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As the global economy becomes increasingly integrated and interdependent, there is great economic advantage in sharing ideas, insight, and innovation.  By locating near Rochester Institute of Technology, you will find a limitless stretch of business connections in a dynamic network of powerful technology-focused industry clusters.  It is environment where enterprises have access to extended resources, enabling them to accelerate decision making and implementations while anticipating the shifting marketplace. 

Rochester Institute of Technology


RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career oriented education. Talented, ambitious and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds – and from 50 states and more than 95 countries -- have chosen to attend RIT. Our eight colleges offer more than 90 different bachelor’s degree programs in art and design, business, engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, photography, environmental studies, hospitality and service management, computing and information sciences, information technology, bioinformatics, and many other areas.


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Learn more about RIT from excerpts of President Destler’s 2010 State of the Institute speech…  

To keep you up to date, let me review some of RIT’s recent significant accomplishments and some exciting new initiatives for the coming year:

First, our enrollment has set new records: 17,200 students call RIT home, an all-time high. This is not just in Rochester, but also in satellite campuses around the world and even students studying on-line. RIT is now among the top dozen largest private universities in the nation, in terms of undergraduate enrollment.

RIT’s sheer scale means it is an even more important contributor to our national and global economies. Consider these two statistics:

RIT is now the third largest producer of undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among ALL private universities in the US.

We are now the number one producer of undergraduate computing degrees among ALL institutions nationally, public or private.

The hallmark of an RIT education is the co-op program. Each year, more than 3,600 students complete more than 5,300 work assignments with more than 1,900 companies and organizations from small start-up firms to Fortune 500 corporations. Last year those students generated more than $30 million in earnings through their employment with industry, business, government, and the not-for-profit sector throughout the U.S. and in 40 foreign countries. U.S. News and World Report annually singles out RIT as one of the nation’s elite internship/co-op schools.

And this year:

We are initiating a new Masters in Architecture program, and we initiated a new Masters in Sustainable Systems degree program to augment our Sustainability Ph.D. program.

Enrollment at our RIT campuses abroad has increased to 1,200, and our fledgling Dubai campus has received a new $5 million commitment from the United Arab Emirates to support the introduction of undergraduate programs there. This complements our existing campuses in Croatia and Kosovo and other relationships we have with more than 60 countries across the globe.

Our strategic alliance with the Rochester General Health System continues to move forward. This will allow us to coalesce our various educational programs in the health sciences area into a new College of Health Sciences within the Institute and will permit the introduction of carefully selected new educational programs in this area as well.

One of the most challenging aspects of my job these days is to decide where I should begin giving visitors the campus tour. We have so many new things to show off…

Do I start on the east side, showing off the Campus Center, the new hub of student activity? Or should we head south and observe the bustling activity on the new bike path and freshly landscaped pedestrian walkways?

To the north, we can visit an international arts treasure: the iconic work of international designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli is now permanently archived at the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies. This is in addition to a new wing to replace the School for American Crafts “village.”

I can also point to the future where we plan to build Institute Hall, a new facility to support research, bio-medical engineering and chemical engineering.

Let’s head west. We’ve recently opened another jewel – Global Village. Global Village provides a unique environment for RIT students as they prepare to enter the global community, travel overseas, and join a culturally diverse workforce.

We now have in place a full set of educational and administrative assets to support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. This includes the Center for Student Innovation, an associated design and prototyping facility, an Entrepreneur’s Hall, our business development laboratory, our intellectual property management office, and our business incubator. We are building a reputation for RIT as the place to come if you have innovative and creative ideas with the potential to yield new products, services, and businesses.

And of course, we cheered our men’s hockey team through a record-breaking season that resulted in the Atlantic Hockey Association regular season and Tournament championships, our first appearance in the NCAA Division I national championship tournament resulting in the championship of the East Region Tournament in Albany, and our first appearance in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four.

In sum, RIT is increasingly playing a leading role in academia. The wide-ranging talent of RIT faculty, staff and students is ideally suited to meet the needs of industry for new technologies and new ideas for businesses, products, and services. Our combination of intellectual assets places RIT in a strong position to become a national leader in addressing complex social problems, such as meeting future energy needs or educating students for a more knowledge-based global economy. RIT’s unique program mix of the traditional programs in science, technology, engineering, and business combined with its strong programs in the liberal, design, and creative arts and the unique diversity provided by NTID, gives the university the potential to become a national center of creativity and innovation unlike any other. If we can continue to move RIT in this direction during the years ahead, RIT will quickly take its place among the nation’s finest universities, public or private. And we will have accomplished that goal for the best of reasons – we will have worked for the benefit of our students, our community, our nation, and the world, and perhaps had some fun along the way.