The Golisano College is one of the most respected computing colleges in the United States and offers a wide range of highly-ranked computing programs. Our co-op programs and industry partnerships have helped our graduates find success at tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, in addition to a host of startups, while other graduates have even gone on to found their own successful companies. To learn more about individual programs please explore our academic and individual department sections. Below please find more information related to admissions.
Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from a variety of geographical, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Read more...
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RIT's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students and their families in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a quality education. We realize that you are taking an important step in your life-one that is exciting, yet challenging. Since you have many other things to consider as you prepare for college, we want to help make your financial aid experience as smooth as possible. Read more...
While the primary responsibility for your education rests with you and your family, we will assist you in identifying additional financial aid resources. Currently, more than 13,000 RIT undergraduate and graduate students receive over $291 million dollars in financial assistance from federal, state, and institutional resources, in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment. We expect to continue this commitment by assisting the same number of students for the upcoming academic year. For complete financial aid information please visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
The bachelor of science degree programs in computer science, information technology, software engineering, and networking and systems administration are fully accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET –www.abet.org
All programs in the Golisano College have a cooperative education requirement. Co-op generally starts after completing two years of the program and ends so that the last semester attended is in residence. Co-ops may be one or two semesters in length and at any company that satisfies the program’s requirements. Please refer to each program for specific information regarding cooperative education requirements. Academic advisers also can provide students with information concerning the co-op experience.
As part of its commitment to student success, the Golisano College provides both academic advising and career counseling. Students have access to their program chairperson, a faculty adviser, a full-time academic adviser, the academic advising office in the College of Liberal Arts, and program coordinators from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services. In addition, office staff provides support for registration and help with records and scheduling. Part-time and evening students can arrange for these services at night by appointment.
Honors Program: Students who demonstrate a high level of achievement at the high school level may be invited to join the Honors program. These students will participate in Honors course work throughout their program of study and experiential learning activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Honors students will be selected during the admissions process. Read more...
Study Abroad: RIT encourages all students to consider a study abroad program. Students may study full-time at a variety of host schools and are able to select courses that fulfill requirements in their academic field of study and/or liberal arts general education requirements. The Study Abroad Office has information about foreign study options and opportunities.
Minors: RIT offers students more than 100 minors to choose from to enhance their academic program or further develop a personal area of interest.
Accelerated dual degree option: Some programs offer accelerated, five-year dual BS/MS degree options. These degrees offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in less time than pursuing each degree individually. Please refer to individual programs, the Graduate Bulletin, or the college’s website for more information. Read more...
Double majors: The college offers a number of double majors to assist students in obtaining two areas of expertise. Please refer to individual programs or the college’s website for more information.
Graduate study: The college offers a doctorate program in computing and information sciences; master of science degrees in computer science, computing security, game design and development, human-computer interaction, information technology, medical informatics, networking and systems administration, and software engineering; and advanced certificates in information assurance, network planning and design, and web development. Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin or the college’s website for more information.
Student Organizations and Clubs
Golisano College is home to a variety of student organizations and clubs that enrich the academic and social experiences of our students. Among these groups are the Society of Software Engineers, the Electronic Gaming Society, Game Developers Club, and Women in Computing. To learn more about clubs and organizations please visit the Beyond Academics portion of our website.