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RIT among the 10 best colleges for getting a job in tech

By Scott Bureau

For students hoping to secure a job in the technology field, RIT is one of the top colleges in the nation to target, according to new rankings from StartClass.

The college research website ranked RIT 10th among the top 20 schools for getting a job in the tech industry. StartClass noted RIT’s computer engineering graduates earn an average salary of $66,500, while RIT’s computer science graduates earn $66,000.

“Employers know what they are getting when they hire an RIT graduate,” said Michael Yacci, senior associate dean for academic affairs of RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. “Our placements provide clear evidence of the strength of our programs.”

StartClass created the rankings to help aspiring techies put themselves in a better position for gainful employment after college graduation. The education research website runs rankings on educational institutions using a large proprietary database and search engine.

To find the top schools, StartClass looked at the percentage of students studying computer science or computer engineering, the reported salary of students who graduated from those degree programs and the amount of funding the university received from the National Science Foundation for computer science projects and research.

The rankings also took into account the StartClass Smart Rating system, which is based on a school’s financial affordability, career readiness, admissions selectivity, expert opinion and academic excellence. All school data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education. Salary information comes from 2014 data from PayScale.

To see the full list of “Best Colleges for Getting a Job in Tech,” go

To review the entry-level salaries of graduates from all RIT programs, go