News and World Report has rated RIT among the top ten comprehensive universities in the northeastern United States every year since 1983. Importantly, RIT has been rated first or second in academic reputation for all twenty-two years of the ratings. RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York, and is accredited by the well-recognized Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, many of our individual programs and departments have professional accreditation from business and industry organizations such as the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
As a strategic partner of the larger university, RIT Dubai ascribes to the same vision, mission and values as RIT and our main campus. RIT Dubai strives to bring the same high quality, internationally recognized higher education programs to Dubai and the Gulf region, in support of economic development in the region.
RIT will lead higher education in preparing students for successful careers in a global society.
The RIT community engages and motivates students through stimulating and collaborative experiences. Our mission is to provide technology-based educational programs for personal and professional development. We rigorously pursue new and emerging career areas. We develop and deliver curricula and advance scholarship relevant to emerging technologies and social conditions. Our community is committed to diversity and student centeredness and is distinguished by our innovative and collaborative spirit.
Internal and external partnerships expand our students’ experiential learning. RIT is committed to mutually enriching relationships with alumni, government, business and the world community. Teaching, learning, scholarship, leadership development, and student success are our central enterprises.
Student Centeredness: Exhibits behavior, performs duties of position, and/or makes decisions that demonstrate and/or support the importance of students as the primary constituency of the university and/or contributes directly to student success.
Professional Development and Scholarship: Takes actions to continuously advance and/or improve in one’s academic or professional discipline; as an individual contributor; as a team member; and/or as an organizational leader.
Integrity and Ethics: Does what it takes to deliver on commitments made to the department, college, or division and to constituency groups. Builds personal trust and relationships inside and outside the university by doing what one says he or she will do when it is promised.
Respect, Diversity and Pluralism: Provides a high level of service to fellow members of the RIT community. Treats every person with dignity. Demonstrates inclusion by incorporating diverse perspectives to plan, conduct, and/or evaluate the work of the organization, department, college, or division.
Innovation and Flexibility: Provides and/or encourages new ideas that could make the department, college, or division an even better organization. Open to, and adapts well to change.
Teamwork and Collaboration: Contributes to the efforts of the department, division, or college as a team player. Works well with others outside the department to accomplish cross-college or division goals and objectives.