Why Choose RIT?

One of the world’s leading technological institutions, RIT is a vibrant, connected community that is home to diverse, ambitious, and creative students from more than 100 countries. It offers an incredible array of academic programs; a diverse, committed, and accessible faculty; sophisticated facilities; and an unusual emphasis on experiential learning.

Why Choose RIT?

Programs Based on Market Demand

RIT offers more than 100 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs built upon our strengths in combination with market demand. Many of our graduate programs are interdisciplinary, allowing you to benefit from and take advantage of the strengths of several of our colleges and their faculty.

Career Preparation and Work Opportunities

RIT offers excellent career preparation and work opportunities for graduate students. In 2017-18, 25 percent of our graduate students completed at least one semester of cooperative education. More than 600 international students on F-1 and J-1 visas are currently completing 1–3 additional years of post-graduation training at companies in the U.S.

Facilities that Enhance Learning

RIT has well-equipped, state-of-the-art facilities that are rarely matched on other campuses. Our campus is sophisticated and high tech with the latest equipment, software, studios, laboratories, and conveniences— the tools you need to explore and excel. We help you utilize the latest technology and understand its impact on the world.

Faculty with Industry Experience

You’ll be taught by faculty with years of experience teaching and working in their fields. Our faculty are passionate about their disciplines and their role in both the lab and the classroom. They are innovative and resourceful. They engage students in the process of discovery and the contribution of new knowledge to their fields.

An Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable Environment

The physical beauty of our campus comes from an interplay of natural and park-like settings with modern buildings, architectural features, and artwork prominently on display. Comfortable spaces throughout campus offer places to relax or work on projects and team assignments. Our community of more than 20,000 students, faculty, and staff has made a commitment to advance sustainability in all areas—in academic programs and research initiatives, in our campus operations and consumption practices.

Strong Reputation and Rankings

Among the nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., RIT ranks in the top 4 percent for selectivity and is is among the nation's top third “National Universities” according to U.S. News & World Report rankings, and is considered a “best value” university according to U.S. News & World Report. The university annually receives top recognition in Peterson’s college guides, Fiske’s Selective Guide to Colleges, and the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges Guide. RIT’s programs regularly earn the highest academic and professional accreditation possible within specific fields of study, such as ABET (engineering) and AACSB (business).

Career-Enhancing Research Opportunities

Graduate students have opportunities for research in their program of study, working with faculty, business and industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. The university offers more than 50 research centers and laboratories dedicated to these research pursuits. Each year, many companies worldwide cooperate with RIT students and faculty on research initiatives, and the university annually sponsors a graduate research symposium to showcase students’ research efforts.

Networking Power

With an RIT degree, you’ll be in good company with more than 125,000 well-connected alumni who value the power of an RIT degree and look to hire our graduates.

Diverse Student Population

RIT attracts students from every U.S. state and more than 2,700 international students from more than 100 countries. More than 3,000 students of color have elected to study at RIT. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives helps prepare you to work with individuals from different cultures and countries in today’s global business society. Adding a social and educational dynamic not found at any other university are more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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